GEARY COMPLETES WIRE-TO-WIRE VICTORY AT AKARANA OPEN

7/04/2019


Josh Geary has claimed his second Barfoot & Thompson Akarana Open to go wire-to-wire and finish two-shots clear of Dongwoo Kang and Mike Hendry while Caryn Khoo won by a dominant four-shots in the women’s field.

With rounds of 63, 64, 67 and 68, Geary showed why he is the in-form Kiwi after his recent success at the 100th New Zealand Open where he finished tied second and is happy to finally get over the line.


“It feels great, it’s been a while between drinks but to get the job done under some pressure today was pleasing,” said Geary.

Today’s victory didn’t come easy with a valiant effort from Dongwoo Kang who was five-under at the turn and just one-shot behind Geary who then made a vital birdie on the difficult 16th hole to give himself a two-shot buffer down the home stretch.

“I have battled over the last two days and wasn’t playing my best but I grinded it out and was able to get an important birdie on 16 so it was nice to finish strong,” said the 34-year-old.

“It’s great to get a win round here, especially at a track that doesn’t normally suit me, it’s quite tight and I don’t like that, so it’s a sign my game is in a good place.

Dongwoo Kang brought back memories of last year’s Akarana Open where he also made a charge but after recording two amazing rounds of 64 over the weekend, he will be slightly disappointed to have only recorded one birdie on the back-nine today and really push Geary.

Mike Hendry who was consistent throughout the week finished with a birdie three in front of a packed clubhouse to join Kang in the runner-up position.

Auckland’s Jared Edwards completed the week as the leading amateur and a career-high fifth place finish on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour. He was followed closely by Jimmy Zheng who shot the low-round of the tournament with a stunning nine-under 61 to rise 17 places up the leaderboard.

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Caryn Khoo has claimed her second Jennian Homes Charles Tour title in dominant fashion today with a four-shot win at the Barfoot & Thompson Akarana Open.

With a very safe final round of one-over par Khoo will put her victory down to a superb third round of four-under 68 which bolted her into contention and from there she never looked back.

This trophy will now sit alongside her Ngamotu Classic title which she won in 2017 as she continues to evolve as a player.

“It feels more like relief at the moment and its great to get the victory today but it’s more important to help me continue building in confidence and have a good mindset under pressure,” said Khoo.

The 25-year-old had a three-stroke lead entering the 72nd hole before deciding to take it all into her own hands and pull driver which ended in success with a closing birdie to make things even sweeter.

“I got a bit shaky coming down the back-nine but was able to hold myself together and just let loose and go on the last.”

The celebrations for Khoo seem pretty calm as she and Brittney Dryland look to go surfing out at Muriwai tomorrow and maybe cast an eye on their next challenge with the Autex Muriwai Open starting next week.

In second place was the round one leader Eunseo Choi at just the age of 12-years-old followed by Marina Ito who is looking better every event and will be a threat next week.

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    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Kobori, Kazuma 124.59
    2 Lee, Jang Hyun 106.88
    3 Brown, Luke 99.52
    4 Tynan, Johnny 94.41
    5 McLean, Matthew 92.20
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Chung, Darae 123.24
    2 Xu, Fiona 117.20
    3 Khoo, Caryn 94.00
    4 Lee, Jeong Hyun 77.40
    5 Dryland, Brittney 74.43