Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.
Julianne Alvarez has won the women’s section of the New Zealand Stroke Play Championships played at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.
Julianne won the women’s New Zealand Stroke Play Championships title, shooting a final round course record of -7 under par 67 on the World famous Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club course.
She reported that she was very proud of her achievement;
” I’m very proud of myself, I went out thinking I have to play solidly, and I did that all week. I enjoy the difficulty and challenge of this course, and links golf.”
“I shot seven under in the last round of the Lawnmaster, but this feels like a lot better round. So I guess you could say this is my best round ever.”
“On a course like Paraparaumu Beach you have to keep yourself in play, and in the right position, and I did that today.”
Julianne is coached at Paraparaumu Beach by professional Kevin Smith, he has been guiding her to success since she was seven years-old, he had this so say of his pupil:
“She’s won the New Zealand Amateur in 2013, ans she’s won a couple of Bob Charles events, but definitely the New Zealand Stroke Play is one of the pinnacle events for New Zealand golf.”
” For me personally, because with professional golf it’s all about stroke play. So I would tend to favor winning the New Zealand Stroke Play, especially at a great golf course like Paraparaumu.”
The men’s section was won by another 18 year-old, Toshiki Ishitoku, from Japan. His win came by way of a play-off against Nick Coxon from New Zealand after they both completed the tournament at -10 under par.
Toshiki was playing on a links course for the very first time, and rated this victory;
“Biggest of my career.”
We wish Julianne all the best for a successful Professional career.