Otago outclassed in opener

The Otago women’s side had a disappointing start to the national interprovincial championships in Napier yesterday.

It was always going to be tough against three-time defending champion Auckland, which has a team of talented young players with an average age of 15.

At the top of the order, Vivian Lu beat Sumin Kang 5 and 4, Fiona Xu defeated Danielle Bailey by the same score, Carmen Lim downed Tracey Storer 7 and 6 as did Angela Ju over Susan Greig, and Grace Jung walloped Amy Johns 8 and 7 for a 5-0 scoreline.

The side had the bye in the afternoon.

Kang had three bogeys in the front nine and could not come back as her putts lipped out.

Xu made four birdies against Bailey in the front nine and, although she battled back in the back nine, Bailey could not get close.

Lim played steady golf against Storer and was always in control. Greig had a tough start with Ju scoring birdies on the three par-5s on the front nine.

Johns also found it tough while Jung found birdies early on to get off to a flyer. Some bogeys at the turn cost Johns.

The team will take on Taranaki this morning and Aorangi in the afternoon.

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