2016 New Zealand Senior Amateur Championship
Paraparaumu Golf Club
February 11-13, 2016
John Batley wins exciting championship in a playoff
Round 3 Report
New Zealander John Batley has won the 2016 New Zealand Senior Amateur Championship in an exciting playoff. See scores below.
With the spiritual home of New Zealand Golf in pristine condition after three rounds of testing links golf, Batley and Gullery headed the massive 188 strong field finishing on a score of four over par.
Before the drama of the four hole playoff, players were greeted with an unexpected south westerly which provided a gruelling test for the over 50 year old golfers (New Zealand's senior golf starts at age 50).
Batley from the Titirangi Golf Club, was solid throughout the final day and while he was unable to register a birdie throughout the afternoon, he managed to nail the important pars when it mattered signing for a 74. fifteen pars under the pressure of playing in the final group was outstanding.
Gullery, from the Boulcott’s Farm Golf Club nearby in Lower Hutt, had a start to forget dropping shots early on the front nine to find himself six over for the round after eight holes. A birdie on 10 righted the ship, followed with a birdie on 12 before bogeying the 14th.
Trailing Batley by one stroke playing the last hole Gullery played a great pitch to give him a chance for the birdie he needed to force a playoff. He holed from six feet and the pair headed back down the eighteenth.
Earlier in the day Australian Lester Peterson, a former winner of the New Zealand Amateur Championship, charged up the leader board showing the rest of the field how to play around the links with a superb four under 67 which included six birdies. Peterson finished in fourth place.
Heading back to the eighteenth green to battle it out for the New Zealand Seniors title, Batley and Gullery probably wouldn’t have believed they would play this playoff hole four more times. After sharing pars on their first three attempts to break the deadlock both players found the green in two on their fourth visit. On this occasion after Batley had secured his birdie, Gullery missed a costly 3ft putt which handed Batley his first New Zealand Seniors title.
Another excellent tournament on a very demanding golf course. Unforgiving and relentless are two words that fit well. Interest now moves to Royal Wellington where Australia and New Zealand do battle for the Sanctuary Cove Trophy.
Round 2 Report
Round two of the 2016 New Zealand Senior Amateur Championship presented another challenging day for the large field of golfers. The wind was strong enough to worry the golfer on every shot and thereafter the pressure just mounts and mounts. A great course really.
The current leader after 36 holes is newcomer Malcolm Gullery who followed his opening 69 with a good round of 73. His 142 total gives him a one stroke lead over Titirangi senior John Batley (right) who finished one under par 70 today to total 143. Batley is a regular in the New Zealand team that plays Australia every year and a win in his national championship would be a popular one.
Close up on 144 are overnight leader Andrew McKechnie (69-75 left) and Anthony Chettleburgh (73-71). Not too far away is Peter Brisdon (71-74).
The leading Australian is Denis Dale (71-76).
Round 1 Report
Round one of the 2016 New Zealand Senior Amateur Championship began today at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. The course is rated by many as one of the best links courses in the southern hemisphere.
Today was a warm one with a solid breeze that required consistently well hit shots. The penalty for a wayward shot was usually severe.
Joint leaders after 18 holes are New Zealander players Andrew McKechnie and Malcolm Gullery. They recorded rounds of two under par 69.
In third place are Peter Brinsdon and visiting Australian Denis Dale after their rounds of equal par 71.
The tournament continues tomorrow.
Regarded by many as one of the greatest links courses in the southern hemisphere, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club is a world renowned layout on the undulating dune land of the Kapiti Coast. Located just 45 minute's drive from New Zealand's Capital City, Wellington, the course has hosted the New Zealand Open 12 times. A record unsurpassed by any other course. In 2002 it hosted the world's number 1 golfer, Tiger Woods.