24 Sep 2016

Sport: Aussies battle it out for Pacific golf champs

10:08 am on 24 September 2016

Australia golfers Jake McLeod and Adam Blyth are battling it out for the South Pacific Open Championship at New Caledonia's Tina Golf Course.

On Friday Adam Blyth fired 6-under 65 to earn top spot on the leaderboard before today's final one round.

"It was a very calm day and the greens were soft so I thought the scores would be quite low," Blyth said.

"But when you are in the lead it's not as freewheeling as normal, so I guess the other guys didn't get it together and I managed to have a good round."

New Caledonia's Tina Golf Course

New Caledonia's Tina Golf Course Photo: Tina Golf Course

However rookie pro and second round leader Jake McLeod is hoping he can recover from his 1-over 72 in the third round to claim the title from his childhood hero.

Ten years ago McLeod wrote a school project about his sporting hero, fellow Yeppoon local Blyth.

"We are both from Yeppoon so it will be a bit of fun," said McLeod.

"I will just try to out drive him all day and give him a little bit of cheek.

Noumea-based golfer Jean-Louis Guepy started the day sitting at 28th in the leaderboard at 1-under.

The South Pacific Open Championship is played for over US$100,000 and also attracts official World Golf Ranking points.