Auckland No 4 Brittney Dryland follows her tee shot on the 145m par 3 13th during the New Zealand women's interprovincial championships at the St Clair course in Dunedin on Saturday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Auckland successfully defended its New Zealand
interprovincial title by beating Wellington 3 to 2 in a tight
tussle on the St Clair course on Saturday.
The win gave Auckland three of the last four titles, clearly
showing it is the dominant force in women's golf.
It was a red-letter day for Auckland No 4 Brittney Dryland,
who emerged unbeaten with eight wins, won the final hole to
clinch her team's win, and holed in one on the difficult par
Dryland, Lucy Davis (Wellington) and Jess Guenzerodt
(Canterbury) all had the maximum number of wins before the
However, there was no surprise when Dryland was awarded the
player of the tournament trophy at the event's prizegiving.
In the final, Auckland got off to a flier and after three
holes was up in four games, while Munchin Keh (Auckland) and
Te Rongapai Clay (Wellington) were all square.
Three holes later, the margin was reduced to 4-1 and at the
turn, Auckland held a slender 3 to 2 lead.
Four of the Wellington players won the par 5 10th to put
their team in front but their run came to an end on what was
an unlucky 13th hole.
With a head wind and the pin on the back plateau, Dryland had
selected a five iron but clubbed up to a four after the
intervention of team manager Kaye Carroll.
She played the perfect shot, which rocked Wellington's Lucy
Davis but she recovered to square the match with a birdie 3
on the 15th.
Joanna Kim, the Auckland No 3, won handsomely with four holes
to spare, while Wellington's Julianne Alvarez dominated the
battle of the No 1s.
The remaining three matches were square with three holes to
play but Dryland made the difference, winning the final hole
with a par.
The morning semifinals were not as tense. Auckland beat Bay
of Plenty by 3 to 2, while Wellington downed Waikato by the
Despite the close team margins, the three winning games in
each encounter were never in doubt.
In the playoff for ninth and 10th, home side Otago finished
in a tie with Southland.
The final placing was decided on a count back of section
points and games, giving Southland the edge by a single game.
For Otago, Laura Hoskin (No 1) showed she can match it with
the best in the country, emerging with five wins from seven
Jo Hicks-Beach (No 2) had four wins and a half, while Susan
Greig (No 5) had an impressive six wins, many by large
3. Bay of Plenty
8. North Harbour
11. Hawkes Bay