Auckland Women off to great start

Auckland off to perfect start at New Zealand Women’s Interprovincials

Tournament favourites Auckland have recorded two decisive wins to begin their campaign for a fourth straight New Zealand Women’s Interprovincial title at Maraenui Golf Club.

Stormy weather didn’t deter the Auckland outfit from another incredible day of golf where they had to run for shelter as the Hawkes Bay finally got hit with the same bad weather the rest of the country has been hit by this afternoon.

The ladies from the city of sails didn’t drop a single game against Otago and Taranaki, beating them both 5-0 on day one of the tournament.

Stand out performances came from number five Grace Jung who managed two 8&7 victories, and number four Angela Ju who opened with a 7&6 victory followed by another 9&8.

The three-time defending champions who are searching for their 26th win in the tournament’s history are set to play Hawkes Bay Poverty Bay tomorrow morning, before having a bye tomorrow afternoon.

North Harbour are also off to the start they’re looking for, also recording two wins on the opening day’s play.

They’ve beaten Northland 5-0 in the morning in a match that didn’t reflect the overall result with a couple of matches going their late in the back nine. They also dispatched of Waikato 3.5-1.5 in the afternoon, after the Waikato outfit came off a bye in the morning round.

Manawatu/Wanganui have shown they’re a team to be wary off come the latter stages of the week.

They’ve beaten Wellington 5-0 and Hawkes Bay Poverty Bay 4-1 to tee off their interprovincial campaign. Manawatu/Wanganui number one Tara Raj recorded a notable win over the in form Darae Chung 2&1, and beat Tessa McDonald 4&2 this afternoon.

Manawatu/Wanganui last got their name on the trophy in 1960.

Bay of Plenty have also recorded an important win in their opening round over Canterbury 3.5-1.5 before having a bye this afternoon.

They face Tasman tomorrow morning.

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Auckland 5 v Otago 0 Vivian Lu def Sumin Kang 5/4, Fiona Xu def Danielle Bailey 5/4, Carmen Lim def Tracey Storer 7/6, Angela Ju def Susan Greig 7/6, Grace Jung def Amy Johns 8/7

Auckland 5 v Taranaki 0 Vivian Lu def Tineka Kumeroa 7/6, Fiona Xu def Joanne McDonald 5/4, Carmen Lim def Debbie McCallum 4/2, Angela Ju def Kim Lucas 9/8, Grace Jung def Kay-Maree Mihaljevich 8/7

Carmen Lim

Posted: Wednesday 4 December 2019