Otago selection panel convener Dianne Gillett named a
predictable team of five to compete in the women's
interprovincial tournament at St Clair next month.
When Rebecca Tsai and former Southland No1 Lisa Henderson
were unavailable, the team almost picked itself after recent
The team shows where the playing strength is, with four from
Central Otago, including three from the Arrowtown Club.
The top two are Laura Hoskin and Jo Hicks-Beach but the
surprise was that Susan Greig, at No5, was not placed higher.
Greig will be a formidable opponent on her home course.
The team will be coached by Otago Golf Club professional
A depleted Otago women's team was no match for Southland
yesterday, losing the annual Salisbury Cup event 11-5 over
two rounds on the St Clair course.
Otago finished second to Canterbury at St Clair in the South
Island teams' event last month but yesterday was without the
services of Hicks-Beach and Tsai, who each had four wins at
No2 and No3 respectively last month.
Hicks-Beach had work commitments and Tsai is competing in
women's tournaments in the United States.
No1 Hoskin was the only unbeaten Otago player in yesterday's
contest, although she was held to a half by Southland No2
Angela Gerkin in the fog-plagued morning rounds.
In the afternoon, Hoskin showed her class, downing Southland
No1 Robyn Pullar by an impressive 5 and 3 margin.
Other winners for Otago were No6 Tracey Storer and No8 Lynda
Rendall in the morning, while No4 Greig joined Hoskin in the
winner's circle in the afternoon.
Sally Shaw (No8) pitched in with a half with Southland
counterpart Helen Baird in the final round.
For national interprovincial
Laura Hoskin, Jo Hicks Beach (both Arrowtown), Liz McRae
(Wanaka), Dale Dagg (Arrowtown), Susan Greig (St Clair).
Reserve: Tracey Storer (Belleknowes).