Josh Munn was in contention for a very high finish after 3 rounds of the Asia Pacific Amateur staged at Royal Melbourne. After rounds of 74, 67 & 72, Munn was in a share of 5th at 3 under par, although a distant 9 shots back from the runaway leader Antonio Murdeca from Australia. Unfortunately a bad start in round 4 led to an uncharacteristic 7 over 79 for Munn, and a large slide down the leaderboard to eventually finish in a tie for 22nd spot alongside fellow NZ rep Tae Koh.
Murdeca held his nerve on day 4, to record a 1 under par 71 and finish 7 shots clear of his nearest challenger. With this win Murdeca is the first Australian to win the title, and will get an invite to the highly prestigious US Masters as an amateur.
Levin's Tyler Hodge finished one shot further back from Munn after rounds of 72, 74, 75 & 73. Hodge's final round included a round destroying 9 on the par four 4th hole, but he saved his round with a tally of 6 birdies, to show that never give up attitude which is so important at this level of golf.
Munn and Hodge, now return back home and will compete for Manawatu Wanganui at Taupo this weekend against Bay of Plenty.