Josh Munn inspired by his famous mentors
Josh Munn has a notepad full of advice from one major winner, but no sooner had he won the Harewood Open yesterday than the Palmerston North amateur was hunting out another.
Munn, 21, made a beeline for Sir Bob Charles after his two-shot victory at Harewood yesterday, not wanting to miss an opportunity.
"You need to pick his brains as much as you can ... he's won a major championship, he knows what he's talking about."
Munn is a Michael Campbell scholarship winner and spent a week with the 2005 US Open winner recently in Spain where he took "40 to 50 pages full of notes".
"He gave me advice on everything. I learnt heaps about practice rounds, my golf, the game and even myself.
"It was one of the best weeks of my life. [Campbell] taught me so much - he even rarked me up about my table manners."
So what was Charles' advice?
"Sir Bob just told me I need to get as much overseas experience as possible.
"And he's right, I really want to start performing overseas, that's where it's at. All the best players are in the States and Europe and you need to start performing over there to test yourself, so that's my next goal."
Munn was the only player to put together four sub-par rounds on the new Woodlands course.
His 69 68 69 71 11-under-par total was good enough for a two-shot victory over Russley's Owen Burgess.
Six shots back was Takaka's Blair Riordan in third, ahead of Ashburton's Daniel Pearce one shot further back in fourth. Scott Hill was the first professional in the field - tied for fifth - taking home the $7200 first-place pay cheque that the leading amateurs missed out on.
But Munn was the most consistent all week and deserved his title.
He claimed to have been "in the zone" throughout the 72-hole tournament and there was no better example of that than when he eagled the 558m par-five 14th at Harewood to give himself breathing space coming down the stretch.
He knocked his second shot to three metres then calmly rolled in his eagle putt in front of the small gallery.
Wellington schoolgirl Julianne Alvarez said familiar conditions played a big part in her come-from-behind women's title win.
Alvarez, 16, started yesterday's final round three shots behind Waikato's Emily Perry, but her birdie-laden final round catapulted her to the biggest title of her young career.
Alvarez's putter got hot on the final day and her six birdies, including a handful of long putts, put pressure on her playing partners, who faltered. Perry and Cambridge's Sarah Bradley finished tied for second, seven shots behind Alvarez' even-par four-round total.
The Manor Park teenager, who finished second to Perry at the Shirley Open in Christchurch last year, said the wind and rain in Christchurch had played right into her hands.
"It's what I'm used to playing in," said the proud Wellingtonian with a mouth full of yellow-and-black braces.
"But, to be honest, I don't know where I pulled that round from. I just wanted to go out there and have fun," Alvarez said.
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