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Otago is on target for a creditable placing after beating Tasman by 3 to 2 in the sixth round of the Toro women's interprovincial on the Sherwood Park course in Whangarei yesterday afternoon.
The young Otago quintet had a bye in the morning and came out firing in the afternoon with all five players ahead at the turn.
Otago will play a strong Waikato team this morning in the final section match before the playoffs tomorrow and is likely to get a top-10 finish.
Meanwhile, Auckland and Canterbury look like tournament winners, posting wins with some impressive margins, while Northland and Waikato have an outside chance of making the final.
Otago No1 Danielle Bailey came up against the experienced Emily Stenhouse and played well on the front nine.
Bailey got into the match with a birdie, par and par to be one behind playing the final hole.
Both golfers parred the final hole, giving Stenhouse the win by a narrow margin.
At No2, Annabel Evans turned one ahead of Lizzie Neale but the match was back to square with four holes to play.
Neale won two of the next three holes, giving Tasman its second win in the match which finished on the penultimate green.
But the rest of the matches went Otago's way. No3 Susan Greig, playing her 101st game for Otago, turned three ahead of Michaele Reardon and she did not let go, winning 3 and 1.
Abigael Crawford always had the measure of Sue Murray, turning two up in a match during which she was never behind.
Crawford turned two up and parred in on the final nine to win on the 17th green.
Otago No5 Sumin Kang got off to a good start, winning 1, 4 and 7 but lost the second hole to turn two ahead of Natalee Reed.
On the homeward nine, Kang won 11 and 16 to post a convincing 3 and 2 win which ensured the Otago team won its second game.