He hails from a famous sporting family and now Kiwi rookie Denzel Ieremia is showing that he too has what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
Ieremia was one of only five players to finish the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup under par as Sobu Country Club in Chiba proved to be a more than stern test, continuing his impressive start to his professional career to finish just two shots behind winner Yosuke Asaji in an event co-sanctioned between the Japan Golf Tour and Asian Tour.
After completing a stellar college career at Iowa State University in December, the 23-year-old made his pro debut at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship where he was tied for 14th and followed that with a tie for seventh at the SEC NZ PGA Championship.
His quick transition into the pro ranks continued in Japan where Ieremia tied for fourth, bouncing back after an opening round of 76 with rounds of 68-66-73 to end the week at one-under to earn a cheque for just less than $NZ132,000.
Second cousin to former All Black Alama Ieremia and Silver Fern April Ieremia, Denzel’s development has been closely monitored in New Zealand, his third round of six-under 66 the low round for the week and an indicator of his immense talent.
Kiwi amateur Daniel Hiller also competed in Japan, but missed the cut.