McCall finishes in a tie for 14th in Thailand

Last updated 12:47 05/11/2012

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New Zealand's top men's amateur golfer, Vaughan McCall, has finished in a tie for 14th at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand.

The 21-year-old from the Gore Golf Club carded a three-under par 69 in the final round at the Amata Spring Country Club to finish on a three-under par total.

He was 12 shots back from China's Tianlang Guan, as the 14-year-old won by one shot from Chinese Taipei golfer Cheng-tsung Pan to secure an invitation to the 2013 Masters at Augusta. He'll be the youngest player to have appeared in the major.

The result continues a fine year for McCall, who finished 13th on the individual standings at the Eisenhower world amateur team championship in Turkey last month and became the first golfer in 24 years to win both the New Zealand strokeplay and matchplay titles in the same year.

Ashburton golfer Daniel Pearce, who was second after carding a four-under par 68 in round one, shot an even-par 72 in the final round to finish on a one-under par total and claim a share of 18th place.

Tasman No 1 Blair Riordan was one shot further back on an even-par total after finishing with a disappointing three-over par 75. Bay of Plenty golfer Peter Lee finished tied 29th, Compton Pikari was tied 55th and James Beale finished in a share of 57th place.

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