Kingi claims title

By NZ Golf

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The women decided to put on a show for the Taranaki faithful as 72 holes wasnt enough to decide a champion.

Ela Grimwood had a handsome lead before Tyla Kingi put together an impressive 1-under par round to force a playoff.

After multiple clutch putts from the two young guns, it took four holes to separate the two as Kingi finally broke the dead lock to win for the first time on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour.

The inaugural Junior Tiger winner in 2009 has been away from the game for a long time with illness so to see her bounce back in this fashion and come from so far behind was extremely impressive.

"Its great to be playing again after a bit of time off, so I am very pleased and it was even better to have mum on the bag for the whole tournament," said Kingi.

"Starting six shots behind the lead was one of the best parts. Its a great confidence boost in only the second or third event of the year for me."

This concludes a great start to the new Jennian Homes Charles Tour season. Next stop on the calendar we head to Christchurch for the Harewood Open where Cantelle Cassidy will be looking to make it three Harewood Open titles in a row and Daniel Hillier will be defending his first title at this level.

- This story has been automatically published using a media release from Golf NZ

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