2016 ANITA BOON PRO-AM AT NORTH SHORE GOLF CLUB

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TYPE OF EVENT:  Mixed Pro-Am (men and women amateurs team up with Professional  women golfers) each day

DATES:  Thursday 17th and/ or Friday 18th November 2016

CORPORATE SPONSORS: KFC and Coca-Cola

LOCATION:  North Shore Golf Club, Auckland

Local favourite Jenna Hunter shot a superb 2 under par 68 to take out the 2016 Anita Boon Pro-am in Auckland today.

The 27-year-old, who started the final round tied for the lead with Gold Coast Professional Ali Orchard finished the 36 hole event at even par, five shots clear of runners-up Orchard and fellow Kiwi Liv Cheng to notch up her first ALPG victory and take the NZ$6000 winner's cheque.

On another typically breezy Auckland spring day, Hunter got off to the perfect start this afternoon making a birdie 3 on her opening hole and remained patient in the tricky conditions. On the par 5 1st hole she made her 2nd birdie of the round to get back to even par for the tournament, while a further birdie at the 2nd hole saw her move into red figures for the first time.

Another birdie at the 8th hole saw Hunter open up a commanding lead, however a double bogey at her 16th hole saw her fall back to even par for the tournament. The local favourite managed to hold her nerve making par at each of her final holes to cruise to victory.

“It was not quite as windy as yesterday but it was still really tough out there, you had to stay really patient. I am just so happy that I got the job done today” said the affable Kiwi.

Hunter’s first ALPG win which was made even sweeter playing on her home course in front of family and friends.

The past few years have been a struggle for the young Kiwi after battling a chronic shoulder injury which required her to make swing changes with her coach Sam Parsons after ruling out shoulder surgery.

“I thought about having surgery but when they told me that I may never play golf again if it didn’t work out that was it, I have had to work really hard but this makes it all worthwhile”

Up until the last three months Hunter had been working full time as an assistant at North Shore Golf Club and said that having the time to work on her game recently had made a huge difference to her game,

"The last 3 months I haven't been working and have just been traveling and trying to get as much competition as I could. I went to LPGA Qualifying which didn't go that well and played a few state opens in the USA. Just having the time to practice and work hard on my game has been great. I would really like to thank my coach Sam who has been so patient and has really stuck by me. We have worked on every area of my game and I owe him a lot."

 

Jenna Hunter takes out the
2016 Anita Boon Pro-Am in Auckland

On a lighter note at the annual “Trans-Tasman Trophy” which has become a highlight of the event in recent years was won by the Australian “Thong” Team consisting of Hayley Bettencourt, Lauren Hibbert, Vicky Thomas and Ali Orchard defeating the Kiwi “Jandal” Team represented by Hanee Song, Cathryn Bristow, Renee Fowler and Jenna Gainford

About the Anita Boon Pro-am

The Anita Boon Pro-Am is held annually in honour of former New Zealand player, Anita Boon, a passionate proponent of women’s golf and a great player in her own right, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2009.

With the assistance of loyal sponsors KFC and Coca-Cola, the tournament continues to raise funds for the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation

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2016 Pro-Am, Day 1 highlights

A windy day in Auckland has put a Kiwi and Aussie in the lead after Round 1 at the 2016 Anita Boon Pro Am. North Shore’s own local girl Jenna Hunter and Queensland’s Ali Orchard are head to head shooting 2 over par 72.

A windy day in Auckland has put a Kiwi and Aussie in the lead after Round 1 at the 2016 Anita Boon Pro Am. North Shore’s own local girl Jenna Hunter and Queensland’s Ali Orchard are head to head shooting 2 over par 72.

Hunter came home strong, finishing her round with two birdies.

“Course knowledge was an advantage and disadvantage today in these conditions.’ Hunter recalled.  ‘With the wind, anything could happen, I just aimed for the middle of the fairway and focused on putting’.

‘I was shaving the hole all day and finally on the way home the ball fell. I was just patient in the tough conditions. ‘

Orchard had a steady day, making birdies on the front 9.

‘I was mentally positive out there today. We had to be because it was such a grind. Once the birdies started fall I felt I was on a good roll’

The conditions were less then perfect, with the players battling a strong cross wind on course and showers throughout the afternoon.

After coming off a full season on the Symetra Tour, Liv Cheng has also had a strong day battling the conditions at North Shore Golf Club, finishing one behind the lead, 73.

The teams of the Trans-Tasman Trophy have been decided today by the ALPG and NZPWG staff:

Team Thong consists of Hayley Bettencourt, Lauren Hibbert, Vicky Thomas and Ali Orchard. Team Jandal is represented by Hanee Song, Cathyrn Bristow, Renee Fwoler and Jenna Gainford.  Following Round 1, Team Thong is in the lead by 5 points.

New Zealand's Jenna Hunter playing in
Day 1 of the Anita Boon Pro-Am, 2016.

Thirty-five professionals will continue play tomorrow, in forecasted better conditions for their share in NZD$40,000.

The Anita Boon Pro Am is held annually in honour of former New Zealand player, Anita Boon, a passionate proponent of women’s golf who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2009.

With the assistance of loyal sponsors KFC and Coca-Cola, the tournament continues to raise funds for the New Zealand Gynecological Cancer Foundation.

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