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Teenage amateur wins NZ Open

Aussie teenager Jake Higginbottom carded a closing 67 to become the first amateur to win the New Zealand Open in more than 50 years.

The 19-year-old edged out compatriots Jason Norris and Peter Wilson by a single stroke after making a birdie-three at 17 and a safe two-putt par at the 18th.

And in doing so, he emulates Harry Berwick who was the last amateur to win the title in 1956.

Joint runner-ups Norris and Wilson had closed with rounds of 66 and 68 respectively while third round leader Mark Brown fell away on the final day at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch.

The Kiwi finished fourth after struggling to a 73 to finish three strokes adrift of Higginbottom.

Last month another Aussie amateur, Oliver Goss, won the Western Australian Open.