Tom Parker (Christchurch) has notched up his first major win with a superb performance at the South Pacific Junior Open. The inaugural event was played at the Tina Golf Club in New Caledonia.
New Zealand Golf was invited to send a team to the event that was made up of two girls and two boys including one player under 13 years. Hillary O'Connor (Russley) and Tom Parker were selected for the event along with Inia Logan (Otago) and Darae Chung (Wellington) to compete in the 54 hole stroke competition.
Tom Parker was dominant in the boys field opening with a first round score of 71 before producing a 5 under par 67 in the second round and holding steady in the final round with 72 to win the title by seven shots. "It was a great event that was run very well by the New Caledonia Golf Association, everybody was very friendly and I really hope to go back there next year to defend my title", said 16 year old Tom Parker. Tom will also be looking ahead to his next international event where he has been selected to play the Srixon International Junior Classic being played at Cypress Lakes Country Club 3-7 October.
Hillary O'Connor finished in fifth place overall and won the Under 17 section. The four players made up the New Zealand team and convincingly won the teams competition by 10 shots from the Jack Newton Team.