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

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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.

ABOUT THE New Zealand Amateur

The New Zealand Men’s Stroke Play will be played over 72 holes of stroke play, commencing Wednesday and finishing Saturday, 18 holes a day. The leading 72 players after 36 holes and any tied for 72nd place will qualify for the final two rounds. Seeded draws will be prepared for rounds 3 & 4. The leading 5 players will receive New Zealand Golf medals. After 72 holes of stroke play the leading 32 amateur players will qualify for the New Zealand Men’s Amateur Championship. If there is a tie for the Championship or a tie for 32nd a sudden death play off on holes selected by the Championship Committee will be conducted to determine the winner or final places in the field. All other ties are decided by lot. The Championship finals will be played over 36 holes with all other matches played over 18 holes.

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Results For New Zealand Amateur Match Play Championship
Place  Pts
WinNew ZealandJoshua MunnNew Zealand700
Runner-upNew ZealandTae KohNew Zealand500
SemifinalsNew ZealandNicholas CoxonNew Zealand400
SemifinalsNew ZealandBailey SmithNew Zealand400
QuarterfinalsNew ZealandKadin NehoNew Zealand300

View full results for New Zealand Amateur Match Play Championship

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