Susan Greig and her husband and caddy Danny are all smiles
after her resounding 10 and 8 win over Aorangi's Heather
Oldfield in the first round of the Interprovincial
championships at St Clair yesterday. Photo by Linda
Susan Greig, the Otago No 5, created history in the first
round of the women's interprovincial tournament yesterday, by
winning her opening match by the maximum 10 and 8 margin.
Greig (39) was the first to tee off in the event at 7.30am
but her match was more like a stroll in the park than a tough
competitive golf match, and was over by 9.11am.
It was more like a 9/11 blitz for her unfortunate opponent,
Heather Oldfield from Aorangi, having lost 10 holes on the
Tournament director Phil Aickin could not recall any match in
any event he has run being over so soon.
Posting 10 consecutive wins is a rare feat and Greig achieved
it with early birdies on the third and fourth holes to take
She continued her good form in the afternoon, with a 6 and 5
win over Lucy Owen, fromHawkes Bay.
Greig is the head teacher at Abbotsford Kindergarten and has
been spending all of her spare time on the practice fairway
and greens during the last four weeks.
In particular, she has honed her short game which has already
paid dividends on the scoreboard.
''When I heard we were playing off the white tees, I spent a
lot of time playing that course, which was quite different
from the usual yellow tees,'' Greig said.
Greig has won the Otago championships at Balmacewen on two
occasions, first as Susan Wilson in 1996 and more recently in
2008, after her marriage to Danny Greig.
She was always going to be a formidable opponent on her home
course at No 5 as she has played at No 1 for Otago in this
tournament on four previous occasions.