The return of the Jennian Homes Charles Tour drew many talking points throughout the week of the Autex Muriwai Open.

The Jennian Homes Charles Tour returned to the New Zealand Golf calendar for the first time since Covid-19 sent us into lockdown, a rising star managed to come from behind to win the biggest title of his young career, and men and women competed in the same field, for the same title, and for the same prize purse for the second time on the tour.

Momoka Kobori also made her mark last week, finishing as the leading female in one of the strongest fields in recent memory on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour. The wind was strong throughout the event, and Kobori finished a credible two-under par and in a tie for sixth place.

Having not played in in a mixed gender event before, she knew it would be a great indication to see where her game was at.

“The week was challenging for everyone. The wind was strong, and we all played in tough scoring conditions so I’m really happy with how I managed my way around the golf course to finish at two-under for the tournament. I put four solid rounds together which was great.

“I enjoyed playing against the guys. There aren’t too many places in the world where women can test themselves against the guys in the same field in a competitive tournament. I found it a real challenge because they tend to play a different game to what I play, and I think I can learn a lot from what they do.

“I think it’s a really positive thing for women’s golf,” Kobori explains.

She feels extra motivated to put in the work leading up to the stretch of Jennian Homes Charles Tour events scheduled for October, starting with the DVS Pegasus Open at the Pegasus Golf and Sports Club; where her family has already had success.

“It would be absolutely amazing if either myself or one of the other girls could get a win on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour. It would be a huge boost for the women in our game.

“Winning is definitely the goal and I’m going to work hard to ensure I’ve got the best chance at doing that. It would be really exciting to get a professional win at the same course as my brother,” she says.

Younger brother Kazuma won the 2019 NZPGA Championship at Pegasus Golf and Sports Club, and the pair also got to play with each other during the final round of the Autex Muriwai Open for the first time in a competitive event.

Momoka says it was a special feeling walking the fairways with her brother in a tournament environment.

“We’ve played in the same event before but have never been grouped together so that was really cool.

“We had a little banter out there. Prior to the event we both said that we wanted to beat each other as there is always a bit of sibling rivalry there. I think a lot of people were expecting him to beat me, so I was trying my best to stop that from happening,” Kobori laughs.

They both will turn their attention to the DVS Pegasus Open that gets underway on October 1.



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