The Lion Foundation New Zealand Amateur Championship is underway with two Aucklanders and the Philippine women setting the tone on day one with the Foursomes at the Russley Golf Club in Christchurch.

Fraser Wilkin (Royal Auckland) and Sam An (Titirangi) combined for a one under par total (143) to win by one shot from Owen Burgess and Mark O’Malley and Keelan Kilpatrick and Cameron Jones.

The pair, who was part of the successful Auckland team to claim the SBS team’s title in Invercargill, was happy to claim their first national title and their own part of New Zealand Golf history.

“It is pretty awesome to have our names on a New Zealand Golf trophy,” said 23-year-old Wilkin.

“It is always something that I have wanted to achieve and it is great to get it done – it is the perfect start to the week.”

“It’s actually pretty special winning a national title,” said the 17-year-old An.

“I didn’t expect it to be honest – we just went out there to have fun.

“I don’t know if it was me or my partner but it was pleasing to win.”

“We both were a bit patchy today but we combined really well and when one of us was in trouble the other came up with a good chip or good putt,” continued Wilkin.

Wilkin said it was nice to fly beneath the radar with some of the bigger names like Ben Campbell and Ryan Fox stealing the preview headlines.

“I have played a lot with Foxy over the years and learnt from him and I feel like my game is in good shape.

“The key to this week is going to be keeping it in the fairway – accuracy is at a premium really – the rough is long and there are a lot of trees out there.”

The Philippine duo of Sarah Jane Ababa and Jayvie Agojo with 153 (76, 77) won the women’s title from Julianne Alvarez and Barbara Parreno (79, 75) who finished on 154.

Meantime, the superstar duo of Cecilia Cho, who will look to make history in becoming the first three time champion of the New Zealand Amateur in more than a century, and Lydia Ko sat out the event opting to practice instead.

Fine weather is forecast for the week in Christchurch with 156 amateurs teeing it up for the chance of national glory in the men’s and women’s strokeplay.

The Russley Golf Club is in mint condition with the rough long and today’s scores are testament to how tough the course will play this week.

The defending men’s champion is Srixon Academy member Brad Kendall, who followed in his father’s footsteps Owen who won the event in 1974 at Manor Park.

There will be a new women’s New Zealand Strokeplay champion with former Srixon Academy member Caroline Bon turning professional at the end of 2010.

It is one piece of silverware from the New Zealand Golf trophy cabinet that both Cho and Ko have not won.

If today is anything to go by then the Philippine golfers are in good form.

If the New Zealand women’s strokeplay title is going to stay in local hands then the Kiwis will have to be at their best, and the likes of Campbell and Fox also have competition ready to fire.

Lion Foundation New Zealand Amateur Men’s Foursomes
143 Fraser Wilkin and Sam An (72, 71)
144 Owen Burgess and Mark O’Malley (71, 73), Keelan Kilpatrick and Cameron Jones (74, 70)
145 Vaughan McCall and Jeremy Hall (74, 71)
148 William Howard and Victor Janin (76, 72)
149 Kaylin Huwyler and Ruel Pedersen (77, 72), Blake McGrory and Simon Viitakangas (70, 79)
150 Adam Church and Brad Rowland (73, 77) Shaun Jones and Nic Kay (74, 76), Bradley Kendall, and Sam Davis (76, 74) Mathew Perry and Daniel Pearce (74, 76)
151 Benjamin Campbell and Harry Bateman (78,    73), Landyn Edwards and Tyler Lock (76, 75), Michael McAuley and Jason Yoo (77, 74)     Compton Pikari and Hayden Beard (76, 75), Scott Ritchie and Tom Turner (75, 76) Troy Scott and Daniel Graham (77, 74) Phill Tuoro and Jeffrey Tuoro, Jeffrey (78,73)
152 Tom Cardno and Kevin Budden (76,    76)
154 Ryan Chisnall and Tim Leonard (74,  80), Steven Heyes and Timothy White (76, 78)
155 Jason Gulasekharam and Anthony Cope (77,    78) Drew Atkins and James Devlin (85, 70), Luke Brown, and Teremoana Beaucousin, (76, 80), Michael Ormandy and Cody Harper, Cody (79, 78)
157 Jason Boobyer and Luke Toomey (82, 75), Moon Hak Lee and Reegan Kilpatrick (76, 81), Mark Speedy and Ryan Fox (78, 79)
158 Robert Bell and Jordan Green (78, 80), Ross Valentine and James Eng (78, 80)
159 Tyler Hodge and Lachie McDonald (81, 78)
160 Stewart Gray and Jayson Zulch (79,  81), Steven Lummis and Thomas Dasler (77, 83), Walker Ronald and Jonathan Ratcliffe (79, 81) Michael Worsfold and Ho Jun Sung (79, 81), Doug Mathews and Nicolai Walynetz (81, 80)

Lion Foundation New Zealand Amateur Women’s Foursomes
153 Sarah Jane Ababa and Jayvie Agojo (76, 77)
154 Julianne Alvarez and Barbara Parreno (79, 75)
155 Emily Perry and Chantell Cassidy (78, 77)
160 Jess Guenzerodt and Sylvie Williams (81, 79)
161 Brianna Maynard and Emily Eng (79, 82)
162 Chihiro Ikeda and Love Lynn Mary Guiguio (81, 81)Te Rongopai Clay and Jesse Hamilton (82, 80)
164 Saini Skudder and Grace Senior (85, 79)
166 Brydie Hodge and Emma Clayton (82, 84), Brittney Dryland and Catherine Bell (83, 83), Laura Hoskin and Imogen Donnelly-Lawrence (84, 82)



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    2 Smail, Charlie 70.86
    3 Jones, Samuel 70.29
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 57.14
    4 Zheng, Jimmy 57.14
    1 Son, Yeonsoo 86.85
    2 Chung, Darae 73.47
    3 Kang, Sumin 69.60
    4 Im, Amy 59.69
    5 Raj, Tara 54.49