Juliana Hung (Russley) has claimed the New Zealand Stroke Play Championship at the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club going wire-to-wire. Sixteen year old Hung put her valuable national and international experience to the test with a final even par round to win the shortened 54 hole event by two shots finishing on eight under par.
The win by Hung is very special for Canterbury Golf backing up the win that Amelia Garvey had when she won the national title las year. Canterbury players will be looking forward to enjoying playing the 2019 event which will be hosted by the Christchurch Golf Club.
“It definitely feels pretty good, I’m so happy that I won after playing solid all week and it’s easily the biggest win of my career,” grinned Hung.
“We have some pretty good players in Canterbury, including the guys, so it’s always nice to play well for the region.”
Hung has gained mountains of experience over the past year with international trips to both Singapore and Vietnam for the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific and the Faldo Series respectively. Also helping her links experience was a trip to Royal Melbourne for the Master of the Amateurs earlier this year.
“I didn’t play that well in Singapore, but after playing against some of the best in a few events, I have learnt heaps and was able to show that here this week.”
Wellington’s Kerry Mountcastle setup a great win after a second round of nine-under 62 to win the Men's NZ Stroke Play title.
Hiroki Miya (Russley) put himself into contention early in the men's field which a superb opening round of 66 to lead the field after the first round. While Miya was unable to post further sub par rounds he still finished tied for third with Tom Parker (Christchurch) both continuing to feature at the top of the leaderboard.