New Zealand have won the Astor Trophy for the first time in history after defeating Australia in a tense showdown on the final day.

It was a battle of the Tasman to see who would be crowned Astor Trophy champions at the beginning of the final day at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Canada. New Zealand were leading the competition on 2.5 points, and only needed a half to secure the elusive trophy.

After halving the morning foursomes one-all, the Kiwi’s knew that two single’s points was all that was needed in the afternoon to get the job done.

British Amateur runner-up Amelia Garvey had been leading the team out all week and did just that again this afternoon. She won four of her last six holes to claim a crucial 1 up victory and got the first point on the board for the Kiwis.

Carmen Lim was next up to the plate, and unfortunately couldn’t follow on from Garvey’s heroics and would succumb to her opponent Amelia Mehmet-Grohn 4 and 3.

Wenyung Keh had gone unbeaten the whole week and was eager to continue that trend and claim the final point needed.

Keh once again showed her class to seal another point for the Kiwi’s against Stacey White, to claim the Astor Trophy for the first time.

Knowing the contest had all but been sewn up, news quickly filtered back to Julianne Alvarez who was battling it out in the last match of the day against Emily Mahar. A half wasn’t what they wanted as they really wanted to beat their Australian rivals. When Alvarez won the 17th to win 2 and 1, the celebrations begun.

Team Manager and Coach Jay Carter was with the team the whole week, and says they showed a tremendous amount of courage to get the job done.

“The girls are pretty pumped. We talked about what the Astor Trophy meant to us and the importance of representing our country, and I think the girls really came together and embraced the challenge this week.

“The only time our name has been on the trophy was when we’ve hosted the event back in New Zealand. We chatted this morning about what the day could hold for us and the pressure that comes with that, and we just tried hard to embrace it and not shy away from it.”

“To see the girls handle the pressure and get the job done is a pretty cool feeling, we’re all over the moon,” said Carter.

Winning the Astor Trophy is the icing on the cake for team stalwart Julianne Alvarez, who is going through LPGA Qualifying School to join her former team mate Lydia Ko on the tour.

“The first time I represented New Zealand was the Astor Trophy back in 2011 and Lydia was one of my team mates.

“To win the trophy for the first time is the icing on the cake for my amateur career, it’ll be something I remember for a long time,” says Alvarez.

The Kiwi’s will defend the Astor Trophy in four years’ time when it is our turn to host.




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