Mountcastle, from the Wairarapa on the North Island of New Zealand’s south east coast, won by one shot over Lachie McDonald, Dongwoo Kang and Mark Brown who earlier in the week had become just the second person in professional golf to break 60 on two occasions.
In a roller-coaster final round, it took till the 72nd hole before the amateur had the outright lead at a total of 16-under par with rounds of 65, 67, 64 and 68 at the Tauranga Golf Club.
The bookies naturally had three-time defending champion Mark Brown as their favourite entering the final day, but it was Mountcastle who held his nerve with three textbook pars to finish, in front of hundreds of passionate fans who continue to provide the biggest crowds of the season.
“It’s a great feeling and great experience to win on this tour, especially one that is named after Sir Bob Charles,” said a proud Mountcastle.
“The other amateurs that have won these events are achieving great things at the moment, so to join them is really nice,” said Mountcastle.
For Mountcastle it continues an outstanding year in 2018 having won the New Zealand Strokeplay Championship by eight shots last month.
Finishing earlier in the day, Hawkes Bay professional Daniel Pearce has won the season long points race to the Jennian Homes Trophy today after another great season on the national circuit.
Pearce’s year will be remembered by the two big wins at the Barfoot & Thompson Akarana Open and the Ngamotu Classic which solidified his position as New Zealand's best domestic golfer of the summer.
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