Otago to play off for seventh after half

Danielle Bailey
Danielle Bailey
Auckland will play Bay of Plenty while Canterbury will meet North Harbour in the semifinals of this year’s women’s national interprovincial at the Sherwood Park course in Whangarei this morning.

Otago put up a spirited display against an experienced Waikato quintet getting a valuable half which gave the team two wins and a half for the week.

Otago finished fourth in its division and will play off for seventh and eighth against Wellington this morning.

Otago No5 Sumin Kang trailed Katherine Jamphanich early but fought hard getting back to square at the turn.

Kang (12) finished strongly to win the 15th and 16th holes and the match when the pair halved the 17th.

No4 Abigael Crawford was also down early and still remained one behind at the turn.

She had a purple patch at the right time winning 10, 11 and 12 to lead by two and parred home winning with two holes to spare.

Susan Greig traded birdies with Waikato No3 Zeta Syme in a close tussle but lost the ninth hole to go one down at the turn.

She lost 14 and 15 to be dormie three down but had a slight reprieve winning the 16 before halving the next hole to lose the match.

Annabel Evans started well and turned one ahead of Fai Tongdethsri  but she encountered putting woes on the homeward nine.

In sharp contrast, Tongdetsri’s putter ran hot taking full advantage of the opportunity to get back to square, take the lead and win on the 16th green.

With two wins each, the final result depended on the outcomes between the Otago No1 Danielle Bailey and Hitomi Tamura.

The players were square at the turn when Tamura went three ahead with two birdies and a par.

Trailing by three with four holes to play was a tall order but Bailey performed a Houdini act winning the 15th, 17th and 18th holes to halve her match and the contest.

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