Auckland showed why they are favourites at the 2012 Toro
Women's Interprovincial on day two of the championship at the
St Clair Golf Club in Dunedin today, but not before a nervous
The most successful team in the event that dates back to 1949
(with 20 wins) dismissed Canterbury easily this morning by
4-1 before a scare this afternoon.
They looked to be in cruise control for their third win from
as many matches this afternoon but were made to fight by a
dogged Taranaki team.
Auckland No 2 Munchin Keh, who won the New Zealand amateur
championship in April, was one down to Taranaki's Holly
Winter heading down the last.
But the Titirangi golfer rallied and made a 10 foot putt for
birdie to win the hole and secure the half which enabled the
defending champions to win 3-2.
Auckland, who has won 11.5 of a possible 15 individual
points, is top of Division One ahead as the only team with a
perfect winning record in the group and has already had its
Meanwhile, in division two Wellington has continued its
momentum with a 4-1 demolition of Tasman this afternoon in
the balmy conditions.
Wellington, who has not won the event since 1992, looks on
course to meet Auckland in the final on Saturday afternoon.
North Harbour, who are playing without world No 1 Lydia Ko,
has continued to win well and alongside Wellington are the
only unbeaten teams from Division Two.
The 2011 champions have quality throughout their team in New
Zealand Amateur finalists the Keh sisters and Larissa Eruera
who won the New Zealand amateur in 2006 as a 14-year-old.
The Auckland captain has gone unbeaten this week at No 5 and
was pleased with her team's form as they play under the
pressure of the favourite's tag.
"It is always tough to be favourites as well as defending
champions because everyone wants your scalp," said the
20-year-old from the Akarana Golf Club.
"So you have to take every match seriously - especially
around this course. It is short and there is a lot of par
fives so there is the chance to score well. We have to focus
on what we are doing."
Waikato continued its momentum this morning with a 4-1 win
this morning over Aorangi but they lost their way this
afternoon in a crucial match with Canterbury for their
Canterbury rallied well in their must-win match with Sylvie
Williams, Jess Guezenrodt and reserve Fiona Gebbie getting
them over the line.
There is a long way to go but that result may mean that
Waikato, if Canterbury goes through undefeated from here on,
will have to beat Auckland on Friday afternoon to advance to
On the other side, Bay of Plenty suffered a blow to their
title hopes when they were well beaten 4 - 1 by a jubilant
Manawatu No.5 Kelly Nicholas was five down with six to play
and came back to beat her Bay rival Alanna Campbell 1up.
Their No.4 Stephanie Hyatt also enjoyed a remarkable
turnaround. She was three down with nine holes to play and
also won 1up.
There is a long way to go in the national team's championship
and while Auckland and Wellington have shown their quality
early they will be wary of being upset again tomorrow.
It was a near thing today for Auckland and they will look to
make sure hosts Otago doesn't claim their scalp tomorrow
while Wellington will feature in one of the matches of the
day against Bay of Plenty.
Toro Women's Interprovincial Round Three and Four Scores - St
Clair Golf Club, Dunedin
Round Three Scores:
Waikato 4 Aorangi 1
Hanna Seifert bt Catherine Bell 1up, Sarah Bradley lost to
Catherine Knight 1down, Charlotte Willson bt Ginny Bolderston
2/1, Fai Tongdethsri bt Nicole Nathan 5/4, Michelle Archer bt
Heather Oldfield 5/3
Auckland 4 Canterbury 1
Wenyung Keh bt Sylvie Williams 4/3, Munchin Keh bt Elisha
Crosbie 5/3, Joanna Kim lost to Jess Guenzerodt 3/1, Brittney
Dryland bt Kate Turner 3/1, Larissa Eruera bt Fiona Gebbie
Taranaki 3 Otago 2
Carol Chard lost to Laura Hoskin 2/1, Holly Winter lost to Jo
Hicks- Beach 4/3, Celeste McLean bt Liz McRae 5/4, Rochelle
Keegan bt Dale Dagg 3/2, Vanessa Bouvet bt Susan Greig 5/4
Bay of Plenty 4 Tasman 1
Zoe Brake bt Emily Stenhouse 3/2, Grace Senior bt Lesley
Baxter 5/4, Tyla Kingi bt Emily Greenhough 2up, Susan Lines
lost to Tracy Bary 3/1, Alanna Campbell bt Adrianne Wislang
North Harbour 3 Manawatu / Wanganui 2
Kristen Farrell bt Emma Clayton 2up, Lita Guo bt Amber-Rose
Thompson-Newth 2/1, Sai Ma bt Brydie Hodge 3/1, Julitta Lam
lost to Stephanie Hyatt 4/3, Jessica Murray lost to Kelly
Southland 4 Northland 1
Robyn Pullar bt Sjanna Bonnigton 4/3, Angela Gerken lost to
Kylie Jacoby 5/4, Olivia Frost bt Jo Taylor 5/4, Kerry Mariu
bt Jodi McCalister 3/2, Bronwyn O'Brien bt Brooke Kingi 3/1
Wellington 4 Tasman 1
Julianne Alvarez bt Emily Stenhouse 7/6, Te Rongopai Clay bt
Lesley Baxter 7/5, Barbara Parreno lost to Emily Greenhough
2down, Lucy Davis bt Tracy Bary 6/4, Alanah Braybrook bt Jean
Manawatu / Wanganui 4 Bay of Plenty 1
Emma Clayton bt Zoe Brake 1up, Amber Rose Thompson-Newth lost
to Grace Senior 6/5, Brydie Hodge bt Tyla Kingi 4/3,
Stephanie Hyatt bt Susan Lines 1up, Kelly Nicholas bt Alanna
North Harbour 3 1/2 Southland 1 1/2
Kristen Farrell bt Robyn Pullar 2/1, Lita Guo bt Angela
Gerken 6/5, Sai Ma halved with Olivia Frost, Julitta Lam lost
to Kerry Mariu 3/2, Jessica Murray bt Bronwyn O'Brien 4/2
Hawkes Bay 4 Aorangi 1
Kate Chadwick bt Catherine Bell 2/1, Jaimie McIvor lost to
Catherine Knight 6/4, Anglea Jones bt Ginny Bolderston 4/3,
Tessa McDonald bt Nicole Nathan 2/1, Lucy Owen bt Heather
Canterbury 3 Waikato 2
Sylvie Williams bt Hanna Seifert 3/1, Elisha Crosbie lost to
Sarah Bradley 4/2, Jess Guenzerodt bt Charlotte Willson 4/3,
Kate Turner lost to Fai Tongdethsri 4/3, Fiona Gebbie bt
Michelle Archer 5/4
Auckland 3 Taranaki 2
Wenyung Keh bt Carol Chard 7/6, Munchin Keh halved with Holly
Winter, Joanna Kim lost to Celeste McLean 1down, Brittney
Dryland bt Rochelle Keegan 3/2, Larissa Eruera halved with
Division One - Team Standings
Team wins, Individual wins, Team (* had the bye)
3.0 11.5 Auckland*
3.0 11.0 Canterbury
2.0 9.0 Waikato*
2.0 8.0 Hawkes Bay*
1.0 9.0 Taranaki
1.0 8.0 Otago*
0.0 3.5 Aorangi
Division Two - Team Standings
Team wins, Individual wins Team (* had the bye)
3.0 11.0 Wellington*
3.0 10.5 North Harbour*
2.0 12.5 Manawatu / Wanganui*
2.0 8.0 Bay of Plenty
1.0 8.0 Southland
1.0 6.0 Northland
0.0 4.0 Tasman