Swing 'battle' sets Grant Moorhead back

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 04/12/2012
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VICTORY AT LAST: Taranaki’s Grant Moorhead won his first Charles Tour event during the weekend.

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New Plymouth professional golfer Grant Moorhead is the first to admit the past six months have been a struggle.

"It's been a battle. I started the year well but lost my way with my swing," he said yesterday. "One thing led to another and it all caught up. I just have to work hard and get back on track."

Two weeks ago, Moorhead missed the cut at the New Zealand Open at the Clearwater course in Christchurch after rounds of eight-over 80 and four-over 76.

"I got beaten up by the wind," he said. "To be honest, I didn't play very well."

Moorhead said the afternoon draw on the first day didn't help.

"The morning guys had it pretty good. The wind really picked up in the afternoon, up to 75kmh. We got the rough side of the draw, but that happens."

Last week, Moorhead played in the three final New Zealand PGA events of the year.

At Wednesday's Cambridge Pro-Am, he shot a four-over 76.

"Again I struggled. I had a few birdies, but a lot of bogeys and a double-bogey."

He found some overdue form in the Mt Maunganui Pro-Am on Friday with a three-under par 69 to finish second behind Wellington's Peter Spearman-Burn, who shot 67.

"I hit the ball a lot better and felt I'd turned the corner. It was really windy and I finished with a birdie."

At the weekend, Moorhead fired rounds of 74 and 69 in the Fairview Pro-Am at the Katikati course.

"I was ninth or 10th. It blew on both days but there were some good numbers shot. It's not an easy course, there's a tough stretch down the back nine," Moorhead said.

The Katikati event was won by fellow New Plymouth professional Dominic Barson with rounds of 67 and 68.

Moorhead finished the year fourth on the New Zealand Order of Merit.

"I'm pleased with that. The top five get a bit of status and that gets me a start at The Hills in February for the $600,000 NZ PGA Pro-Am championships. That's my main focus now."

Moorhead said he might play a few of the tier two Australian events early in the new year along with a new four-round event on the Charles Tour starting at the Manawatu course on January 20.

Taranaki's Murray Martin fired a four-over par 76 at the rain-shortened 2012 Asia-Pacific senior amateur golf championships in Hong Kong.

The three-round event was reduced to one round because of bad weather.

New Zealand finished second on 304 to Australia (301) in the teams event.

The leading individual score was a 73 by Australia's Denis Dale, with Frank Borren the best of the Kiwis with a 74.

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Other New Zealand scores were Arthur Parkin (75), Michael Baltrop (79) and Andrew McKechnie (80).

- Taranaki

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