Josh Geary heads into the New Zealand Open with a victory fresh under his belt, clinching the Jennian Homes Brian Perry Classic.

He shot a two-round total of eight under at Tieke Estate shooting 67 twice in wet conditions to win by three over Charlie Smail who shot 67 and 70. First round Leader Tyler Hodge started off hot with a five-under 66, continuing his good form from the Brian Green Property Group NZ Super 6s at Manawatu Golf Club. He struggled in the rainy conditions in round two and shot a five-over 76 to fall back down the leaderboard.

This is the first time Tieke Estate has hosted a professional golf tournament, with the new course presented in immaculate condition receiving rave reviews from the professional cohort. This event promises to be the first of many as the event turns into the Jennian Homes Charles Tour season finale in 2024, with Jennian Homes and the Perry Group putting up a $100,000 total prize purse for the season.

A big part of the Brian Perry Classic is the inclusion of an elite junior competition, a prime chance for Waikato Golf’s future stars to rub shoulders with the best golfers in the country.

Auckland Junior and Golf New Zealand National Academy member Joshua Bai took out a $2500 Scholarship from Waikato Golf for being the top Junior with a two-round total of two-under. Bai will look to parlay his form in two weeks as he has an invite to the New Zealand Open and New Zealand PGA Championship at Gulf Harbour Country Club on March 9th – 12th

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