Golf: Teenage golfer holds nerve to win NZ PGA Champs

Amateur golfer Kazuma Kobori has held his nerve to win the 2019 NZ PGA Championships at the Pegasus golf club in Christchurch.

Leading by four into the last day, the 17-year-old was cool, calm and collected on his way to shooting a three-under-par 69 and claiming a four-shot win over seasoned Kiwi professional David Smail.

The Rangiora High School student made four birdies in the last round - his only mistake came on the 17th hole, a lone bogey.

Golf: Teenage golfer holds nerve to win NZ PGA Champs
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He entered the final round with a four shot lead - which is where he found himself on the 72nd hole, he strolled down the final hole needing just a triple bogey to win. He holed a five footer for par under little pressure to win. 

There was a strong Kiwi showing on the leaderboard with Mark Purser (T4), Denzel Ieremia and Josh Geary (T9) all finishing in the top 10.

The other amateur to make the cut was Northland's Luke Brown who finished at five over for the tournament.

It's the first an amateur has won the event, with Kobori qualifying to make the tournament on Monday.