Auckland will start a warm favourite when 14 teams tee off in
the New Zealand women's interprovincial tournament, which
begins with the first round of matchplay on the St Clair
course this morning.
Munchin Keh (20) will play at No 2 but is probably one of the
best performers in the 70-strong field. She won the New
Zealand championship this year, beating 15-year-old sister
Wenyung Keh by one hole in the final.
This led to Munchin being selected to join Lydia Ko and Emily
Perry to play for New Zealand in the Espirito Santo
tournament in Turkey.
However, the Auckland selectors have opted to play her
younger sister in the tough No 1 position. With Joanna Kim
(17) at No 3, Brittney Dryland (18) at No 4 and Larissa
Eruera (20) at No 5, the team has an average age of 18.
But it will not all be plain sailing for Auckland, as the
team had a disastrous performance in a quadrangular event
against Wellington four months ago.
With foursomes, reverse singles and singles at stake, the
Wellington quartet won 8.5-1.5.
Wellington has a solid line-up and will receive the best of
guidance from former New Zealand representative and
co-captain Renee Fowler.
Waikato will also be in the mix despite the absence of Emily
Perry, who is attending the European qualifying school in
The team will be led by the in-form Hanna Seifert, while No 2
Sarah Bradley brings a wealth of experience to the team as a
former New Zealand representative.
The Bay of Plenty team, led by Zoe Brake, will be out to
emulate its male counterparts, who won at Balmacewen last
Despite the absence of Ko, who is playing in Taiwan, North
Harbour will be no pushover and should feature on finals day.
Canterbury will be the best hope for a South Island
semifinalist after winning the South Island event at St Clair
The Otago quintet is a mixture of youth and experience, with
youngest player Laura Hoskin (17) playing at No 1.
She has already shown she can perform well at this level,
emerging unbeaten in the South Island event.
Jo Hicks-Beach is a solid No 2, while Liz McRae, Dale Dagg
and Susan Greig have a wealth of experience. All three have
played in this event for more than a decade.
Greig, in particular, should be dangerous, playing at No 5 on
her home course, as she has played at No 1 for Otago more
Morning: Otago v Aorangi, Canterbury v Hawkes Bay,
Waikato v Taranaki, Tasman v Northland, Wellington v
Manawatu-Wanganui, Southland v Bay of Plenty.
Afternoon: North Harbour v Tasman, Wellington v
Northland, Southland v Manawatu-Wanganui, Aorangi v Auckland,
Otago v Hawkes Bay, Canterbury v Taranaki.