Manawatu amateur Josh Munn wins golf title

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 15:55 22/10/2012

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Manawatu's Josh Munn has won the Harewood Open golf tournament, in doing so becoming the first amateur to win two Charles Tour events.

Munn shot a one-under 71 today to finish 11-under par at the Woodlands course, two clear of Christchurch amateur Owen Burgess.

Munn dropped a shot on the 17th, and could have dropped more on 16 and 18 after poor tee shots.

But the 21-year-old from Palmerston North stayed as steady as he had all week and saved pars on both par-fives.

Munn's crucial move came on the 558m par-five 14th. A brilliant second left him just three metres for eagle and when he rolled in his putt, he moved four clear of Burgess.

Munn was the best golfer all week and the only player to play four sub-par rounds.

His first Charles Tour event win was last year at Muriwai.

Takaka's Blair Riodan finished third today, his one-under 71 leaving him three under for the tournament and one ahead of Ashburton's Daniel Pearce.

Scott Hill finished fifth equal, but was the top pro and takes home $7200 for his troubles in the $40,000 tournament.

The women's tournament was won by Wellington's Julianna Alvarez.

Alvarez, who plays at Manor Park, started the day three shots behind Waikato's Emily Perry.

Perry struggled in the wind and rain, shooting a six-over 78 while Alvarez clearly enjoyed the trying conditions, shooting a four-under 68 to win by seven shots from Perry and Cambridge's Sarah Bradley who tied for second.

Arrowtown's Laura Hoskin was fourth ahead of Christchurch' pair Sylvie Williams and Elisha Crosbie tied for fifth.

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- Manawatu Standard

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