Otago looking down the barrel

Otago showed plenty of fight but could not quite produce enough to get a win on the opening day of the New Zealand women’s interprovincial at the Timaru club yesterday.

Back-to-back losses to Waikato (4-1) and Tasman (3-2) mean the rest of the week could be an uphill battle.

One of the gutsiest Otago performances yesterday came from Yoonae Jeong, stepping up to No 1 in the temporary absence of Sumin Kang.

Jeong, making her second appearance at this level at the age of 13, squared her match with Waikato No 1 Jill Morgan.

The other Otago player to score half a point in the morning round was No 3 Abby Crawford, who was all square after 18 holes with Sian Stevenson.

Kathryn Baker (3 and 1), Becs Calder (3 and 2) and Tracey Storer (6 and 5) had losses.

Calder, the reserve playing on opening day as Kang completed school exams, was the Otago hero of the afternoon session.

She was 2-down with three holes to play and won the lot to beat Lee Willetts 1-up.

Crawford recovered from losing the first two holes to post Otago’s other win against Tasman.

She won the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th holes to beat Tracey Bary 2 and 1.

Jeong again acquitted herself well in a 3 and 2 loss, while Baker (2 and 1) and Storer (7 and 6) also fell.

Otago plays Wellington and Taranaki today.

 - Hayden Meikle


Women’s interprovincial

The scores

Morning: Waikato beat Otago 4-1, Canterbury beat Taranaki 4-1, Wellington beat Tasman 4-1, Bay of Plenty beat Aorangi 3-2.
Afternoon: Tasman beat Otago 3-2, Manawatu-Whanganui beat Waikato 3-2, Canterbury beat Aorangi 3-2, Northland beat Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay 4-1, Bay of Plenty beat Wellington 4-1.


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