Joonsang's breakthrough victory6 Oct 2015
Joonsang Chung's stunning victory in the Augusta Funds Taranaki Open not only secures his PGA NZ Tour card for at least the next 12 months, but also sets him up for some potentially lucrative paydays ahead.
Firstly, he now leads the Jennian Homes Charles Tour OOM after two events out of the six scheduled. Maintaining that position will earn him $5,000 in May 2016. Secondly, he now lies 14th on the Mondiale PGA NZ OOM and if he can kick on to the Top 10 by December, he will be guaranteed starts in the Holden NZ PGA Championship and the NZ Open next March.
That will be a far cry from the battle he's had to establish himself as a professional golfer, and without the encouragement he received from the late Jim Clelland, he may well have flagged it away two years ago.
He proved he can handle pressure during a fascinating last nine duel with Woonchul Na last Sunday, with triumph and disaster equally possible for both golfers on virtually every hole. Even on the last when he faced a nasty plugged downhill lie in the bunker, he was able to get it out and make a par save.
Well done Joonsang, and congratulations to Simon Rowe and the New Plymouth Golf Club for presenting Ngamotu in great condition, and for running a fantastic Jennian Homes Charles Tour event.