New Zealand fire to lead Eisenhower Trophy

New Zealand fire to lead Eisenhower Trophy

New Zealand fire to lead Eisenhower Trophy


New Zealand have rocketed into the lead at the World Amateur Team Championships after a great night for Daniel Hillier, Denzel Ieremia and Kerry Mountcastle who now lead by one shot at the biggest amateur golf team’s event on the planet.

Once again it was New Zealand’s number one amateur in Hillier, who led the way with a stunning round of seven-under par while Ieremia also fired to be just one behind carding a six-under parround. 

Mountcastle was solid once again but found it hard to keep up with his two teammates who were unstoppable at Carton House Golf Club.

New Zealand hold a one-shot lead over the strong chasing contingent of Ireland, Thailand and Denmark who will be looking to take their place at the top in the third round starting late tonight(NZT).

Hillier, who is now tied fourth in the individual standings after eight more birdies today, couldn’t believe the day they had and enjoyed riding the wave.

“I’m pretty shaken to be honest. It was an awesome day. I didn’t have any idea what the boys were doing in front of me but every time I looked they had their heads high and it really helped me kick on. It was a great team effort,” said Hillier.

He then made a birdie putt on the 18th for the New Zealand team to take the outright lead without being aware of their position 

“Absolutely not – I saw there was a scoreboard on 16. I didn’t even want to look at it. I just thought I’ve got a job to do and I’ve got to do it. And I managed to finish strong which was nice.”

After a clinical round of six birdies and zero bogeys to be tied eighth in the individual standings, Ieremia was hungry for more after a fun day.

“I’m feeling good but I’m a little bit hungry. It was a fun day, it was cool looking back and seeing the guys in good spirits the whole way around. I couldn’t tell if they were playing good or bad which is always a good thing. I just played solid golf and holed a few putts coming in – it’s cool.

“It’s halfway through the tournament so it’s nice to be in front, it’s a good position. I am confident in our team. We will go through our process and see what happens.”

Mountcastle was stoked for his teammates, he enjoys the format and knows that his good round is just around the corner.

“It’s pretty special for the team to be leading. It’s a massive tournament and something we have only won once. For me personally I haven’t scored well but to have these two playing as they are it builds a lot of confidence in me to know I can just go out there and keep playing and wait for that round to turn up,” said Mountcastle. 

“You don’t have to be on it every time – you’ve got two other people that can help you out.”



Posted: Friday 7 September 2018