Kiwi amateurs runners-up in Ten Nations Cup

Last updated 13:58 10/02/2013

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Australia trumped trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand to claim a superb victory at the inaugural Ten Nations Cup amateur teams golf event in South Africa today.

Brady Watt, Lucas Herbert, Ryan Ruffels and Geoff Drakeford held their nerve on the final day at Kingswood Golf Estate to win the international team competition with a 38-under-par total of 826, finishing just a single shot clear of the Kiwis.

Australia's final round 205 was a combination of a 70 from Watt, a 69 from Drakeford and a superb six-under-par 66 from 16-year-old Herbert - holding off a fast-finishing New Zealand outfit in a tense finish.

"It's incredible to have won the Ten Nations Cup and to have Australia's name on the trophy," coach David Nable said.

"We came over here with the hope of winning it. To have done it, is really incredible.

"Credit to New Zealand, because they really brought it home strong and were able to make it a very close match in the end.

"It's a very proud moment for the team."

England took third on 31 under, Argentina finished six shots back in fourth on 839 and Scotland took fifth on 22-under-par 842.

Colombia posted a 213 to finish sixth on 847 while South Africa, who launched a third round comeback with a 10-under 206 on Friday, made up another 11 shots in the final round to take seventh on 13-under-par 851.

Watt, who recently joined the Golf Australia National Squad, won the Individual Competition.

The world No 5 amateur finished with a 72-hole total of 18-under-par 198, three shots clear of New Zealand's Tyler Hodge and four ahead of Colombia's Carlos Ernesto Rodriguez.

The Australians now head to the SA Stroke Championship, which tees off at Oubaai Golf from February 12 to 15.

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