Paddison and Cassidy run-away winners at Muriwai Open

By NZ Golf

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Gareth Paddison has completed back to back victories on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour with a dominant five shot win at the Autex Muriwai Open this afternoon.

Paddison lead from start to finish this week with rounds of 64, 69, 69 and 71 to show his ascendency at the breezy Muriwai Links Golf Club.

The Wellington professional has written himself into the New Zealand Golf history books becoming the first player to win two Jennian Homes Charles Tour events on the trot.

"Going back to back is really special and it was great to lead from start to finish this week, which is a first for me," said an excited Paddison.

"Its always nice to be part of New Zealand Golf history, because I havent been in it much! Heres hoping I can make it three in a row in Tauranga in a couple of weeks time."

This victory also elevates him into a comfortable lead on the Jennian Homes Trophy standings heading into the final event of the year.

If Paddison finishes inside the top three he will pocket an extra $5,000 for his troubles. Mark Brown, Josh Geary and Brad Shilton will be his main rivals in Tauranga at the Carrus Open and must win to overtake Paddison.

"To be in the drivers seat for the Jennian Homes Trophy is fantastic, it would mean a lot to earn the main prize and any bit of extra money is of massive value with the amount of expenses we have as professionals."

This trophy was designed for consistency and persistence which he has clearly shown being a total 31-under par for the last two events.

Brown once again featured in the final group and finished as the bridesmaid today. He gave Paddison an early fright but could only manage a matching round of 71.

Shaun Jones rounded out the top three after making an exciting run of six birdies in eight holes to add to the tension, but a demoralizing four-putt on 17 quickly ruined his chances.

Chantelle Cassidy is back in the winners circle after a clinical performance this weekend to win by four strokes in the womens field.

This is her fourth title on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour in three different tournaments to show her skill in a range of different conditions.

Cassidy was ecstatic to be back on top of the leaderboard and win her maiden Muriwai Open title.

"It feels great to finally get a win under the belt this year, Im just so excited and it means a lot to win another Jennian Homes Charles Tour event," said Cassidy.

"I started par, birdie which settled my nerves early and the putts started dropping on the back nine which was very pleasing."

No one can argue with Cassidys dominance at this level and after her fourth victory on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour this afternoon, turning professional might just be around the corner.

"There is a chance in the near future, I am just discussing with my coach about the next step and it should be an exciting year. Im looking forward to heading back overseas at some stage and hopefully getting more experience."

There have been many great storylines from this summer of golf on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour and there is bound to be more drama at the final event of the year as we head to Tauranga for the Carrus Open where we will crown a new Jennian Homes Trophy Champion.

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

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