Golf: Muir eases to Akarana Open win

Brittney Dryland and Kieran Muir win the Akarana Open. Photo / Simon Watts
Brittney Dryland and Kieran Muir win the Akarana Open. Photo / Simon Watts

Kieran Muir has won the Akarana Open in dominant fashion and for the first time on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour, alongside Brittney Dryland who took out the women's field.

Starting the day five shots clear Muir made save after save recording 17 straight pars to give no one else a sniff at the title and finishing with four shots up his sleeve.

Muir has been ever so close on multiple occasions so to finally break the drought was a great moment for the Bay of Plenty professional.

"It's still settling in, when people say congratulations I don't really know what to say," beamed Muir.

"Obviously I have had a couple of occasions where I haven't got it done, so to get it done today when you had a big was pretty important for me."

It was difficult conditions in the city of sails and Muir showed class, putting on a clinic in how to maintain a final round lead with 17 pars on the trot.

"My putting was the key today, made some important par saves which helped me hold on to that lead. Starting with a birdie and then having 17 straight pars was pretty pleasing in these conditions."

There was a slight hiccup in proceedings when rain belted down to flood vital greens and play was suspended for 30 minutes. This gave Muir the chance to compose himself and stride to victory.

"It gave me a chance to gather my thoughts and see how everyone else was going, so it wasn't too bad for me personally.

The Jennian Homes Charles Tour is all about building the future of our golfers and this win will go a long way for Muir and his career.

"It's a huge confidence booster, like I said before, knowing I can get over the line is a great feeling and after working on my mental game recently this also adds to that and the progression I am making."

"I love it here at Akarana, it's a special place to me so to become the champion here tops off a great year so far."

Muir now leads the point's race for the Jennian Homes Trophy after his consistent run of form on the New Zealand circuit.

However, he will not be playing in the Muriwai Open which gives the chasers a huge chance to win the inaugural Jennian Homes Trophy.

Muir is travelling to Perth to compete in the Western Australian Open and the , along with several pro-ams, giving him the opportunity to play for prize money totalling over $350,000.

"I would love to play Muriwai and have performed well there in the past so it's disappointing that it clashes with commitments in Perth. I love the concept of the Jennian Homes Trophy and it would be great to be playing Muriwai to try take it out, but that's the nature of the beast I guess now that I'm off to Perth.

Meanwhile over in the women's competition, Auckland's Brittney Dryland has also chalked up her debut win on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour and was all smiles in front of friends and family.

"It feels amazing, it's the greatest feeling. I played really well this week and to come down the last with a two shot lead was also pleasing," said Dryland.

"It was nice to have family and close friends by my side and to win at Akarana is especially good after playing a lot of golf around the corner at Maungakiekie so there is quite a few people here to celebrate with."

She held off one of the strongest fields seen this year which shows great composure to end the summer nicely.

We now move to the links of Muriwai for the final event of the Jennian Homes Charles Tour in two weeks' time.

- NZ Herald

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