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2024 Tour Championship Preview & Draw

Posted by: on 26 April 2024

The 2024 edition of the CGI Order of Merit (OOM) Tour Championship takes place this Sunday at Clearwater Golf Club in what is the culmination of the 23/24 season. Players have been accumulating points at the relevant OOM events over recent months resulting in player rankings for each division.

In the senior competition, the top 8 ranked Women and Men along with the top 4 ranked Men's and Women's Masters as of 31 March have been extended invites and one last opportunity to gain points towards their season total as they look to seize the OOM trophy alongside the awarded Development Funds for the winner and runner up.

In the men’s category, it is Canterbury Rep Cooper Moore who holds pole position over fellow Cantab Rep and clubmate Dominic Brettkelly who sits within striking distance in 2nd. If Dominic was to win on Sunday, he would take top spot but anything less will see Moore capture the title. Fellow Clearwater teammate Sam McGill sits back in third and has a narrow chance of claiming the runner-up spot should he record the best Men’s score on Sunday and Brettkelly finishes outside of the top 3. Cooper and Dom3

The women’s category is a done deal with Alisia Ren of Russley holding an insurmountable lead over Rangiora’s Mikana Suto. The Men’s Masters category however remains in the balance with Coringa’s James Howard holding a narrow lead over Waitikiri’s Aaron Forsyth with Clearwater’s Leon Yee also within touching distance. It will effectively come down to who out of Howard or Forsyth does better on the day to see who claims the title unless Yee can record the day’s best score with the top 2 finishing with the 3rd and 4th best scores of the day. Which, with the fourth master’s player competing being recent Canterbury Stroke Play Masters Champion Kieran Sharvin, that could be a possibility. An intriguing division to watch on the day!  

James and Aaron2

In the Juniors, it is the top 8 Under 19 Men, top 8 Under 16 Boys, top 4 Under 16 Girls, and top 4 Under 13 Boys that get an invite to the showcase event. There will be several categories that will come down to Sunday’s showdown to settle the standings for both the titles and Development Funds on offer for the top 3 in each division. In the u13 Boys, leader Alex Kimber is a late withdrawal through injury, which gives Timote Tu'ilotolava a chance to make a last charge at the title. In the u16s, the top 3 players are settled but not the final order with Etienne Collier, Jonathan Fry, and Uny Shao all within striking distance of each other. Avondale’s Collier holds the pole position and will be favourite, but Fry and Shao are separated but the smallest of margins so definitely a tight division to observe.

Etienne Jono Uny

In the u19 boys, Cooper Moore (who is eligible for both u19s and seniors) holds an uncatchable lead at the top of the division, however the Development Fund prize positions are all to play for. Bottle Lake’s Mitchell Redmayne, Hororata’s Max Edwards, and Russley’s Yash Naicker have all played the minimum 12 counting events and are all within 8 points of each other. As such it will come down to results of the day to decide who finishes where.

Yash Mitch and max

Finally, in the u16 girls, Rangiora’s Sora Kishida can’t be caught at the top, however, the battle for 2nd and 3rd will be a tight affair with Russleys Junie Chang and Waimairi Beach’s Zaria Bourne separated by just 6 points so will again come down to who can perform best on the day to settle their final standings.

Zaria and Junie

Play commences with a two-tee start from 11am, see the full draw – HERE

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