The 2019 HMC Horowhenua Open being played this Sunday at Levin Golf Club, has attracted close to 80 players, with most of the districts Rep hopefuls in the line up.
A number of Wellington district players are also entered, which is great to see, along with 3 young players from Auckland making the trip south.
One of those Auckland players is young prodigy, Joshua Bai, who won the US Kids World Championships, and shot an impressive round of 65 in the recent Charles Tour event at Akarana. At just 13 years of age, and playing off +1.9, he could be a player to watch for the future. Another young player to watch is Wellington's Jayden Ford. At 15 he is currently playing off +3.8.
Local players that could challenge for the title include, Levin's, Tyler Hodge, who will be playing in his first amateur championship since regaining his amateur status recently, interprovincial reps, Regan McConaghty & Liam Finlayson, and champion for the last 3 years, Tony Chettleburgh. A group of other players worth noting that are capable of forcing their way into the district Toro team this year include, Anthony Ilton-Maher, Josh Sedgwick, Angus Findlay, and Bradley McSherry, while another player of note includes former NZ rep, Riki Kauika. Kauika had a brief stint as a professional, but has now joined the police, and is back playing a little bit of golf as an amateur.
The women's field also has a quality look about it, with a number of players likely to challenge for the championship. Most of the players that were in the district Toro team that made the semi finals are playing. They are Tara Raj. Zhuoyi Hu, Lisa Herbert, Brydie Hodge & Lily Griffin and they maybe challenged by a couple of young Auckland golfers, Mimi Guo and Rianne Li.
The event format is 36 hole strokeplay, with both gross and net competitions being played for. We wish all players all the best for a successful event.