The Week That Was
PGA Tour China Series
Why not just have another win?? Our latest sensation on the golfing front, Nick Voke, has to be one of the form players on the planet right now. Voke racked up his 3rd win in 2 months, posting 65, 67, 67, 67, to take out the Clearwater Bay Open by 3 shots from eventual Order Of Merit winner, Callum Tarren. The win boosted Voke to 3rdplace on the Order of Merit and has secured playing status on the Web.Com Tour next season.
Luke Toomey finished well after starting the week with 75, posting 69, 66, 70, to get up for a share of 25th place, while Campbell Rawson went the other way on the last day slipping to 25th with a 74.
China Golf Association Tour
Fraser Wilkin was in great shape after three days play at the Hainan Open, sitting in a share of 5th at 7 under par. An very untimely bout of food poisoning kicked in on Saturday night and a tough day in the Southeast Asian heat and humidity was to follow. Wilkin battled his way to a ‘gutsy’ final round 75, limiting the damage and finishing in a tie for 21st place. Matt Perry, the only other Kiwi in the field, didn’t have a great week, missing the cut with a pair of 75’s.
A freshly blonde Lydia Ko rolled out another solid performance at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, in Korea. Though she will be a little disappointed with a final round 74, Ko was again in contention for the win throughout the week.
Close yet so far away for Ryan Fox at the Sky Sports British Masters, as he missed the cut by a single stroke with rounds of 75 73.
NZPGA Pro Am Circuit
The Hawera Golf Club put on another fantastic event at the Croucher & Crowder Pro am, treating the pros to some great Kiwi hospitality on a windswept Taranaki day. Napier Golf Club Professional Andrew Henare took home the treats with a superb 66 in tricky conditions, followed closely by Oscar Cadenhead on 67 and (a very fit looking) Dom Barson on 68.
On a course set up for birdies and a day of weather to match, the scoring was low at a perfectly presented Ngamotu Golf Club. It was a club pro again who took the spoils. Waitangi GC Trainee, and prolific pro am winner in recent times, Pieter Zwart, scorching the course with 8 under par 64 to take the Pipetech Ngamotu Pro am title. Sam An continued his good form of the last few weeks coming in second place with 66 and Gulf Harbour’s Dong Woo Kang picked up the bronze medal position.
Hahnee Song has taken out The NZPWG Womens Pro Am at the Remuera GC with a 3 over par total over 2 days. Song stormed home with a 2 under par 71 to leapfrog the group of 4 overnight leaders. Kiwis Cathryn Bristow and Liv Cheng shared second money with a pair of Aussies, 3 shots off the lead.
Danny Lee has continued his good start to the season with a solid showing at the CIMB Classic, played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Lee kicked off the week by holing out for an ace on the fourth hole. From there it was a mixed bag, with no less than 20 birdies and 3 eagles for the week. Add in a bunch of bogeys and a quadruple bogey, and the end result was a tie for 33rd at 11 under par.
Mike Hendry opened up at the Japan Open Golf Championship with a solid 71, but 77 in round 2 saw Hendry taking the weekend off.
PGA Tour Australasia
First year Kiwi professional Ryan Chisnall came up just short of his first tour win at the Victorian PGA Championship. Following a great start to the year, a few health battles in recent months slowed Chisnall down but he looks to be back on track for the remainder of the season. Harry Bateman was also near the lead all week, and closed with 68 to grab 3rd place, 1 shot behind Chisnall.
Other Kiwis in the field were Gareth Paddison, T16th, Kieran Muir T37th, Hayden Beard T43rd, Chang Gi Lee T45th, James Anstiss MC, James Betts MC, Michael Dean MC.
China Golf Associaton
Luke Toomey shifts his focus and joins Matt Perry and Fraser Wilkin on ‘the other China tour’ this week, for the Foshan Open in Guangdong. All three players are in good position on the money list and will be hunting a win this week to gain European Challenge Tor status next year.
Josh Geary flies the Kiwi flag this week in Spain, at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters. This looks like the last chance for Geary to improve on his 177th position on the Race To Dubai standings.
The next 6 weeks or so hold the big money events of the Japan Tour season, so it’s the right time to be finding some form. The Bridgestone Open is next up for Mike Hendry, who will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing missed cut last week.
Abema TV Tour
Harry Bateman is back to the Japan Challenge Tour hot off his best result of the season in Australia. Bateman really could use a win this week to help his Japan tour chances for next year. The form is there, can he get across the line??
The ladies of the LPGA continue their trot around the globe, this week to China for the Buick LPGA Shanghai. Lydia Ko will as usual be the lone Kiwi in the field.
Brad Shilton - NZPGA Clubroom Professional