Tae Koh makes history at Aussie Amateur Championship

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Auckland golfer Tae Koh has made history at the Australian Amateur Championship in Adelaide.

 
The 19-year-old from the Manukau Golf Club, who was 4up over West Australian Curtis Luck after the first 18 holes of the 36 hole final, completed a dominant performance to win 6 and 5 at The Grange Golf Club.
 
The 2014 Australian Amateur will be remembered as one of the hottest ever staged taylormade speedblade irons in the tournament's history that dates back to 1894. It will also be remembered as the time that Tae Koh came of age.
 
Koh, who has never won a national title in NZ, became the first Kiwi golfer to win the Australian Amateur Championship in 22 years since Michael Campbell won in 1992.
 
He is only the third New Zealand golfer to have won the Australian Amateur after C E S Gillies in 1899 and Campbell, who famously went on to win the US Open in 2005.
 
Koh began the championship final in style when he birdied the opening hole to go 1up. He made par on the second to be 2up after two holes and another birdie on the sixth saw the teenager advance to 3up.
 
Koh, who was never been behind in the biggest round of his young career, went to 4up with a birdie on the ninth as he got off to a brilliant start and showed no signs of nerves.
 
His highly rated Australian opponent got a hole back when Koh bogeyed the 10th and then Luck got back to 2down when he birdied the 13th.
 
The Kiwi, with a good contingent of the New Zealand players walking the course alongside him, rallied coming down the closing stretch.
 
He made birdies on the 16th and 17th to get to 4up at the halfway stage.
 
From there the Kiwi never looked back.
 
He won the 20th hole with a par to get to 5up and then claimed the 23rd hole to advance to 6up with 13 holes to play.
 
The pair traded holes with the Western Australian Luck winning the 26th and the 28th hole to keep his faint hopes alive but it was just delaying the inevitable.
 
The Auckland rep won the 29th hole with a par to restore his 6up advantage with seven holes to play.
 
When he sunk his putt for par on the 30th hole he was dormie - six up with six to play - and finished the championship with a par at the 31st hole.
 
Koh, who made it to the semifinals of the New Zealand Amateur Championship for the past two years titleist 913d2 driver, showed the value of that experience in a big event with a clinical display.

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