Laura Hoskin, the Otago women's No 1, is looking forward
to playing in her fourth interprovincial tournament when she
tees off in the first round at St Clair on Tuesday.
Hoskin (17) made her debut at No 5 four years ago, as a year
9 pupil at St Hilda's Collegiate School and she played at No
4 the following year.
Last year, she was promoted to the No 1 position and has
retained that position this year.
Already, she has shown she can compete with the best, beating
former professional Catherine Knight in last year's
In the recent South Island interprovincial tournament she
emerged unbeaten with wins over Robyn Pullar (Southland) and
Catherine Bell (Aorangi), while she halved with Emily
Stenhouse (Tasman) and Sylvia Williams (Canterbury).
Hoskin is dedicated to the game and can be seen on the
Balmacewen practice fairway every day after school.
''I sat down and worked out that I have been up to Balmacewen
at least 800 times during my time at St Hilda's,'' she said.
But this will come to an end next year as Otago's top
prospect is moving back to Arrowtown and will undertake year
13 studies by correspondence.
''This will mean that I will be closer to John Griffin, my
coach, and will allow me to play a lot of the testing courses
Although this tournament will be valuable experience for the
talented youngster, she has plenty to look forward to in the
Hoskin has been selected along with three other players to
compete in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney in