Merrick takes 2011 NZ PGA Senior Championship

Garry MerrickAUSTRALIA’S Garry Merrick has won the 2011 New Zealand PGA Senior Championship with a three round total of four under par.

The South Australian shot a solid final round two-under 70 as others around him fell away at the Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, Wairakei, Taupo.

Merrick began the day three behind overnight leader Lucien Tinkler and started with a flourish, birdieing the par five first hole, then had two more on the 11th and 12th before a sole bogey on the 17th hole.

New Zealand’s Garth Domigan finished his round birdie-eagle to vault over a bunch of players to take out second placing, one shot clear of American Terry Dill.

First day leader Jim Lapsley of Queenstown slipped back to fourth placing with a 75, while 36-hole leader Tinkler faded badly with a last round of 80.


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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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