Wellington’s finest young talent has yet again produced the goods in what some would call his best yet after winning by an incredible six shots.
Hillier trailed fellow New Zealander, Henry Spring, by one shot entering the final round, but birdies on 16 and 17 secured his convincing victory.
Spring sadly dropped out of contention early, but can still take a lot away from a great campaign in Australia.
With Hillier’s victory comes the chance to play the Emirates Australian Open. He had no idea this was part of the winning package until after hs round, so was taken aback by the extra achievement. That event has seen the world’s best involved over the past few years including Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott who are likely to return again.
“It’s an amazing feeling, I got told by one of my playing partners that I will have a spot at the Australian Open so it still hasn’t hit me yet simply because I have only known for about 10 minutes,” said an excited Hillier.
“I didn’t know what was going on behind me, which was probably a good thing actually and I just could do what I needed to and to finish the way I did was very pleasing.”
“I was definitely just in the zone, playing safe never crossed my mind, 16 is a tight drive and I stuck to my plan of using driver and pulled it off. The same thing happened on 17 and I just did what I needed to do.”
This victory just adds to the simply amazing year Hillier is having which has included wins at the New Zealand Amateur Championship, New Zealand U19 Stoke Play and the Harewood Open on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour.
In March Hillier was also the leading amateur at the BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open in Queenstown so the list is soon becoming endless.
This victory is no doubt sitting near the top of that impressive list.
“I think this is definitely right up there, it’s hard to choose between all the amazing experiences over the last year, but one I will certainly cherish for a very, very long time.”
After a year of consistent success, winning seems to be becoming a habit for the Manor Park man.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a habit, but it’s definitely a feeling that I enjoy and want to keep feeling again and again and again. Once again, I am just so happy with how the week has gone and looking forward to what’s ahead.”
Queenslander Karis Davidson won the Australian Girls Junior Championship by one shot over New Zealander Momoka Kobori.
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