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Fiona Xu and Denzel Ieremia smash golf records

Fiona Xu and Denzel Ieremia win Christies Floorings Mount Open. Photo: NZ Golf

Denzel Ieremia has broken all sorts of records on his way to claiming the Christies Floorings Mount Open on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour; his first win as a professional.

Denzel has finished 29-under par over four rounds at the Mt Maunganui Golf Course to cruise to a seven-shot victory and smash the scoring record in a Jennian Homes Charles Tour event.

Denzel began the day with a six-shot cushion over local professional and hometown favourite Mark Brown at 23-under, and says he had eyes all day at getting it to 30-under.

“I had in the back of my mind what everyone was doing around me, but I really tried to focus on myself and to keep making birdies so I could get it to 30-under.

“I came up just shy, but I played some tremendous golf all week so it’s hard to complain about that,” says a grinning Denzel.

Denzel Ieremia

He was in a strong piece of form leading into the event with a tied for fifth at the Australian Open last week, and a sixth-place finish at the New South Wales Open the week prior.

He fired rounds of 64, 63, 66, and 66 to lift his first trophy as a professional and take a truck load of confidence into the Australian PGA next week.

“It’s a real honour coming back to these events and playing the way I did. I progressed through these tournaments as an amateur and I was able to learn off all the professionals that played only three or four years ago.

“To come back and hopefully be in a position to give back to the people I play with and to continue to learn to pretty special.

“I get to travel over to Australia next week knowing I’ve got what it takes to win, so hopefully I can keep making lots of birdies. We’ll see what happens,” says Denzel.

Fiona Xu

In the women’s event, Fiona Xu has romped to a 15-shot victory to claim the inaugural Christies Floorings Mount Women’s Open and Grant Clements Memorial, breaking records of her own in the process.

The victory is the most of any women on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour, showing how dominant the Auckland golfer has been all week.

Fiona began the day with a nine-shot buffer but continued her impressive form to card a six-under par 66 to cruise to victory.

She had her sights set on finishing the year on a high, and she’s proud that she’s done just that.

“This feels really good. It’s awesome to finish the year like this and I’m happy to do it here at Mt Maunganui,” says a thrilled Fiona.

The Aucklander also broke her own personal milestone this week, shooting her lowest ever total in a four-round event.

“The best I have ever got to in a tournament is 10-under over three rounds. I’m a little surprised I went this low, but I guess it’s a sign of good things to come,” says Fiona.

She has impressed all week only dropping six shots throughout the tournament.

The other trophy up for grabs was the season-long Jennian Homes Trophy awarded to the player who accumulates the most points throughout the Jennian Homes Charles Tour season.

James Anstiss had one-hand on the trophy this week, and only Luke Toomey could take it from his grasp with a three-way tie for second place or better.

Luke fought hard all week but would come up just short in sixth place at 15-under for the tournament, making Anstiss your 2019 winner of the Jennian Homes Trophy.

Scores after round 4 - Sun December 15 2019

259 Denzel Ieremia (PGA New Zealand) 64 63 66 66

266 Mark Brown (PGA New Zealand) 66 66 67 67

268 Fraser Wilkin (PGA New Zealand) 69 64 72 63

271 Tyler Wood (Palmerston North) 70 63 70 68

272 Jared Edwards (Royal Auckland and Grange) 66 64 75 67

273 Luke Toomey (PGA New Zealand) 67 68 68 70

274 Sam An (Titirangi) 63 73 69 69

275 Chang Gi Lee (PGA New Zealand) 63 70 74 68, Jared Pender (Te Puke) 65 68 71 71

276 Daniel Pearce (PGA New Zealand) 65 70 73 68, Zachary Maxwell (Australia) 70 70 66 70

277 Kazuma Kobori (Rangiora) 68 69 66 74

279 Mako Thompson (Maraenui) 72 68 72 67, Harry Bateman (Muriwai) 70 71 69 69, Dongwoo Kang (PGA New Zealand) 66 69 74 70, Jayden Ford (Judgeford) 67 73 68 71

