Jimmy Zheng has come close to being crowned a world champion, finishing runner-up at the IMG Academy Junior World Championship hosted at Torrey Pines.

A single stroke separated the Auckland rep from eventual champion Aidric Jose Chan of the Philippines, who finished at 11-under for the tournament. Zheng’s consistent rounds of 71, 70, 66, and 71 came up just shy at 10-under par.

Although this may not be the result the young Kiwi golfer was after, he’s shown great form throughout his American golfing campaign as he’s now earned himself two runner-up finishes in four events, as well as being first alternate for the US Junior Amateur.

New Zealand had another top three finish over on the Staysure Tour, with Greg Turner finishing in a tie for third at the European Tour Destinations Senior Classic.

Turner posted his best finish of 2019 after firing three consecutive rounds of 69 to finish at nine-under for the event, four shots back of the winner.

Consistency was key for Turner making only three bogeys for the event; the least of anybody in the field. Turner’s game is certainly trending in the right direction, and he remains in 33rd position on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit.

On the European Challenge Tour, Josh Geary has also continued his solid run of form with another top 20 finish at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge in France.

Geary carded rounds of 67, 75, 70, and 68 to finish the tournament at four-under par, and in a tie for 17th place. He falls four places in the European Challenge Tour rankings, 10 places outside the elusive top 15 who get their European Tour cards for the following season.

Nick Voke made the cut on the Korn Ferry Tour, finishing in a tie for 59th at the end of the four rounds at the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes.

Voke shot rounds of 72, 69, 73, and 74 to finish at even-par for the event, and is projected to move up two spots to 164th in The 25.

Other Kiwi performances came from Ryan Fox and Danny Lee who both missed the cut at their events on the European Tour and PGA Tour respectively.

Fox missed the cut by a single stroke after rounds of 70 and 68 at the Scottish Open, leaving him at four-under for the tournament. Meanwhile Lee had scores of 72 and 70 to finish at even-par at the John Deere Classic.

Congratulations are also in order for all the young Kiwi golfers who competed in the IMG Academy Junior World Championships.

Flying the Kiwi flag in the boy’s section was Kazuma Kobori, Dylan Bagley, Zach May, Josh Bai, Seb May, Robby Turnbull, Josh Harris, Oscar Guo, Bowen Shao, Justin Le, James Ge, and Dong Peng Zuo who all had valuable experiences in their age groups.

In the girls section Maddie May, Sumin Kang, Rianne Li, Toaiva Faafia, Sarah Li, and Bella Zijun Zhong all flew the Kiwi flag with pride in their respective divisions.



    1 Kobori, Kazuma 145.55
    2 Wood, Tyler 103.05
    3 Brown, Luke 95.93
    4 Lee, Jang Hyun 94.57
    5 McLean, Matthew 87.81
    1 Chung, Darae 192.59
    2 Xu, Fiona 146.41
    3 Khoo, Caryn 142.44
    4 Lu, Vivian 131.84
    5 Dryland, Brittney 101.83