Darae Chung has become the first female to play in the final group of the new mixed-gender format on the Jennian Homes Charles Tour after she shot a 4-under 66 on the third day to be only two shots from the lead in the Carrus Open.
The Shandon player has been in great form this weekend with scores of 64, 68 and 66 to be sitting at 12-under and amongst an illustrious group of players including Ryan Chisnall, Luke Toomey and James Hydes who have all had Jennian Homes Charles Tour success recently.
Speaking after the third round, Chung said the new format is a good challenge and is great for the women’s game in the country.
“I’m really excited for tomorrow,” Chunga said. “It’s a whole new experience playing in the last group with the men and it’s a great opportunity to set my standards higher.
“It’s different playing with the women as I play with the same few people every time whereas playing with the men will open up a whole new side of the game that I’ve never experienced before which I really like.”
Chung ran away with the North Island Women’s Strokeplay in September where she won the tournament by a whopping 10 shots to add yet another national title to her growing resume.
A Jennian Homes Charles Tour title could be the next trophy heading to Chung’s trophy cabinet.
“I’m going to deal with tomorrow the same how I’ve dealt with the first three days today,” Chung said resolutely.
“I’m going to go through the same processes in great detail, be level-headed, and do what I know works.
“If the results come, I will welcome them with open arms, but if not, it will be a great experience to learn from.”
Chung starts the final day on 12-under, two shots behind leader Chisnall on 14-under and tied with Toomey and Hydes.
A victory here will set Chung apart from the rest but will also solidify the new Jennian Homes Charles Tour format.