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Korea wins Asia Pacific Nomura Cup

(Photo: NZGA)
Debutante Andrew Stewart finished an impressive sixth placed individual in the Asia Pacific Teams golf championship that finished in Korea today.

The Tauranga golfer fired a final round four-under 68 which helped boost New Zealand to ninth place overall at the Nam Seoul Country Club in Seoul.

Stewart finished on one-over 289 with a superb display on the challenging terrain and extremely fast greens at Nam Seoul, eight shots behind top individual Chang-Won Han (Korea).

He led New Zealand to a strong finish with a one-over 217 for their three best counting scores that lifted them into the top-10 for the first time. He was supported with a one-over 73 by Peter Spearman-Burn and 76 from Ryan Fox and Ben Wallace.

The chances for the kiwi combination were destroyed with their disastrous first round 26-over 242 and they gradually improved their position each round as all team aside from the home side struggled with the daunting course.

Hosts Korea ran away with the title, finishing with a remarkable 18-under par 846 to be 22 shots clear of second placed Chinese Taipei. No other team was able to come close to mastering the course with third placed Japan 14 over par while perennial kiwi rivals, Australia finished in a tie for sixth place on 35 over par.

The win by Korea brought an end to five straight wins by Australia in the biennial Asia Pacific Teams competition.

h3. Final Leading Scores

846 Korea
868 Chinese Taipei
878 Japan
885 China
894 Thailand
899 Australia, Singapore
905 Pakistan
914 New Zealand
915 Philippines

Source - NZGA

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