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Hillier claims third Jennian Homes Charles Tour

Daniel Hillier being presented with his trophy. Photo: NZ Golf.

 

Rising young professional Daniel Hillier has added to his impressive Jennian Homes Charles Tour record which is growing at a rapid rate.

 

Daniel has won the DVS Pegasus Open by two shots to claim his third Jennian Homes Charles Tour event of his career; and his second this year to go alongside the Brian Green Property Group NZ Super 6’s title back in March.

 

Starting the day three shots back, Hillier knew he needed to come out of the gates quickly.

 

He opened with even par on his opening nine and was still a handful of shots back of the lead. That all changed on the 12th hole where he made back-to-back birdies.

 

He parred the 14th before making two more birdies at the 15th and 16th holes and all of a sudden, he was tied for the lead.

 

He made a clutch birdie up the last to take the clubhouse lead and have a nervous wait ahead of him.

 

Mako Thompson who was playing in the final group fell behind early in the day and was three over through his opening 10 holes.

 

He made a late charge at Hillier’s lead with birdies on the 12th, 15th, and 16th holes to get back to even-par for the day and 10-under for the tournament.

 

Mako then unbelievable holed his second shot for eagle on the 17th to move within one shot of the lead with one hole to play.

 

However, Mako made bogey and the tournament went to Daniel.

 

He says he couldn’t be happier.

 

“It’s crazy.  I was playing well early on today but hit a shot out of bounds on the seventh which set me back a bit and I thought it would be a tough ask to come back from that.

 

“I managed to get my way to the 12th without any more damage and something just clicked, and I birdied five out of the last seven holes. The rest is history,” says Daniel.

 

The Wellingtonian had no idea if his birdie at the last was going to be good enough and made sure he stayed in the zone after signing his scorecard.

 

“I didn’t know what was happening until I signed my scorecard and Dave [Mangan] came up to me and let me know that Geary has had some trouble but Mako has just gone birdie, eagle, to be one shot back heading up the last which through a spanner in the works.

 

“That made me head straight for the range to hit balls until I was told I had won,” says Daniel.

 

Daniel says his game feels good ahead of the next two events on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour, starting with The Carrus Open next week.

 

“I’m feeling pretty good heading into the next few weeks. This event gives me a heap of confidence moving into those. I’ve been hitting it really well and been rolling it nicely all week this week, hopefully I can keep the form up and we’ll see how we go from there.”

 

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Scores after round 4 – Sunday October 4 2020

275 Daniel Hillier (PGA New Zealand) 66 70 72 67

277 Mako Thompson (Maraenui) 69 68 69 71

279 James Hydes (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 70 68 69 72, Josh Geary (PGA New Zealand) 68 69 68 74

281 Kazuma Kobori (Rangiora) 72 73 66 70, Tyler Wood (Palmerston North) 70 71 69 71

282 Gareth Paddison (PGA New Zealand) 72 66 70 74, Oscar Cadenhead (PGA New Zealand) 73 66 69 74, Luke Toomey (PGA New Zealand) 73
66 69 74, Michael Hendry (PGA New Zealand) 78 65 64 75, Ryan Chisnall (PGA New Zealand) 66 67 74 75

283 Harry Bateman (PGA New Zealand) 68 70 74 71

284 Mark Hutson (PGA New Zealand) 71 72 69 72

285 Samuel Jones (Manaia) 78 67 67 73, Fraser Wilkin (P, PGA New Zealand) 68 69 74 74

286 Caitlin Maurice (Omokoroa) 72 73 70 71, James Anstiss (PGA New Zealand) 74 70 70 72, Kieran Muir (Omokoroa) 72 69 72 73

287 Woonchul Na (PGA New Zealand) 73 71 71 72

289 Jimmy Zheng (Howick) 75 72 73 69

290 Joshua Bai (Akarana) 75 75 69 71, Sam An (Titirangi) 74 74 71 71, Vivian Lu (Royal Auckland and Grange) 70 72 74 74, Chang Gi Lee
(PGA New Zealand) 78 70 68 74, Cameron Jones (PGA New Zealand) 71 74 70 75, Dongwoo Kang (PGA New Zealand) 75 72 67 76

291 Daniel Pearce (PGA New Zealand) 75 72 73 71, David Klein (PGA New Zealand) 76 69 73 73, Charlie Smail (Walton) 73 68 76 74, Nick
Loach (PGA New Zealand) 73 72 71 75, Tyler Hodge (P, Gulf Harbour Country Club) 76 70 67 78

292 Julianne Alvarez (P) 81 69 74 68, John Bae (PGA New Zealand) 75 72 73 72, James Devlin (PGA New Zealand) 73 69 75 75, Darae Chung
(Shandon) 76 72 69 75, Jared Edwards (Royal Auckland and Grange) 73 73 69 77

293 Jordan Pruden (Waitikiri) 75 72 78 68, Luke Brown (PGA New Zealand) 74 73 74 72, Kit Bittle (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 69 74 77
73, Taylor Gill (PGA New Zealand) 70 71 77 75, Jordan Woodall (Cambridge) 74 68 73 78, Peter Fowler (PGA New Zealand) 71 68 74 80

294 Reid Hilton (Russley) 73 71 78 72

295 Kerry Mountcastle (Masterton) 79 69 72 75, Shaun Campbell (Omanu) 72 75 72 76

296 Trevor Marshall (PGA New Zealand) 74 73 72 77

297 Fraser MacLachlan (PGA New Zealand) 76 74 74 73, Carl Brooking (PGA New Zealand) 77 71 71 78, Zachary May (Russley) 73 73 72 79,
Craig Mitchell (PGA New Zealand) 71 74 70 82, Ethan Jones (Manaia) 75 68 71 83

298 Hiroki Miya (Russley) 76 71 73 78

299 Jerry Song (Queenstown) 71 79 77 72, Mason Lee (PGA New Zealand) 71 78 74 76

301 Joshua Bailey (Queenstown) 78 70 79 74, Stephen Liu (Whitford Park) 74 71 79 77, Jordan Loof (PGA New Zealand) 74 75 72 80

302 Maddie May (Russley) 77 73 74 78, Sung Jin Yeo (PGA New Zealand) 77 73 72 80

303 Michael Brodie (Mangawhai) 74 74 81 74, Thomas Woods (Miramar) 76 74 73 80

306 Matthew Grimes (Nelson Inc.) 75 72 84 75, Hayato Miya (Russley) 73 74 78 81

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