Golf: McCall shares 14th place

Vaughan McCall. Photo / APN
Vaughan McCall. Photo / APN

New Zealand No1 Vaughan McCall has finished as the leading Kiwi at the Asia-Pacific amateur golf championship in Thailand.

The 21-year-old carded a three under 69 in the final round at the Amata Spring Country Club to finish on a three under total in a share of 14th place.

He was 12 shots back from China's Tianlang Guan, as the 14-year-old won by one shot to secure an invitation to the 2013 Masters at Augusta National.

McCall, who finished 13th on the individual standings at the Eisenhower world amateur team's championship in Turkey, got off to a fast start in the final round.

The Southlander birdied three of the opening six holes to climb the leaderboard, before a double bogey on the eighth saw him drop back and make the turn in one under par.

He added further birdies on the 15th and 17th to sign for a 69 and secure another top 15 finish.

It continues McCall's fine year after he became the first golfer in 24 years to win the New Zealand stroke play and amateur titles in the same year.

Ashburton golfer Daniel Pearce, who was second after round one, shot even par in the final round to finish on a one under total and claim a share of 18th place. Blair Riordan was one shot further back after finishing with a disappointing three over par 75.

Bay of Plenty golfer Peter Lee finished tied 29th, Compton Pikari was tied 55th and James Beale finished in a share of 57th place.

- APNZ

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