Manawatu's Josh Munn departs for Japan to compete in the Eisenhower Trophy World Teams Champs, fresh off a win in the Kapi Tareha in Napier at the weekend. Munn finished at -3 over the four rounds to finish 8 shots clears of Castlecliff's Tyler Lock.The week before he had been runner-up in the Wanganui Open, a shot behind Tyler Lock.
Munn looks ready for Japan where the Eisenhower will be played on two courses at the Karurizawa Golf Club. In the two biggest American events recently, he was eighth in the Southern Amateur in Tennessee and second, by just two shots, in the Western Amateur strokeplay in Chicago.
Manawatu Wanganui had a good number of players represented in Napier, and dominated the Men's field. Tying for 3rd place was Rhys Harold and Lachie McDonald on +9, followed by Guy Perry and Junior Tatana tying for 6th on +14. With 6 players in the top 7 spots overall, it resembled one of the Manawatu Wanganui Order of Merit event results. The Kapi Tareha was once a top class tournament, but the field assembled for this years event, reflects that 72 hole tournaments in the provinces are continuing to struggle to attract top class fields from players throughout the country. Well done to Josh, and the other Manawatu Wanganui players for supporting the event.
We now wish Josh Munn all the best in Japan for the Eisenhower, where he tees up along with team mates Tae Koh and Vaughan McCall next Thursday. Munn has also been invited to stay on in Japan to play in his biggest professional event, the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup, a Japan Tour event bigger than the New Zealand Open. That invitation came from winning the New Zealand Amateur at Nelson.