A first round 65 was enough to secure Canterbury’s Kazuma Kabori the Southland Strokeplay title for the second consecutive year.
Played at SBS Bank Invercargill Golf Club over the weekend, the championships attracted some of the top golfers from Canterbury south – and the visitors proved too good for the locals.
Kabori followed his excellent first round score with rounds of 73 and 70 to take the title. Otago’s Brandon Hodgson was runner-up and young Canterbury talent Hayato Miya was third.
The top Southland player was Matt Tautari, who finished seventh.
Up and coming Queenstown talent Sumin Kang took out the women’s title, four shots clear of runner-up, Invercargill’s Robyn Pullar.
Paul Adams won the 36-hole seniors competition that ran alongside the championships.
The Southland championships attracted more than 50 players and is the first event of the 2019 House of Travel Tour HOT Tour). Results from the weekend’s play will be combined with results of the Otago and Canterbury Strokeplay Championships (to be played over the following two weekends).
The HOT Tour Champions are the lowest 162 hole aggregate scores (Men & Women) at the end of the 3 event tour.
Scores are published here