New Zealand Amateur: Riordan takes top seed
24 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: New Zealand Amateur Championship, Wairakei International

NELSON, New Zealand (April 24, 2014) -- Local favorite Blair Riordan continued his impressive play Thursday, securing medalist honors at the 2014 New Zealand Amateur at Nelson Golf Club.

Riordan will be the No. 1 seed when the match play portion of the event kicks off Friday.

Riordan backed up his first-round 64 with a 67 on Thursday, finishing at 11-under and an impressive six-shot win.

Compton Pikari shot a final-round 72 to take solo second and the no. 2 seed.

Four players Jason Gulasekharam (70), Australian Amateur Champion Tae Koh (68), defending NZ Amateur champion Kadin Neho (66) and Wellington’s Marc Jennings (70) all finished in a share of third place to earn favorable draws.

“It is really pleasing to be in this position,” said Riordan.

Riordan knows all too well that his opponents would love to knock out the No.1 seed on day one.

“It seems to happen in pretty much every match play event we play, the guy who finishes top qualifier gets knocked out early. I am just going to go and do what I do and if someone beats me they beat me otherwise they are going to have a pretty hard time.”

AmateurGolf.com will continue to provide coverage of the 2014 New Zealand Amateur. For a full look at the leaderboard and match-play draw, use the link below.

-Information from the New Zealand Golf Association was used in this report.

Results For New Zealand Amateur Championship
WinNew ZealandJoshua MunnNew Zealand500
Runner-upNew ZealandTae KohNew Zealand400
SemifinalsNew ZealandNick CoxonNew Zealand300
SemifinalsNew ZealandBailey SmithNew Zealand300
QuarterfinalsNew ZealandKadin NehoNew Zealand200

View full results for New Zealand Amateur Championship

ABOUT THE New Zealand Amateur

Match play championship of New Zealand for men and women. 36 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine the final 32 players for single elimination match play.

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