NZ Open. Dimitrios Papadatos Wins.

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Dimitrios Papadatos wins the New Zealand Open at The Hills down on the South Island.

Papadatos impresses with NZ Open win

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Dimi  looked solid throughout the final round firing a -6 under par 66 to finish with a tournament total of 18-under par, and lift the trophy. This was his maiden Tour victory and it took some concentration to keep it in sight;

“I just wanted to concentrate and not get too overwhelmed with what was happening. It’s awesome, great bunch of guys and they’re very supportive. We all try and beat each other but at the end of the week, there’s no hard feelings. I kept believing in myself and telling myself I could do it, the whole way round. But there’s always that thing, deep down wondering if you really can.”

“I didn’t really think at the start of the week I would have had my name on the trophy, but as the week started to progress, I thought there was a good chance so I’m pretty happy. Obviously some great players have won this event, it’s a massive honour. I wouldn’t have told you at the start of the week I was capable of this. I’m really happy.”

Leading Kiwi was Mark Brown, who finished in second place, shooting a final round -3 under par 69, but at -14 under par was way off the pace;

“It was just frustrating that I didn’t have the A-game today like I played a couple of the other days. The chances I did give myself I didn’t convert and it was only really towards the end that I made a couple of birdies so Dimi played great. He holed the putts when he needed to. It’s all about winning and particularly this tournament, so I take no solace in finishing second at all. It wasn’t what I wanted so it’s just really disappointing.”

“The young guys now have got no fear. They all putt great, their short games are great so when they do make a mistake off tee to green they’ll save it and not only that, they’ll hole putts.”

Another Kiwi, David Klein was in third place at -13 under par, he shot a last round -5 under par 67.

New Zealand amateur Jordan Bakermans finished the tournament as the leading amateur to claim the Bledisloe Cup. Unfortunately this was after Southland No.1 Vaughan McCall was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.

Jordan emphasized what an honor this was for him;

“It is a huge honour to win this trophyIt was my goal at the start of the week and while I would have loved to make the cut this is a pretty cool honor to take home from this tournament.”

BMW New Zealand Open, Won by Aussie Amateur, Jake Higginbottom

Special victory for Higginbottom

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Aussie Amateur Jake Higginbottom was won the BMW New Zealand Open at the Clearwater Resort, with a final round of  -5 under par, 67, and a tournament total of -7 under par. Jake had to fight hard to repel the challenge from fellow Aussie’s Jason Norris and Peter Wilson, who both finished tied for second at -6 under par.

Jake made history by becoming the first amateur golfer for 56 years to be crowned New Zealand Open champion with his one-shot victory in the BMW-sponsored tournament hosted by Christchurch at Clearwater Resort on Sunday. The 19 year-old Ausssie  from New South Wales, started the final round three shots adrift of Mark Brown, New Zealand’s main hope of ending a drought of nine years since a Kiwi held aloft the winner’s silverware, the Brodie Breeze Trophy.

Jake was happy to be beating the professionals, to know he was a good as them;

“It is a great feeling and it means a lot me. It is good to come over here and play against the professionals and know that I am as good as them. Mum was crying and Dad was just happy that I made a good speech. I actually talked about the 18th with my mates before the final round. They asked me what I would do if I had a one shot lead down the last and I told them I would just rip one down there.I was most nervous when I had that short putt on the last but it was nice to see that drop and to win is really good. It was good to be a couple behind after the front nine because I knew that I had to make birdies. That is what I did so it was good.”

Mark Brown summed up his disappointing day with the putter, he finished fourth after his +1 over par last round;

” I played well enough, I played beautifully for first 10 holes and didn’t miss a shot.But I only really holed one putt and had 34 for the day which is never going to win a golf tournament. I don’t know, I didn’t start them on line so there’s a technical issue there. I gave myself a lot of chances and think I hit 33 greens for the last 36 holes so that’s a lot of chances I didn’t take. It’s frustration and probably been a career thing for me so I’ve got to get better if I want to reach the goals I want to meet. I’ll go away, work hard, and try and get better.”

So New Zealand will have to wait another year before the chance of having another Kiwi winning the BMW New Zealand Open.