Davis shows the way as Wellington into playoff

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 22:00 16/12/2012

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Wellington's Lucy Davis has disproved the old adage that practice makes perfect during her flawless week at the women's interprovincial championship in Dunedin.

Davis' sixth win in as many matches yesterday propelled her team into the semifinals of the national teams event.

Wellington play Waikato while defending champions Auckland square off against Bay of Plenty for a place in the final at St Clair.

With Wellington trying to lift the title for the first time since 1992, Davis has been a picture of consistency and bankable points.

The 22-year-old was a notable absentee last night as her teammates got in a final practice session before today's knockout phase.

"I've been playing solid all year and I haven't been practising much," Davis said after firing her lowest round of the week, a three-under-par 71 to beat Southland's Kerry Mariu 4 and 3.

"I've just played a lot of golf which has meant I haven't thought too technically about my swing and I think that's helped.

"I've just been focused on playing holes and getting used to scoring well . . . It's because I've been working fulltime so I haven't had time to practice. It's just been a round in the weekend."

The other difference for Davis this week has been the presence of a caddie, with team manager Kellie Harrall carrying her bag.

"Because all the girls are so young their parents usually caddie for them," Davis said.

"None of my family really plays golf or have time to caddie for me, so I usually just do it for myself.

"But Kellie's been really good giving me a lot of reads on putts and making sure I stay focused when the pressure is on, keeping me calm. I'll keep her on, I think."

At her ninth interprovincial, Davis has benefited from a tactical drop down the order to No 4 and it was crucial again during the 3-2 round robin win over Southland.

Wellington's fifth win from six matches placed them narrowly ahead of Bay of Plenty at the top of division two.

They meet a Waikato side low on confidence after being heavily beaten 4-1 by the undefeated Aucklanders.

Waikato advanced after Canterbury were upset by Otago 3-2 in a southern derby.

Davis isn't the only Wellington player in form, with No 2 Te Rongopai Clay winning five of her six matches.

Julianne Alvarez has hit a speed bump at No 1 with a second straight loss, to Southland's experienced Robyn Pullar 2 and 1, but No 5 Alanah Braybrook has hit form at the right time.

Only Barbara Parreno has struggled, with six straight losses, but the slate will be wiped clean for the semifinals.

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