Big win for young golfer


Now that he knows what winning feels like, Ryan Chisnall is aiming for more success on the golf green in 2014.
The 19 year old, who plays out of Greenacres Golf Club, took out the South Island Championship in Dunedin last week – the most significant win of his young career.
Having been part of the New Zealand development squad for a number of years prior, and finishing second at the New Zealand Amateur Golf Championships last year, Ryan has always shown great potential. But he finally delivered on that at the St Clair course beating Canterbury number one Jordan Bakermans by one hole to finish with an eight-under par 276 and claim the title.
“I had finished second place eight times or something stupid [at national events] so to actually win something felt pretty good,” he says. “To win one of the top tournaments in New Zealand meant even more.”
The Brightwater teen had just turned down an offer to play at the Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Melbourne this year in a bid to represent New Zealand at the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship. So last week’s result couldn’t have come at a better time for Ryan who is now hoping to crack the top six ranked amateurs in New Zealand so he can be part of the squad. “I’m ranked eighth in New Zealand but the top six, based on the world rankings, get invited to the Asian amateur so I’ve got plenty of time to catch up and make some ground.”
Ryan led from start to finish at the South Island Championship. He shot 65, 68, 70 and then a round of 73 on the par 71 layout, and admits nerves certainly played their part at the end.