Greig’s hole in one the only highlight for struggling Otago

Otago lost both matches at the interprovincial championships in Napier yesterday but had the highlight of Susan Greig hitting a hole in one.

Greig hit the ace on the 11th hole at the Maraenui Golf Club. It was the second hole in one in her career, the first one coming when she was 14. Greig, who is in her mid 40s, was playing at No 4 for Otago in the match against Manawatu-Whanganui in the morning.

Otago lost that match 5-0 and then fell to Wellington 4½-½ in the afternoon.

In the morning, Otago No 1 Sumin Kang lost 4 and 3 to Tara Raj as she struggled to recover from a slow start. Otago No 2 Danielle Bailey lost 3 and 2 to Zhui Yi Hu. Bailey was one up at the halfway mark but fell away.

Tracey Storer had a mid round slump and lost 7 and 6 to Brydie Hodge.

Greig’s hole in one on a 147m hole, where she saw the ball go into the hole, was followed by a birdie and she was in a good position. But her opponent, Lisa Herbert, charged home to win the match on the 18th hole.

Otago No 5 Amy Johns could not get going against Lily Griffen and lost 7 and 5.

In the afternoon, Kang lost 6 and 5 to Darae Chung. Kang won the first hole, but that was about as good as it got as Chung took over.

Bailey lost 4 and 3 to Erika Cui, who was always in control.

Storer was right in the match against Alanah Gullery and was only one down at the turn. But Gullery made some birdies coming home to win 2 and 1.

Greig secured the half for Otago at No 4 against Shontalia William in a match that was tight throughout. Greig lost the 16th and 17th holes but parred the last hole to get back to all square.

Johns lost her match to Yewoo Hyun 5 and 4. She was three down at the turn and tried to battle back. She found a few too many trees from the tee to get close.

Otago plays Hawke’s Bay/Poverty Bay this morning in its final pool game.


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