Rising professional Nick Voke has shown his class to lead the inaugural Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Super 6’s after the opening round on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour.

Voke fired a stellar six-under 65 at Manawatu Golf Club in blustery conditions to take a one stroke lead going into the second day. He’s also off to a flying start in his quest to making it to the final 24 golfers that will tee it up on Sunday.

Voke made seven birdies on a cool morning in Hokowhitu, and says his game is in great shape and is trending in the right direction.

“It was a good solid day today where I didn’t do too much wrong. It got pretty windy out there, but I managed to drive the ball really well and hit most of the fairways on a course that is very demanding off the tee.

“I managed to get the ball rolling with the flat stick too so anytime you drive the ball well and putt well, it’s a recipe for a good score,” Voke says.

The former New Zealand representative is excited at the prospect of playing the new Super 6 format should he be around on Sunday, and believes it brings a new dynamic to the traditional final day of a golf tournament.

“This is the second time I’ve played in a tournament with this format, but the first time I actually missed the 36-hole cut so we’re off to a good start this week,” Voke laughs.

“The goal was to sneak inside the top eight and get cracking a little bit later on Sunday.”

Along with the new tournament format, the Jennian Homes Charles will also be playing as a mixed gender event for the first time since Greg Turner’s events from 2004 – 2007.

Voke got to see first-hand some of the talent of the rising female stars in our game, playing alongside Auckland’s Fiona Xu who shot a round of one-over which leaves her in in a share of 23rd, right on the bubble of the top 24 who make it to Sunday.

However, it was South Korea’s Jeong Hyun Lee that stole the show for the females on the opening day, carding a five-under 66 to be one back of Voke going into Friday.

Lee is in New Zealand for a month and will play events on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour before heading home.

Her opening round in her New Zealand trip finished with a hole out pitch on the 18th hole with a sand wedge from 85 metres, which was the cherry on top of a great day out on the golf course.

“I played well today. The course was very narrow, and I don’t hit my driver very far, but I hit it very straight today. The course set up well for me,” Lee explains.

Playing with males isn’t something she’s experienced much of in her young golfing career thus far, and she’s intrigued to see how she goes in the coming rounds.

“I haven’t played with males a lot, but I managed to learn a few things out there today,” Lee says.

She’s a shot ahead of Michael Hendry who continues his run of solid form this year. However, it was a day of what could have been for the North harbour professional.

He made five birdies and an eagle but put three bogeys on his scorecard that all came from three-putts.

“It could easily have been seven-under today. I struggled on the greens and it was tricky in the wind,” he says.

Despite not getting the best out of his round today, Hendry says his game is feeling good.

“The game feels solid but a little scrappy in places, but I wonder if that is because I had Monday and Tuesday off this week after the New Zealand Open and I didn’t get to prepare as well in the Pro-Am yesterday with the wind blowing the way it was.

“I’m hoping my game will build during the week and hopefully I tidy a few things up so I can put a few rounds together,” explains Hendry.

Round two at the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Super 6’s gets underway at 8am tomorrow.

The top 60 and ties will progress through to Saturday where the top 24 will be found for Sunday.



    1 Lee, Jang Hyun 165.33
    2 Smail, Charlie 82.67
    3 Jones, Samuel 82.00
    4 Kobori, Kazuma 66.67
    4 Zheng, Jimmy 66.67
    1 Son, Yeonsoo 117.08
    2 Kang, Sumin 104.40
    3 Chung, Darae 100.00
    4 Im, Amy 61.07
    5 Ju, Angela 60.00