New Zealand swamped on final day of Eisenhower to finish fourth

New Zealand had one of it’s best results in the Eisenhower Trophy but it nonetheless would have been tinged with some disappointment.

The New Zealand team of Daniel Hillier, Denzel Ieremia and Kerry Mountcastle finished fourth after leading the tournament following the second and third rounds.

 The New Zealand team of Denzel Ieremia, Kerry Mountcastle and Daniel Hillier at the Eisenhower Trophy tournament in Ireland

The New Zealand team of Denzel Ieremia, Kerry Mountcastle and Daniel Hillier at the Eisenhower Trophy tournament in Ireland

The Eisenhower was played in Ireland at Carton House Golf Club last month and, in a format where the best two scores count towards the team’s total, New Zealand was the leader by one shot after round two.

That lead was increased to three after round three and hopes would have been high going into the last of the four rounds.

And even though Hillier and Mountcastle had rounds of three and two under par respectively, the New Zealand team was swamped.

Denmark ran out the winners at a total of 39 under par with two of it’s players brilliantly scoring seven and six under on the final day.

Second at 38 under par was the United States while third at 36 under par was Spain. New Zealand had a total of 35 under par for it’s fourth position.

Hillier was the top performer for the New Zealand team. He ended up the tournament with a total of 17 under par to be the third equal best individual of the tournament.

A week earlier at the same venue the New Zealand women’s team competed in the Espirito Santo Trophy.

The trio of Julianne Alvarez, Wenyung Keh and Amelia Garvey finished 19th with Garvey the best individual peformer with a total of one under par for her four rounds.

 The New Zealand team of Julianne Alvarez, Amelia Garvey and Wenyung Keh at the Espirito Santo Trophy tournament in Ireland

The New Zealand team of Julianne Alvarez, Amelia Garvey and Wenyung Keh at the Espirito Santo Trophy tournament in Ireland