Geary gets it done20 Apr 2014
In the end, it was closer than expected, but Josh Geary was a deserved winner of the inaugural Recreational Services Akarana Open. He would have been eyeing Ryan Fox as his only possible challenger at the start of the day, but rookie pro Peter Lee nearly flew under the radar with a fast finishing 64 in the wet and testing conditions at Akarana.
The predicted rain finally arrived after the leaders had completed 7 holes, causing an 80 minute delay. Rain radar maps indicated a difficult if not wetter afternoon, but a mass of club volunteers were able to squeegee the greens back into playable condition to enable the 54 holes to be completed. This epitomised an outstanding effort by the Akarana Club to not only stage this addition to the Charles Tour in a few short months, but present it to a standard that will have the players talking about it for months to come. Congratulations Josh Geary, and well done Akarana!
Final scores here:
Geary in Cruise Control at Akarana19 Apr 2014
Josh Geary delivered another sublime exhibition of golf in perfect conditions at Akarana this morning, to start tomorrow's final round with a seven shot lead over chasers Ryan Fox and Leighton James. Also in contention for what will probably be the runner-up slot are PGA professionals Jared Pender and Peter Lee on 6 under, plus leading amateur Tae Koh on 5 under.
Geary has posted only one bogey in 36 holes - a three putt from two metres on 15 in the first round. However, he showed impressive powers of recovery were in his armoury as well today after getting into trouble on 17 & 18 (his front nine), but emerging with pars on both holes.
Just as well for the rest of the field that the ten shot rule (those within 10 of the leader make the cut) does not apply in this tournament, otherwise only seven golfers would be playing the final round. As it is, 61 will play tomorrow starting at 8.30am, with the final groups expected to finish around 2.30/3.00pm.
Follow their progress on: http://www.golf.co.nz/Tournaments/TournamentLeaderboard.aspx?CompetitionId=316071