280 Tae Koh (Windross Farm Golf Course) 72 70 71 67, Charlie Hillier (P) 71 70 69 70, Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui) 72 66 70 72

282 James Hydes (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 71 72 72 67, Jordan Loof (PGA New Zealand) 68 74 72 68, Sung Jin Yeo (North Shore) 70 72 72 68, Zachary May (Russley) 68 72 70 72

283 Kit Bittle (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 71 70 73 69, Mat Perry (PGA New Zealand) 73 69 72 69, Gareth Paddison (PGA New Zealand) 72 73 68 70, Kerry Mountcastle (Masterton) 73 71 69 70, Jordan Woodall (Cambridge) 71 75 66 71, Josh Geary (PGA New Zealand) 66 73 70 74

284 Samuel Jones (Manaia) 75 64 75 70

286 Stephen Liu (Pakuranga) 72 73 72 69, Kieran Muir (Omokoroa) 68 68 77 73, Charlie Smail (Walton) 74 71 68 73, Pieter Zwart (PGA New Zealand) 68 73 71 74

287 Inia Logan (Cromwell) 72 74 72 69, Mitchell Kale (Tauranga) 72 70 74 71, Lachie McDonald (Marton) 73 71 72 71, Sam Nichols (PGA New Zealand) 75 70 70 72, Daniel Freeman (Remuera) 68 73 69 77

288 Victor Janin (Rotorua) 73 74 73 68, Andrew Henare (Napier Inc.) 74 69 74 71

289 Oscar Cadenhead (PGA New Zealand) 70 68 81 70, Joel Stahlhut (Australia) 70 75 73 71, Jesper Bengtsson (North Shore) 72 67 79 71, Tony Jung (Remuera) 69 70 75 75, Cameron Jones (PGA New Zealand) 71 67 75 76

290 Trevor Marshall (PGA New Zealand) 68 73 77 72, Scott Manyweathers (Harewood) 70 72 75 73, James Tauariki (Futures Geyserland) 70 72 75 73, Matthew McLean (Harewood) 70 72 74 74, Josh Smith (Ashburton) 71 70 71 78

291 Thomas Woods (Miramar) 71 73 75 72, Steven Williams (Tauranga) 73 72 72 74, Joshua Bai (Akarana) 68 74 72 77

293 Mark Hutson (PGA New Zealand) 71 72 76 74

295 Justin Morris (PGA New Zealand) 72 75 69 79

296 James Betts (P, Australia) 73 74 72 77

298 Damian Kempson (Mt Maunganui) 73 74 77 74

299 James Watkins (Royal Wellington) 70 74 80 75, Sean Blomquist (PGA New Zealand) 70 77 74 78, Joseph Hancock (St Clair) 67 75 77 80

300 Shaun Campbell (Hawera) 71 75 74 80

Scores after round 4 - Sun December 15 2019

274 Fiona Xu (Akarana) 69 71 68 66

289 Angela Ju (Pakuranga) 73 72 72 72

293 Caryn Khoo (Pakuranga) 72 74 74 73

296 Caitlin Maurice (Omokoroa) 71 76 78 71

298 Maddie May (Russley) 72 75 76 75

299 Marina Ito (Mt Maunganui) 72 77 75 75, Siyi Keh (Titirangi) 72 75 75 77

301 Darae Chung (Shandon) 77 74 77 73

302 Anna An (Muriwai) 72 76 77 77

303 Jessica Green (Futures Geyserland) 75 78 75 75, Tara Raj (Wanganui) 75 78 75 75, Yeonsoo Son (North Shore) 77 76 74 76, Mimi Guo (Royal Auckland and Grange) 74 73 76 80

306 Mary Chen (Remuera) 76 77 78 75

312 Taylor-Rose Perrett (Omanu) 79 72 81 80

Jennian Homes Trophy Points

1st James Antiss 1200 points

2nd Luke Toomey 1100

3rd Josh Geary 637

4th Fraser Wilkin 631.5

5th Daniel Pearce 617

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