Hoskin left to fly flag alone for South

Arrowtown's Laura Hoskin is left to fly the southern flag this weekend at the New Zealand amateur championships at the Wairakei course near Taupo.

Hoskin made it through to the final eight after two tough rounds of matchplay yesterday.

She was 25th after the two rounds of strokeplay on Wednesday and Thursday, finishing 10-over-par and sneaking inside the top 32 players.

In the first round of matchplay, yesterday she beat Caryn Khoo, of Auckland, 1-up after leading for most of the clash.

In the afternoon, she defeated Darae Chung, of Wellington, in an up-and-down game in which she managed to pull away at the end to win 3 and 2.

Hoskin, who has returned this year from a golf scholarship in the United States at the University of Mississippi, will play Siyi Keh, of Auckland, in the quarterfinals this morning.

Four male golfers from the South made it into the final 32 but none were left standing yesterday after two rounds of matchplay.

Fraser MacLachlan, of Queenstown, and Inia Logan, of Cromwell, both finished 2-over after the two rounds of qualifying and were 20th-equal on
the leaderboard.

One shot further back were Jack Turner and Sungwoo Han, both from the Queenstown area.

Turner scored an eagle on Thursday to confirm his qualification.

Han, MacLachlan and Turner all lost in the first round of matchplay but Logan won 1-up over Reid Hilton, of Christchurch.

Logan though could not make it through to the next round yesterday afternoon, going down down to Jake Lee who won 1- up.

Defending champion Daniel Hiller, of Wellington, who beat McLachlan yesterday morning, remained in contention, having won the final hole to beat Scott Manyweathers, of Harewood, 1-up yesterday afternoon.

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