The Cambridge Golf Club hosted 120 of the country’s top amateur players over the weekend for the 46th Classic Builders Cambridge Classic.
Cambridge’s Jordan Woodall, 19, was the leading player throughout the tournament and went on to win overall, securing his place in the top 10 of the NZ Order of Merit rankings.
“These are the moments I practice for and to see it pay off makes this win all the better,” Jordan said.
It started out with a career-best opening round of eight under par 64 on Friday, followed up on Saturday with a superb 67 to set up what proved to be a winning four-shot lead. His four-shot victory was over Hawkes Bay’s number-one Mako Thompson, with Aucklander Jang Hyun Lee another shot back in third.
The women’s division saw Auckland’s Ela Grimwood defeat Tauranga’s Alanna Campbell by two shots after both had played outstanding opening rounds of eight and five under par respectively.
A local highlight was the first par round of 72 played by Cambridge junior Ella Cockburn in the second round, good enough to make the championship cut by one shot, and to win the women’s net overall.
The tournament was originally meant to be 72 holes, but heavy rain on the final day forced the competition down to 36. Despite the best efforts of club staff, play was finally abandoned mid-afternoon Sunday after a torrential downpour.
“With a large number of club volunteers involved, albeit in a rain shortened event, this year’s tournament once again proved to be a very successful event,” said Cambridge Golf Club manager Geoff Pitman.