The Junior Kaimai Classic 2014 for under-19 golfers was held at the Omanu and Mount Maunganui Golf Clubs last week.

The 72 boys and 13 girls representing 33 clubs played 36 holes at Mount Maunganui on Thursday and 36 holes at Omanu on Friday.

The men's final day was a thriller with Te Puke players Jin Hwang and Harry Hillier shooting outstanding scores at Omanu to battle out for the title.

Hwang started the final round with a healthy three-shot lead over Mount's Bailey Smith but 14-year-old Hillier played sublime golf to be six under through the first 9 holes to close to just two shots behind Hwang.


Hwang birdied 10, 12 and 14 while Hillier birdied 12 and 13, bogeyed 14, before he eagled 15 after holing out with a pitching wedge from 80 metres.

So with three holes left, Hwan led by two and he eventually won by three shots after Hillier bogeyed the last.

Hwang closed with a five-under 67 while Hillier shot a superb eight-under 64, which helped him take the secondary nett prize ahead of second round leader Sun-il Kim from Mount Maunganui.

In the women's section, Alanna Campbell from Omanu led from start to finish to take the gross and nett prizes.