Phillip Island golfer, Mark Boulton, defended his title, winning the Neil Woodbury Cup in New Zealand for the second year in-a-row last week.
CHAMPION South Gippsland golfer and Country Week player Mark Boulton recently made a trip to New Zealand’s North Island to defend the New Zealand Mid-Amateur Championship title he won in 2013.
Boulton, from Phillip Island, played off a handicap of plus two on the difficult Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary Course and he led from go to whoa through the 54-hole stroke event
He opened his 2014 defence with a morning round on Tuesday, November 11, of two under the card 70.
This was followed by a par round 72 for the afternoon round, to take a five shot lead into the final round.
Bolton, who won last year by a margin of six shots, hung on during Wednesday’s round with 76, to win by five shots, ahead of Auckland’s Thai Leng (Remuera) and Nick Ming with 223.
Boulton’s 54 hole total was 70, 72, 76 = 218.
Bolton was presented with the Neil Woodbury Cup by New Zealand Golf Life Member, Neil Woodbury.
Leng had the better round of the Wednesday with a 75, but could not catch Bolton who has never played the Australian Mid-Amateur and reflected after his win, that some of his best golf has been played at Wairakei.
“The Wairakei course is beautiful with lots of native wildlife, kiwis and fallow deer – it’s a very special course,” Boulton said.
“I said last year I’d definitely be back to play on the course again and some of the comments have been that I play my best over there,” he laughed.
“I didn’t go in overly confident, I just went in with the plan to give it my all.
“There weren’t any lead-in events, but I put in plenty of practice at the Phillip Island course beforehand, mainly so I didn’t embarrass myself in New Zealand.”
Boulton’s practice also paid off, winning the Phillip Island Club Championships on Saturday.
“I flew back in late on Thursday night and won the club championships on Saturday,” Boulton said.
Boulton won the club’s stroke event over four rounds with 75, 69, 69, 74.
“I started on a plus three handicap but that’s been adjusted back to plus two again now,” Boulton said.
“Overall I was one under over the four rounds, but I wasn’t overly pleased with my game.”
No doubt Boulton will be back on the course soon, after some recovery time at work he joked, to keep up his winning form.