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NZ meritorious sixth at Eisenhower Trophy

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/09/2016

New Zealand have held firm to finish a laudable sixth at the Eisenhower Trophy men's amateur team golf tournament in Mexico.

Ryan Chisnall led the way on the fourth and final day at Riviera Maya, carding a three-under 68 to register a counting score for the first time.

Luke Toomey closed with a 70, meaning New Zealand shot four-under on Saturday to finish on 15-under overall.

They improved one spot, level with 15-time champions the United States in the 71-nation tournament.

Second-placed England were only four shots clear but nobody finished within sight of Australia, who ended a 20-year drought with a winning tally of 38-under.

It was also New Zealand's best result for several years at the biennial tournament.

They have won it once before, in 1992, and are twice runners-up.

Waikato golfer Toomey finished 16th in the individual standings on six-under, one shot better than 20th placed team-mate Nike Voke.

US-based Voke was the best performer in the three-man New Zealand team over the first two rounds but lost ground. His closing 72 was non-counting.

Australians dominated the individual leaderboard, with winner Cameron Davis finishing on 17-under, two clear of Curtis Luck.

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