Liam Hewitt has broken a long-standing drought to become the first Southlander in 40 years to win the New Zealand Age Group Championship.

The win didn’t come without drama as Hewitt had to go into a playoff with Wellington’s Jayden Ford at the end of regular tournament play at Cromwell Golf Club. The two couldn’t be separated at six-under for the event.

A par on the second playoff hole was good enough for Hewitt to win the New Zealand Age Groups; the biggest win of his young career.

“This means the world to me. It’s definitely my biggest achievement so far and I’m over the moon my name is on this trophy. Getting it done in a playoff isn’t easy on the nerves, but I thought I handled everything pretty well today.

“Looking at the trophy, it looks like 1978 was the last Southlander to get their hands on this trophy. I’d like to think I’ve done Southland Golf proud and hopefully have inspired a few kids to get into the game,” says Hewitt.

He shot rounds of 74, 66, and 70.