Henare proves he is in Classic form

Hastings professional golfer Andrew Henare spent last year working in the mining industry in Australia but he is back home to play.

This was clearly evidenced by his nine birdies and one eagle, winning with a stunning 10 under par 62 in the Jimmy Napier Martinborough Classic on Tuesday.

Henare was seven under par through his first nine holes, starting his round from the ninth.

A clumsy three-putt on the 18th, his 10th 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 of Henare 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 at minus six.

Lee drove the par four 7th hole and made eagle to get to five under, but two bogeys with three more birdies also had him at minus six.

He was coming off the back of his impressive win in the Eketahuna Masterton pro-am at the weekend, where he took the honours by two shots from Daniel Pearce (Ashburton) after shooting a record-breaking 63 at Lansdowne on Sunday.

Pearce, for his part, also continued his good form at Martinborough, finishing in a tie for fourth after a round of 68. Leading scores at Martinborough:

62 Andrew Henare (Hastings)

66 Richard Lee (North Harbour), Grant Moorhead (New Plymouth)

68 Joshua Carmichael (North Harbour), Daniel Pearce (Ashburton), Dominic Barson (Kaitake Golf Club)

69 David Klein (Te Anau), Keiran Muir (Omokoroa), Bryce Mawhinney (Manawatu), Craig Hamilton (Omanu)

- Wairarapa Times-Age

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