Mastering greens pays off for Pikari

Te Awamutu's Compton Pikari continued his stellar year with third place in the Srixon International Junior Classic in New South Wales at the weekend.

The in-form amateur shot a two-over par 72 in his final round at the Maitland Golf Club to finish on a four-over par total and just two shots back from winner Ben Eccles from Victoria.

Pikari credited his top effort to doing his homework on the tricky greens.

“The greens were pretty undulating so I mapped them well in the practice rounds and it paid off,” Pikari said.

“It has been a lot hotter than home over here so that is a big adjustment and a learning curve.

“I feel like I am playing well, I am hitting the ball pretty nicely and I am proud of my effort this week.”

Earlier this year, Pikari won the North Island under-19 championship at the Hamilton Golf Club and backed that up by capturing the South Island Stroke Play crown at the Christchurch Golf Club.

He sits 10th on the New Zealand Golf Order of Merit and later next month will head to Thailand to play in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

Waikato Times