Hillier and Mountcastle Selected

Amateur Squads Selected for Busy January

New Zealand Golf have named two squads to compete at the Australian Master of the Amateurs (AMOTA) and the South American Amateur (SAA) to be played in early January.

A squad of six New Zealanders will tee it up from January 9 to play the 2018 AMOTA. The players travelling to the East course at the famed Royal Melbourne Golf Club are Daniel Hillier, Luke Brown, Mark Hutson, Kerry Mountcastle, Matt Mclean and Tom Parker.   

For the first time in history, the AMOTA will introduce a women's event with Juliana Hung receiving an invite into the field. Hung will be looking to take her Toro Interprovincial form into the new year after ending the week with seven wins and just one loss for Canterbury.

For the men, this is placed by the R&A as the highest ranked Amateur Championship in Australia and is played over 72-holes of stroke play, without a cut.

In 2009 a young player called Rickie Fowler played in the event, only to lose in a playoff hole unlike the recent Hero World Challenge where he shot a remarkable final round of 61 to win to claim his fourth PGA Tour title. 


A second squad will travel to the South American Amateur which starts January 13 at the Martindale Country Club. The travelling players include Henry Spring, Charlie Hillier, Alanna Campbell and Brittney Dryland.

The Individual South American Amateur Golf Championship began in Guayaquil on 2006 under the Match Play format. After four years of success, the championship got extended to more amateur players from other regions and the game form at change to 72-hole stroke play.

Spring, Hillier and Campbell will be making their way from America where they are playing College golf, while Dryland travels from New Zealand after winning her fifth Toro Interprovincial title.

The R&A have once again played a huge part in growing the game of golf and on this occasion they have supported the squad travelling to the SAA.  New Zealand Golf thanks them for their support which is giving our leading golfers a chance to play and challenge themselves on the international stage.