Daniel Hillier shows class in big victory in Wellington Strokeplay


Daniel Hillier shows class in big victory in Wellington Strokeplay Daniel Hillier shows class in big victory in Wellington Strokeplay    .   A final round of 67 left Daniel Hillier 12 shots clear of his New Zealand team-mate Ryan Chisnall in the Wellington Strokeplay at Shandon. The big local hope in next months Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Wellington showed his golfing class with a demolition of a quality field at the weekend. Daniel Hillier, who chases exemptions into The Masters and Open Championship at the APAC at the end of October, showed he was right on target with a 12-shot victory over Ryan Chisnall in the Wellington Strokeplay at Shandon. The 19-year-old sizzled on Sunday, firing a third round of five-under-par 65 to bolt to the lead before closing with a 67 for a 10-under total of 270.   Daniel Hillier handled the fast greens and the Wellington wind to prove too good for his rivals at Shandon. Tasman visitor Chisnall, ranked second in the country just ahead of Hillier, was consistent but couldnt break par over the weekend to finish on 282, two shots ahead of Hawkes Bays Mako Thompson the newly-crowned national under-19 champion. Hillier was third at the halfway point, behind locals Matt Pegg and Kerry Mountcastle, another in the 10-strong New Zealand contingent for the APAC. But after rounds of 70 and 68, Hillier mastered the speedy Shandon greens and strong wind to prove a class above a strong field of 61.   Tasmans Ryan Chisnall was consistent over the four rounds but couldnt break 70, in finishing second to Daniel Hillier. Mountcastle started strongly with rounds of 68 and 69, before blowing out with duals 74s on Sunday and tying with Manawatu-Whanganuis Guy Perry for fourth. In the womens event, Shontalia William from Boulcotts Farm posted her most significant result in the senior ranks with a seven-shot win over fellow rep Erika Cui. William dominated a small field of nine, totalling 313 as the scores blew out on the second day.   Shontalia William from Boulcotts Farm outshone rep team-mates Gabrielle Palado and Erika Cui. Two former winners were behind her, with 2015 and 2016 champion Gabrielle Palado unable to win three straight. She finished on 323, three shots behind Cui, while 2014 winner Brydie Hodge of Manawatu-Whanganui was seventh on 337. 270 – Daniel Hillier 70 68 65 67. 282 – Ryan Chisnall (Tasman) 70 72 70 70. 284 – Mako Thompson (Hawkes Bay) 74 71 71 68. 285 – Guy Perry (Manawatu-Whanganui) 73 72 70 70, Kerry Mountcastle 68 69 74 74. 286 – Adam Church 71 72 73 70. 290 – Matt Pegg 68 68 77 77. 291 – Hayden Ring (Manawatu-Whanganui) 71 75 75 70, Russell Mitchell (Hawkes Bay) 77 72 74 68, Jonno Cane 76 75 72 68. Women:. 313 – Shontalia William 77 80 77 79. 320 – Erika Cui 76 78 82 84. 323 – Gabrielle Palado 79 79 81 84. 324 – Alannah Braybrook 77 87 81 79. 329 – Anita Harkerss 81 81 84 83.

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