The South Island Under-19 Championships were completed today at the Cromwell Golf Club with Waikato’s Jordan Woodall and Canterbury’s Julianna Hung both winning in dominant fashion.
Hung carded rounds of 71, 70 and round of 77 in howling winds to still win by three strokes over fellow Cantabrian, Hillary O’Connor.
After multiple years representing Canterbury, this is a great win for Hung who keeps growing as a golfer. With a nervous finish to the front nine she bounced back with a birdie on the challenging tenth hole to get back on track and from there she was able to grind out an important win.
Woodall’s win was stress-free after carding after a dominant opening round of 66, which included a whopping seven birdies to break away from the field.
From there he proved impossible to catch after following it up with rounds of 70 and 73 to finish with an impressive four shot win over Inia Logan.
Woodall’s lead was made smaller after bogeys on both the 12th and 13th before he responded in clinical fashion to eagle the par five, 15th to close out his debut win on the amateur circuit.
The well regarded Hiroki Miya (Russley) won the under 17 section by four strokes while Otago’s Joseph Hancock tied with Hiroki’s brother Hayato to win the under 15 section. Hancock won the New Zealand Under 15 title last year the pair will share the South Island title as there is no play-off in this section.
Joshhua Bai (Akarana) won the under 13 section, which included a plethora of 8 and 9 year olds, including Dunedin’s Kai Kone.
Once again, Canterbury was too strong in the teams’ events, winning both the under 19 and under 16 titles. Otago finished second in both SIIP events. It was a close contest in the under 19 event until Canterbury handled the strong northwesterly winds much better than the Otago quintet.
Scores are published here;