Taranaki’s Sam Jones and Australia’s Doey Choi have won the 2019 New Zealand Amateur Championships at Remuera Golf Club.

Jones won the men’s 36-hole final 4&3 after trailing 17-year-old Mitchell Kale much of the day. He was on the back foot early as Kale eagled the opening hole to go 1 up, and then hit the shot of the tournament on the third hole, holing his tee shot on the 170-metre par 3 to put some distance in between himself and Jones after the opening stanza of play.

Jones managed to stay in touch with the young Bay of Plenty golfer and won the final two holes of the morning round to be 1 down going into lunch.

He’d come out firing in the afternoon round, making an eagle of his own at the first to square the match up with 17 holes to play. The pair would continue to trade blows, but Jones would go into the final nine holes of the tournament with a one-hole advantage.

The Taranaki golfer continued to put the pedal down, winning the 28th, 31st, and 33rd holes to claim the biggest victory of his young career.

“It feels pretty awesome now. I think it’s going to take a while to sink in to be honest, I’m absolutely thrilled,” says a thrilled Jones.

He says he was riding on a lot of confidence, given the way he got to the final.

“I felt really good. I was obviously coming off that playoff win yesterday afternoon and I was feeling really comfortable with my game today. I didn’t hit it very well this morning but I managed to sneak a couple of holes late on 17 and 18 to just be 1 down at lunch where I could’ve easily been four or five.

“I started hitting some good shots this afternoon and started hitting some good shots which calmed me down. Thankfully it was enough,” Jones says.

The Taranaki golfer is wrapped to be able to bring the trophy back to his home course at Manaia.

“This means a lot for me and my family. Dad booked a flight yesterday afternoon, so he was coming up regardless if I got through to the final or not and thankfully I did. My mum and her partner drove up early this morning which is awesome.”

“I come from a really small club back home and they give me plenty of support so it’s nice to get this done for them.”



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