Amateurs turn up the heat on Mr Consistency

EWAN WESTERGAARD
Last updated 12:46 04/02/2013

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OPINION: Another perfect morning for golf presented itself yesterday for the final round of the 2013 LawnMaster Classic.

Again I arrived at the course to the sound of the greenkeepers completing their final preparations and players already well advanced into their preparation for their round.

I was excited at the thought that either an amateur or a professional could win the event after Luke Toomey (Hamilton Golf Club) stormed into contention with a course record 63 on Saturday to put him ahead of the field at 11 under.

Nick Coxon (Narrows) was lying in second place at 10 under and the ever-consistent Grant Moorhead at 9 under with three rounds of 69.

My round was nothing spectacular with a few missed chances and a number of putts left short, signing for a disappointing 75.

I always find anything over 72 is a terrible score in a final round as it drops you so far down the leaderboard.

Lita Guo had a commanding lead over the women's field of 15, sitting at 13 under after three rounds, 11 strokes ahead. She finished off with a 73 (-1) score to take home the trophy by six shots over Julianne Alvarez.

Well done to Lita who came close to winning last year when Carly Beck from Australia took away the title.

It was great to see Lita break through and well deserved.

The men's title was hotting up when Luke Toomey drained a fantastic putt on the 15th for birdie when the odds were against him.

With a one-shot deficit, Luke needed a birdie to tie with Grant Moorhead who had played steadily all day.

Luke's putt on the 18th just slid by to tie Grant, giving Grant the title of men's champion for 2013 for which he gave a very small fist pump to the delight of his father, Tom, on the 18th green.

The greens were in perfect condition and if you were not holing putts, the only person you could blame was yourself.

Another year closed for the LawnMaster Classic and roll on 2014.

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- Manawatu Standard

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