Daniel Hillier captures New Zealand Amateur
(Photo by New Zealand Golf)
(Photo by New Zealand Golf)
AUKLAND, New Zealand — Sixteen-year old Daniel Hiller from the Manor Park Golf Club has stormed to victory in the New Zealand Amateur Championship in fine conditions today at the Alister MacKenzie designed Titirangi Golf Club.

The final today featured the two youngest ever combined competitors in a final and seventeen year old Sam Vincent battled hard all day and started strongly with back to back birdies on the 5th and 6th hole seeing him take an early lead.

Hillier refused to drop his head though and was playing error free golf. When Vincent made an error with a bogey on the 14th, Hillier promptly birdied the next hole to take a decisive three up lead which he would hold into the lunchtime break.

After lunch Hillier was fast out of the blocks and birdied the 1st hole. Trying to play catch up was proving difficult for Vincent and errors on the 6th and 10th holes saw Hillier on the cusp of victory. While Vincent was able to prolong the match with a birdie on the 12th, Hillier holed a 10ft putt on the par five 13th to win 6&5.

Hillier who started the game at an early age was thrilled with the biggest win of his career. “ I’ve been hitting plastic golf clubs since I could walk and went out for a few holes with my Dad a couple of days before I turned five and have trucked on from there.”

“I’ve been working with Kevin Smith for four years now and we have made some really good progress for a while now and have realised that this could be a really big part of my life. I honestly didn’t think I would be standing here as the winner this week , especially only being sixteen”.

“I felt my whole game was solid this week. I holed some good shots and hit some really good iron shots but it was really more a mind-set of taking it one shot at a time and putting pressure on my opponents consistently throughout the match which really helped me get the results this week.”

A massive celebration at the Manor Park Golf Club and at the Smith household will be in order as after Hillier won the men’s championship Julianne Alvarez followed suit. Alvarez is also a member of the Manor Park Club and coached by Smith.

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 ZealandDaniel HillierNew Zealand700
Runner-upNew ZealandSam VincentNew Zealand420
MedalistNew ZealandTae KohNew Zealand280
SemifinalsNew ZealandVaughan McCallNew Zealand210
SemifinalsNew ZealandJoshua MunnNew Zealand210

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