20 Nov 2012

Takaka golfer to make New Zealand Open debut

6:40 am on 20 November 2012

The Takaka professional golfer Sean Riordan will make his BMW NZ Open debut this week after he won the final qualifying event yesterday at the Russley Golf Club in Christchurch.

Riordan shot a four under par 68 to be one shot better than well-performed NZ professionals Troy Ropiha and Anthony Doyle and Australian Daniel Valente.

Canterbury amateur reps Tom Turner and Harry Bateman, and South Korean pro Dongwoo Kang were one shot further back with rounds of two under par 70.

The trainee professional Riordan, who recently won the Mitsubishi Electric PGA National Futures Championship in New South Wales, is pleased to play in his first New Zealand Open after he came up short in the final qualifier four years ago in Queenstown.

All golfers who shot rounds of one over par 73 automatically qualified while the 12 players who finished on two over par 74 were required to play off for the remaining five spots.