Josh Munn's decision to remain an Amateur for another year maybe a surprise to some, but if he hadn't his great week at the NZ Open may not have turned out the way it did. As the current NZ Amateur champion Munn received his invite to play in the field. If he had turned pro, then he likely would have had to try and pre-qualify and may not have played at all. As it turned out Munn was the only Amateur to make the cut and eventually finished in a very creditable top 25 at -10 for the 4 rounds. He also received the Bledisloe Cup for the low amateur. This experience at the NZ Open would have been great experience as preparation for a pro career.
To follow that up the following week at home, Munn fired -20 at the LawnMaster Classic to finish tied second behind Michael Hendry. This was one of the best Charles Tour fields in the tours history, which also included Josh Geary and Mark Brown. Unfortunately current NZ number 1 Ryan Fox had to withdraw due to injury, but the field still contained most of the bigger names that anyone would expect from NZ's Professional and Amateur ranks. Munn already has 2 Charles Tour victories behind him at Muriwai and Harewood
While Munn misses out on the second equal cheque, he has much bigger ambitions in mind, and results such as this not only provide confidence, but also possible exemptions through early stages of qualifying schools later in the year. This all helps toward getting onto a highly ranked tour to chase some of the bigger tournament purses available.
Munn will now contest the NZ Strokeplay at Paraparaumu this week followed by the NZ Amateur in Auckland in April. He will then head overseas to contest some of the bigger amateur events in Europe and the US, before giving the tour schools another crack.
We wish him all the best.