Josh Geary wins third Tauranga Open
BY NZ Golf | 29 Sep 2013
Mount Maunganui professional Josh Geary has continued his perfect winning record at the Carrus Open.
The 28-year-old fired a superb five-under par 65 at the Tauranga Golf Club in fine and cool conditions today to win the $40,000 Charles Tour event for the third time in as many appearances.
“It is pretty awesome to have that three from three record,” said Geary.
“It’s a course that I like and I love coming back here. There was a bit of pressure this week to go three from three and I was a bit behind but I stuck to my processes and it came good in the end.”
Geary lived up to his favourite billing – carding rounds of 66, 67, 64 and 65 for an 18-under par total – to win by eight strokes from Taupo professional Troy Ropiha (69) and Auckland pro Richard Lee (73).
He said each of his three wins at home was special but this week’s victory was great timing.
“This is my first event for a few weeks and I have a run of events coming up so this is a great confidence booster for the summer. It means a lot to me to win here in my home town and everyone out here supporting me and the local club behind me. It’s great.”
Geary, who won in 2006 as an amateur and 2008 for his first four-round win as a pro, set a number of records with his third title in his home province.
He joined Hawkes Bay professional Doug Holloway, who won the Wairakei Open from 2006 – 2008, as the only other player to win a Charles Tour title three times.
With his third win Geary edged one title closer to the most successful players on The Charles Tour alongside former NZ team-mate and three-time winner Mark Purser.
Michael Hendry (2009 Carrus Open, 2009 Taranaki Open, 2010 and 2013 Muriwai Open) and Holloway (2005 Taranaki Open and Wairakei Open 2006 – 2008) are the most successful players on The Charles Tour since it began in 2004.
He heads to Perth tomorrow and will look to build on this win on the PGA Tour of Australasia. He feels like in his current state – a bit desperate without a Tour card – he will be dangerous.
“I think it will work in my favour. I am hungry for it. It will be a great state of mind to come from.”
Takaka’s Blair Riordan was the leading amateur but this Carrus Open will be remembered as the time when Geary won for the third time in as many starts.