27 Feb 2011

McCall wins South Island golf title

5:29 pm on 27 February 2011

The Southland golfer Vaughan McCall has come from behind on the final hole to win the South Island strokeplay championship in Timaru.

The Gore teenager finished with a one-under par 71 to edge out Auckland's Sam An by one shot at the Timaru Golf Club.

16-year-old An, who won his age group at the Aaron Baddeley International in December, had been at the top of the leaderboard from the opening hole until the 71st.

Standing on the last tee with a two shot lead, he made a disastrous double bogey while McCall made a clutch birdie to claim victory.

McCall, a member of the Srixon Academy and New Zealand under-19 representative last year, added to the North Island Under-19 title he won in 2010.

Meanwhile Auckland's Jesse Hamilton bounced back from a terrible eight-over 81 in the third round to claim the women's honours.

The Maungakiekie club player fired a superb three-under 70 today to claim the women's title by four shots from Ashburton's Catherine Bell who could only manage a four-over 77.