Home' New Zealand Golf Magazine : New Zealand Golf Magazine July 2013 Contents SMAIL SHINES AT TOUR
Another solid result for New
Zealand golfer David Smail on
the Japan Tour.
The former New Zealand
Open champion inished in a
share of 20th place at seven
under par at the Japan Tour
Championship. He was seven
shots o the winner, Japanese
Smail, who has played on the
tour for the past 15 consecutive
seasons, had rounds of 73, 68,
67 and 73 at Shishido Hills.
The e ort earned the Hamilton
pro $24,000 NZDfor his week
and he climbed to 54th on the
New Zealand No.1 Michael
Hendry was four shots further
back in a share of 33rd place.
Whangarei golfer Kadin Neho's year just keeps getting
better. No doubt enjoying his purple patch of late the
talented Whangarei teenager won a third straight
Westpac Northern Wairoa Open recently.
The 54 hole tournament is played ofer two days with 27
holes each day. The inal nine holes of the irst day saw
Neho make his move and surge past McKeown (35) who
faltered with a couple of late bogies. Navigating some
treacherous pin placements Neho posted a staggering
seven under par 29 to take him to ive under heading into
day. Neho began day two with a back nine 33 to give him a
second round 62 and a total of 136 with one round to play.
Six shots back in the chasing pack were McKeown (142)
closely followed by Perrin (144) and Luke Brown (146).
A inal round 69 saw Neho win number three in a row at
Northern Wairoa, his 11 under par (205) total matching
his winning score in 2012. Second went to the consistent
McKeown at 2 under while the fast inishing Brown (The
Pines) beat Perrin for third place by a single stroke. Alex
Neely (Kerikeri) inished with a two under par 70 to round
out the top ive.
Auckland professional Ryan Fox has broken his 2013 duck by
defending his title in style at the Fiji Open Golf Championship.
The 26-year-old showed his rivals a clean pair of heels as he ired
rounds of 64 and 65 on the weekend at the Fiji Golf Club course
in Vatuwaqa to win the title by nine shots from compatriots, and
former New Zealand team-mates, Nick Gillespie and Mathew Perry.
His inal round seven-under-par 65 saw him inish on a 20 under
par, 268 total, for the four-round tournament.
Ryan was pleased to return to winning ways.
"First win of the year today," he said on Facebook. "[Shot] 64, 65
on the weekend to win the Fiji Open by nine. Get up!!"
It is a good turnaround in form for Fox who so far had struggled
to back up his impressive maiden season as a professional in 2012.
The Aucklander won three times last year claiming international
wins at the Tahiti Open, the Fiji Open and the Martinborough Pro-
In 2012 Fox managed a 15-under-total for the 54 hole event to win
the title by six shots from defending champion Gillespie and Fijian
pro Tomasi Tuivuna.
He struggled this year with the reading the greens in the opening
two rounds at the Fiji Golf Club but managed to turn that around to
win in style.
Wellington pro. Gillespie shot a one-under-par 71 while Waikato
pro. Perry managed 279 after signing for a two-under-par 70 in the
RUNNER-UP IN BRITAIN
Vaughan McCall was left to
rue a poor inal three holes
at the Berkshire Trophy near
London to inish runner-up.
This matched his best
international result after
he inished runner-up
at the Welsh Stroke Play
Championship in 2012.
The New Zealand rep was
in the lead with three holes
to play before he made
three bogeys in succession
to inish one shot back from
Briton Ryan Evans.
The 21-year-old from the
Gore Golf Club had played
superbly up until that point.
McCall has set a goal of
winning an international
event in 2013.
A superb e ort from Waikato amateur Luke Toomey in his
senior debut for New Zealand at the Mexican Amateur to
inish in the top 10. .
The 21-year-old from the Lochiel Golf Club shot rounds
of 73, 69, 69 and 67 at the Guadalajara Country Club,
carrying his impressive form from the local scene onto the
The new member of the National Academy inished in a
share of seventh place at 10 under par, nine shots back
from Mario Clemens of Mexico who shot a two-under-par
70 to win by two from compatriot Carlos Ortiz.
Toomey saved his best for last, making seven birdies and
two bogeys in his inal round 67 that saw him climb 10
places on the leaderboard.
He has been one of the most impressive performers on
the national scene in 2013. He inished runner-up to Grant
Moorhead at the LawnMaster Classic, runner up in the
amateur honours at the Taranaki Energy Open and he won
the qualifying event for the New Zealand Amateur by 11
shots after shooting a phenomenal 11-under-par 61.
Meanwhile Manawatu No.1 Josh Munn came back well in
the inal round of the Mexican Amateur.
The 22-year-old from the Manawatu Golf Club, who had a
top 10 inish at the event last year, carded a two-under-par
70 in the inal round to climb to a share of 32nd place at
TOP 10 IN
FIJI OPEN TITLE
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