Golf titles decided at AIMS Games

Action from the 2016 NZCT AIMS Games in Tauranga from Sept 4-9.
Action from the 2016 NZCT AIMS Games in Tauranga from Sept 4-9.
Jayden Ford in action at the 2016 NZCT AIMS Games in Tauranga.

By Jamie Regan

Jayden Ford and Darae Chung have claimed gold at the 2016 NZCT AIMS Games golf tournament.

Ford, of Rangikura School, won the boys division after a final-round 80 at the Mount Maunganui club today, edging Hoje Kang (Otumoetai Intermediate) by four shots.

Chung, from Chilton St. James in Wellington, fired an impressive 72 in the final round to win the girls division by five shots from Vivian Lu (Bucklands Beach).

Both were extremely happy to have won but also said they could have played better.

“This (the Mount) is my favourite course so I was excited to play here and felt good this morning,” Chung said. “I wasn’t too happy with my first two rounds, but then I got back on track with my last two, and I am pretty happy with those scores.”

The week of golf around Tauranga provided the players with a big challenge, as weather conditions proved difficult for everyone.

“I didn’t play the best I can play, struggled on day one, played pretty decent on day two and struggled yesterday,” Ford said. “Today was also hard, but there are definitely a lot of positives to take from this week.”

Ford finished third in the tournament last year, and was happy that he could improve and claim another medal.

The team competition was another close result, with Francis Douglas Memorial College and Otumoetai College inseparable on 282 points. Tauranga Intermediate followed close behind with 278.

For full results, see here

Action from the 2016 NZCT AIMS Games in Tauranga from Sept 4-9.
Action from the 2016 NZCT AIMS Games in Tauranga from Sept 4-9.

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