Otago No 1 Laura Hoskin plays from a greenside bunker on
the 11th hole during her 4 and 3 win over Canterbury's
Sylvie Williams in the seventh round of the New Zealand
women's interprovincial golf championships at St Clair
yesterday morning. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Bay of Plenty will be out to emulate its winning men's
team when the women play Auckland in a national interprovincial
Wellington will meet Waikato in the other semifinal on the St
Auckland won all six games to finish top of pool one with six
points and 22.5 games while Wellington, with five points and
19 games, topped pool two.
Auckland downed Waikato 4-1 yesterday morning in what looked
like being a quarterfinal until Otago intervened.
Otago beat Canterbury 3-2, costing the red-and-blacks any
chance of making the semifinals and making the
Auckland-Waikato match of little consequence.
The logjam in pool two was broken early when Wellington
grabbed top spot by beating Southland with a game to spare.
This left a head-to-head battle between the Bay team and
North Harbour to decide the fourth semifinalist and Bay won
Otago No 1 Laura Hoskin led the way in style in the upset win
over Canterbury and was in front for most of the round.
Hoskin did not let Canterbury's Sylvie Williams back into the
game on the back nine eventually winning with three holes to
Susan Greig continued her winning streak, easily beating
Canterbury reserve Fiona Gebbie, who came in to play at No 5.
Greig also led throughout the match and won the par-3 16th
hole to finish the match.
With Liz McRae (No 3) and Dale Dagg (No 4) trailing
throughout, the team results came down to the battle between
the No 2 players.
Jo Hicks-Beach was square with Elisha Crosbie for most of the
front nine but drew ahead on the homeward run.
Hicks-Beach led by two with three to play and went dormie
2-up when the pair halved the short 16th hole.
A determined Hicks-Beach left nothing to chance, winning the
penultimate hole to win 3 and 1, giving Otago its third game.
The win not only shut Canterbury out of the semis, but it
also elevated Otago to two points and 14 games.
This placed Otago fifth in pool one and it will now play off
with Southland this morning to decide the ninth and 10th
Inspired by yesterday's win over Canterbury, Otago will be
out to avenge the recent Salisbury Cup loss to Southland.
7.30am: Auckland v Bay of Plenty (semifinal).
8.05am: Waikato v Wellington (semifinal).
8.40am: Canterbury v Manawatu-Wanganui
9.15am: Taranaki v North Harbour
9.50am: Otago v Southland (ninth-10th).
10.25am: Hawkes Bay v Northland (11th-12th).
11am: Aorangi v Southland (13th-14th).