Auckland Women Underline Interprovincial Golf Credentials

Auckland underlined their favourite status on day two of the national women's interprovincial tournament today.

Seeking a fourth successive title, Auckland whitewashed both opponents at the Riverside Golf Club near Hamilton to climb to the top of Division One. They thumped Southland 5-0 in the morning round and then repeated that rout in the afternoon against Otago.

The team's No 3 Joanna Kim and No 4 Brittney Dryland were impressive for the all-conquering side.

On the other side of the draw, Bay of Plenty look determined to make it a repeat of last year's final.

They last won the event in 2007 but yesterday they continued their perfect winning record from the first two days when they handed hosts Waikato their first loss in a 5-0 romp.

Opotiki's Tyla Kingi beat New Zealand amateur champion Chantelle Cassidy 3 and 1, Alanna Campbell beat Brooke Hamilton 3 and 2 and Grace Senior continued Hana-Rae Seifert's poor tournament to date with a 4 and 3 win.

Last year's semifinalists North Harbour are making a strong return to form with Rica Tse and Sai Ma, both coming back from overseas, featuring at the top of the order.

Wellington and Canterbury also kept their semifinal hopes alive in the afternoon with wins over Tasman (4-1) and Aorangi-South Canterbury (3-2) respectively.

Canterbury manager Rachel Thow was pleased with her side's show of character.

"We had a tough loss yesterday to Manawatu-Wanganui so the girls came out fighting today," Thow said.

Manawatu-Wanganui remained in contention to make the semifinals even though they suffered their first loss of the tournament in the morning to Waikato. The top two teams from each division will contest the semifinals on Saturday morning, with the final on Saturday afternoon.


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