Twenty-one year old New Zealand golfer Josh Munn had a scintillating six under par 66 to win The Greater Lake Macquarie Golf Championships at Belmont by three shots today.
Relishing the rainy , sodden conditions the Manawatu amateur charged home on the back nine with an eagle 3 on the 437 metres par five 10th hole and birdies on the 12th, 13th and 17th to beat his fellow overnight leaders, Brett Drewitt, of Inverell, and Nathan Kimsey, of Lincolnshire, England, who both had 69s to finish on 12 under par.
Munn started with a bogey on the first hole but then birdied holes two and three. He sank a five metre putt to save his par on the final hole for the win and was swamped by congratulations from other members of the New Zealand team. He leaves in a week for South Africa to play in the Ten Nationals Cup amateur event. Munn is one of the few amateurs to win pro events on the Charles Tour in New Zealand.
One shot away in third place on 11 under was 19 year old Queenslander, Cameron Smith, who has finished second in the tournament over the past two years.
Heavy rain caused two delays during the day when several greens flooded but the course recovered and play resumed. The joint overnight leaders went toe to toe through the first seven holes today, all three at ten under, but at the par four 347 metres 8th hole, Kimsey took a one shot lead with a remarkable birdie. He found trouble off the tee and was stymied behind a tree off the fairway but managed to pitch to within three metres and sank the putt. He turned at 11 under, equal with Smith who was playing in the group ahead and one shot up on Drewitt and Munn. But Munn took charge with his eagle on the 10th and was never headed, carding 31 for the back nine.
The Seventeen year old Queenslander, Viraat Badhwar, who migrated with his parents from India six years ago, finished on seven under for the tournament after carding 66 yesterday.
England’s Craig Hinton and Garrick Porteous finished joint 9th with Neil Raymond 65th.
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