Jennian Homes Charles Tour

Amateur Kerry Mountcastle has shown up the professionals in a tense finish at the Carrus Tauranga Open. A solid par on the last was good enough to see Mountcastle earn his first win on the Charles Tour, edgeing out Mark Brown, Lachie McDonald and Dong Woo Kang by a single stroke. Brown had an eventful week in his attemp to lift the trophy for the 5th time in 6 attempts, possibly setting a world first by shooting 59 for the second time in professional competition on the same course.

The season long Jennian Homes Tour order of merit winner was also decided this week. Daniel Pearce did enough, with an 11th place finish to hold off his only challenger for the week, James Anstiss.


Lydia Ko saved her best for last at the Hugel JT-BC LA Open, closing with a final round of 2 under par 69, for a middle of the pack T32 finish at 2 over par for the week.

PGA Tour - Another cut made by Danny Lee at the Valero Texas Open. While Lee never troubled the leaders, its another 4 rounds under the belt and another week closer to a top result.

Local Texan Andrew Landry held on to win his first title on the PGA Tour with a 2 stroke victory over Trey Mullinax and Sean O’Hair.

A tough grind around a “brutal” course has resulted in a 12th place finish for Kiwi number 1 Ryan Fox, at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. At a course where anything under par was a great day out, Fox was Mr consistent with 72 71 71 71 to be 3 under for the week. Also a better week for our European Tour rookie Josh Geary, making his first cut of 2018. Relatively tidy rounds of 74 73 73 73 for a share of 46th place.

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China Golf Association Tour

Luke Toomey has again led the way for the Kiwi contingent, this time at the Yunnan Classic.

Toomey showed guts to recover from a disasterous start to his final round, posting a 2 under par back 9 to hold on for 2nd place, 5 shots behind runaway winner Tuxuan Wu of China.

Matt Perry had another solid result, just missing out on a top 10 at 4 over par, on a leaderboard with only 4 players under par for the week. Fraser Wilkin and Kieran Muir were the other Kiwis to make the cut, finishing 47th and 60th respectively, while the course got the better of China based Kiwi Shane Kuiti this week.

Japan Tour/Asian Tour

Following a great opening round of 67, Mike Hendry has struggled over the weekend to fade for a tie for 55th place at the Panasonic Open.

AbemaTV Tour

A solid start for Harry Bateman in his first event on the Japanese Tier 2 Challenge Tour. Bateman has improved from a first round 73, following up with 67 70 to get up for a share of 23rd place.

Phillipines Tour

Nick Coxon is underway in his Phillipines Tour season with a 42nd place finish at the ICTSI Luisita Championship. Coxon will no doubt be a little disappointed sliding down the leaderboard after an opening round 68, but surely will be happy to get a cheque in his pocket early in the season. Tour

With rounds of 72 71 74, Tim Wilkinson sat in a tie for 60th place with a day to play in the North Mississippi Classic. Unfortuately he wouldn’t get the chance to go out on Sunday and improve that position due to heavy rain forcing the cancellation of the final round. Fellow Kiwi Steven Alker wasn’t quite able to recover from a first round 76 and missed the cut by 2 shots.

Coming Up

PGA Tour

Danny Lee pairs up with Swedens David Lingmerth for the unique 2 man team event at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Abema TV Tour

Gareth Paddison joins Harry Bateman this week at the Japan Create Challenge at the Fukuoka Raizan Golf Club.

Japan Tour

Mike Hendry plays his third week on the bounce and will be looking to improve on his 39th and 55th place finishes of the last 2 weeks. Nagoya Golf Club Hosts the event simply known as The Crowns.

European Tour/Asian Tour

Tours combine again this week for the Volvo China Open at the Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing. Ryan Fox will be happy to be back in the Asian continent following a 3rd place finish in his previous visit earlier in the season.

Australasian Tour

Port Moresby Golf Club is the place to be for the Papua New Guinea Open this week. Kiwis Kieran Muir, James Anstiss, Campbell Rawson, Changi Lee, Josh Munn and Lachie McDonald will all be out chasing the title.


The inaugural LPGA Mediheal Championship takes its place on the LPGA Tour schedule this week. Lydia Ko will head to San Francisco to build on her recent solid form and charge up the leaderboard. Tour

While Tim Wilkinson heads to the Victoria National GC, Newburgh, for the United Leasing & Finance Championship, Steven Alker sits patiently on the alternates list hoping for a withdrawl or 2. Fingers crossed!!