Hawke's Bay golfer Andrew Henare produced a career best 10 under par round of 62 on the way to victory in the Jimmy Napier Classic ProAm in Martinborough on Tuesday.
Henare played little golf last year as he has been working in the mining industry in Australia. He thought he would enter a couple of tournaments while home on holiday before heading back to Australia.
He was surprised with Tuesday's victory.
"I would love to get back into golf and that is my goal but at present I have a young family and need a more reliable income," Henare said.
Henare shot nine birdies and one eagle.
He was seven under par through his first nine holes, starting his round from the ninth.
A clumsy three-putt on the 18th, his tenth hole, was his only blemish, playing his last eight in four under par without birdieing either of the two par five holes.
Richard Lee from North Harbour and Grant Moorhead of New Plymouth shared second, albeit four shots back on 66.
Moorhead was six under par through his first eight holes, but mixed a couple of bogeys with just the two more birdies to finish the tournament at minus six.