Former Canterbury Rep Nic Kay cruised to victory at the 2016 Lamb & Hayward Canterbury Strokeplay this afternoon posting a final round 75 to win by 10 strokes from JJ Love who shot 72 to move up the leaderboard for a good runner-up finish. "It's nice to win this title" said Kay, "There are many good player's names on this trophy and it is nice to be added to the list" added Kay. He now has the perfect pair having won the Canterbury Matchplay at his home club Coringa a few years back.
No challengers really materialised in the final round. Reid Hilton and Dominic Brettkelly were one under through the turn but were unable to push on, while Kay kept posting pars with a couple of bogeys to not give anyone else a look in. Brettkelly finished third, and Hilton fourth on a count-back. Tom Parker had the misfourtune of signing an incorrect scorecard, costing himself a shot and a tie for third.
Kay admitted to being tired in his victory speech, but throughout the final round he seemed relaxed and enjoying the company of his playing partners. His prodigious length off the tee was a distinct advantage. Playing partner and Masters Rep Blair Dibley could only watch in awe as he was outdriven on most holes by 40-70 metres. However Kay's solid iron play and steady lag putting ensured he made many pars and put together the first three rounds at even par or better. He was the only one to finish under par. Off the black tees the course played very tough, with the fast sloping greens proving more than a handful for players.
The Women's Championship was a closer affair, but was soon put to bed after nine holes of the final round. Visiting Korean Yoo Na Kim went through in a blistering four under to clear out from the field. She finished with 69 to win by four shots from Canterbury Rep Juliana Hung who shot 74. Fellow Canterbury Rep Hillary O'Connor finished third a further shot back.
Blair Dibley successfully defended his Men's Masters title winning by 15 shots from James Robb. Dibley was in the final group vying for the Senior title, but no doubt took some consolation from beating his fellow Canterbury Masters team-mates by such a convincing margin.
The Women's Masters Championship was a close affair and Harewood's Anne Dick came through to win by one stroke from Aorangi Rep Ginny Bolderston.
The Men's Net was won by new course record holder John Baek (Russley). His net 57 in the first round as a result of his course record 67 blew the field away and he won the Net by six shots. The Women's Net ws won by Harewood's Gyuri Sim.