Toomey goes back-to-back to win the Carrus Open

Tauranga's Luke Toomey has won back-to-back tournaments on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour, winning the Carrus Open in dominant fashion.

Starting the day two shots clear of second place at his home course at Tauranga Golf Club, Toomey fired another incredible round of five-under par to blitz the field by six shots, capping off his second win in as many weeks.

Toomey commented at the beginning of the week that he’s never had such a strong desire to win a golf tournament, and to get it done in his hometown is something he’ll never forget.

“It feels damn good. I’ve been thinking about this event for a long time and to be able to give back to the members who’ve done so much for me is a dream come true. I’m lost for words,” says an excited Toomey.

“I’m both exhausted and ecstatic.”

Toomey was in cruise control for much of the day after coming out of the blocks quickly in his opening nine.

He made birdies at the second, third, sixth, seventh, and ninth holes to put a lot of distance in between himself and the rest of the field. Only disaster would keep him from lifting the trophy.

He’d make another birdie on the par five 13th hole, followed by a bogey at 15 to cap off a six-shot win over Woonchul Na, and reigning NZPGA champion Kazuma Kobori who also wrapped up the leading amateur prize.

Toomey is looking forward to having a few drinks with the Tauranga members, after rounds of 67, 64, 62, and 65 to win his first Carrus Open.

On the women’s side of proceedings, Darae Chung has won her first ever event on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour also winning in dominant fashion.

Starting the day in a tie for the lead, Chung got off to a slow start being one-over par after her first five holes.

She quickly changed her fortune, making birdies at both the sixth and seventh holes before making four birdies in a six hole stretch to start her back nine.

She eventually carded a round of three-under to finish at nine-under for the tournament for a five-shot victory.

“It was one of my goals to win a Charles Tour event this year. It feels weird having just done it, I have a lot of emotions right now.

“I was really nervous through the first five holes. I wasn’t really sticking to the plan, but I ripped a drive down the sixth and that calmed me down; I was able to focus on the game plan after that,” said a happy Chung.

She now feels like she can reset her goals after proving to herself she can win on the big stage.

“I feel like I can do it now. I can look back at this achievement and draw on these experiences when I’m in a similar situation in the future. This is really only the beginning," says Chung.

“I have the New Zealand Amateur coming up next. That’s one of the biggest events on the New Zealand Golf calendar so I’m looking to win there as well.

“I’ve been playing really well lately, so I’m looking to carry a bit of this winning momentum into that event."

She carded rounds of 69, 74, 67, and 69 to seal her first victory on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour over Fiona Xu, Angela Ju, and Brittney Dryland.

For full results, head to www.golf.co.nz

Men’s scores:

258 Luke Toomey (PGA New Zealand) 67 64 62 65

264 Woonchul Na (PGA New Zealand) 65 66 68 65, Kazuma Kobori (Rangiora) 67 67 63 67

265 Kerry Mountcastle (Masterton) 66 66 66 67

266 Fraser Wilkin (Royal Auckland and Grange) 65 65 65 71

268 James Hydes (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 68 68 67 65, Mark Purser (PGA New Zealand) 71 67 63 67

269 Jim Cusdin (Tauranga) 66 73 63 67

270 Mark Brown (PGA New Zealand) 70 68 67 65, Gareth Paddison (PGA New Zealand) 72 64 68 66, Dongwoo Kang (PGA New Zealand) 71 63 68 68, Daniel Pearce (PGA New Zealand) 65 68 63 74

271 Jordan Loof (PGA New Zealand) 69 66 68 68

272 Jared Pender (Te Puke) 69 69 68 66, Kieran Muir (Omokoroa) 69 69 67 67

273 Sam An (Titirangi) 66 72 65 70

274 Justin Morris (PGA New Zealand) 67 70 68 69, Mako Thompson (Maraenui) 66 70 68 70

275 Mitchell Kale (Tauranga) 67 73 69 66, Matthew McLean (Harewood) 71 69 68 67, Kit Bittle (Gulf Harbour Country Club) 69 72 65 69, Louis Dobbelaar (Australia) 69 71 66 69

276 Lachie McDonald (Marton) 73 64 65 74

277 Kadin Neho (Whangarei) 69 68 72 68, Oscar Cadenhead (PGA New Zealand) 64 67 73 73

278 Richard Lee (PGA New Zealand) 72 70 66 70

279 Joshua Bai (Akarana) 70 69 65 75

280 Kevin Koong (Muriwai) 71 71 73 65, Dylan Gardner (Australia) 78 65 70 67, Stephen Liu (Pakuranga) 69 72 67 72, Taylor Gill (Bay of Islands Kerikeri Inc.) 65 71 70 74

281 Sung Jin Yeo (North Shore) 74 73 66 68, Hayden Beard (Mt Maunganui) 70 70 70 71, Troy Ropiha (PGA New Zealand) 69 74 66 72, Steven Williams (Tauranga) 68 70 70 73

282 Sul (Banaba) Im (Huapai) 73 69 68 72

283 James Watkins (Royal Wellington) 76 69 68 70, Kunaal Singh (Whitford Park) 70 75 67 71

284 Samuel Jones (Manaia) 76 71 68 69, Trent Munn (Manawatu) 74 70 70 70, Tom Heaton (Australia) 68 69 74 73, David Kim (Pakuranga) 69 70 71 74, Johnny Tynan (Titirangi) 66 70 70 78

285 Dale Clarke (Sherwood Park) 68 72 75 70, Trevor Marshall (PGA New Zealand) 72 70 71 72

286 David Smail (PGA New Zealand) 73 71 69 73

287 Jon Stewart (Omokoroa) 74 72 63 78

289 Cameron Jones (PGA New Zealand) 77 70 67 75, Jordan Woodall (Cambridge) 71 71 70 77

290 Daniel Freeman (Remuera) 73 74 70 73, Dean Sipson (Mt Maunganui) 71 74 68 77

292 Sungwoo Han (Queenstown) 75 71 74 72, Sam Nichols (PGA New Zealand) 71 69 73 79

293 Steven Oh (Remuera) 68 77 72 76

295 Joshua Morris (Taupo) 75 68 73 79

298 Dave Cooke (Tauranga) 72 70 77 79

300 Kyle Clark (Cromwell) 70 73 79 78

Women’s scores:

279 Darae Chung (Shandon) 69 74 67 69

284 Brittney Dryland (Titirangi) 75 68 74 67, Angela Ju (Pakuranga) 72 69 71 72, Fiona Xu (Akarana) 67 72 71 74

286 Caitlin Maurice (Omokoroa) 75 74 69 68

289 Ing Iadpluem (Riverside) 78 68 70 73

290 Eunseo Choi (Takapuna) 74 75 69 72

291 Caryn Khoo (Pakuranga) 73 75 73 70, Carmen Lim (Windross Farm Golf Course) 72 73 72 74

294 Siyi Keh (Titirangi) 75 70 73 76

295 Yeonsoo Son (North Shore) 77 72 69 77

299 Sieun Ha (North Shore) 74 75 75 75




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