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Gareth Paddison completes back to back Charles Tour victories

Paddison completes a notable double (Photo: NZ Golf)
Gareth Paddison has completed back to back victories on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour with a dominant five shot win at the Autex Muriwai Open this afternoon.

Paddison lead from start to finish this week with rounds of 64, 69, 69 and 71 to show his ascendency at the breezy Muriwai Links Golf Club.

The Wellington professional has written himself into the New Zealand Golf history books becoming the first player to win two Jennian Homes Charles Tour events on the trot.

“Going back to back is really special and it was great to lead from start to finish this week, which is a first for me,” said an excited Paddison.

“It’s always nice to be part of New Zealand Golf history, because I haven’t been in it much! Here’s hoping I can make it three in a row in Tauranga in a couple of weeks time.”

This victory also elevates him into a comfortable lead on the Jennian Homes Trophy standings heading into the final event of the year.

If Paddison finishes inside the top three he will pocket an extra $5,000 for his troubles. Mark Brown, Josh Geary and Brad Shilton will be his main rivals in Tauranga at the Carrus Open and must win to overtake Paddison.

“To be in the driver’s seat for the Jennian Homes Trophy is fantastic, it would mean a lot to earn the main prize and any bit of extra money is of massive value with the amount of expenses we have as professionals.”

This trophy was designed for consistency and persistence which he has clearly shown being a total 31-under par for the last two events.

Brown once again featured in the final group and finished as the bridesmaid today. He gave Paddison an early fright but could only manage a matching round of 71.

Shaun Jones rounded out the top three after making an exciting run of six birdies in eight holes to add to the tension, but a demoralizing four-putt on 17 quickly ruined his chances.


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