Sylvie Williams on her way to giving Canterbury a 3-2 win
over Waikato in the women's interprovincial tournament at
St Clair yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Two key results, which many pundits described as
''upsets'', have set the scene for some exciting golf in the
final three rounds of the Toro women's interprovincial
tournament which continues with rounds five and six at St Clair
In pool one, Canterbury beat Waikato 3-2, while in pool two,
Manawatu-Wanganui downed Bay of Plenty, winning four of the
This leaves Auckland, Canterbury and Waikato on three points
in pool one with game tallies of 11.5, 11 and 9 respectively.
Despite a 4-1 loss to Auckland in the morning, Canterbury
remains the only South Island team capable of making the
semifinals on Saturday morning.
Canterbury has a bye this morning and will hope to increase
its game total against Aorangi this afternoon and Otago
Auckland and Waikato both meet Hawkes Bay and Otago today and
then square off against each other in the deciding match
In pool two, Wellington and North Harbour lead the way with
three points each but there is plenty of golf left to play
before the two semifinalists are found.
It was 2-all between Canterbury and Waikato with the No 1
players yet to finish and Sylvie Williams (Canterbury) held
the trump card at dormie two up. She won the penultimate hole
to give her team the win.
Although Bay of Plenty was favoured, Manawatu-Wanganui came
out fighting with Emma Clayton (No 1) and Brydie Hodge (No 3)
showing a lot of recent tournament experience to post wins.
The Manawatu-Wanganui tail wagged with Stephanie Hyatt and
the experienced Kelly Nicholas posting wins on the final
green to give the 4 to 1 margin.
Pre-tournament favourite Auckland continued on its winning
way but was pushed by Taranaki, winning by a 3 to 2 margin.
Otago suffered its second loss of the week in the morning
round and had to sit out the bye in the afternoon.
Taranaki won the three tail matches with Susan Greig (No 5)
starting her fight back too late after trailing early.
Her 5 and 4 loss was in sharp contrast to her large wins in
the first two rounds on Tuesday.
Dale Dagg played much better yesterday but was still eaten by
Rochelle Keegan while at No 2, Jo Hicks-Beach won her third
match in as many rounds, beating Holly Winter 4 and 4.
In the battle of the No 1 players, Otago's Laura Hoskin
trailed throughout the front nine but recovered to lead by
one at the turn.
She lost the 11th and 12th holes to go one down but fought
back on the final five holes winning 14, 16 and 17 to beat
Carol Chard 2 and 1.