The Tasman women's golf team travels to Dunedin on Sunday to compete in the annual Toro New Zealand Women's Interprovincial tournament, which starts on Tuesday at the St Clair club.
An eight-person Tasman side finished a creditable second of five teams in the South Island interprovincial at the same course last month and next week the smaller six-person group will look to improve on their 2011 placing of 14th. Rarangi duo Andrea Corbett and Clare Kydd, plus Greenacres player Katrina Manaena, are unavailable this year, but manager Margaret Tapp is optimistic.
Marlborough club player Emily Stenhouse is the most experienced team member with four interprovincials under her belt and, in the No 1 spot, will play some of the country's best golfers. Consistent Nelson club member Leslie Baxter, who has played in two previous interprovincials, is at No 2.
Tasman's reserve player for the last two years, Motueka's Emily Greenhough, is capable of producing a few upsets at No 3, while Rarangi's Tracy Bary and Karamea's Jean Gibson round out the bottom of the card and are playing in their first interprovincial. Totoradale's Adrianne Wislang is the travelling reserve, with Marlborough professional Jonti Phillipson the captain.
The team has a tough draw. Tasman play Northland on Tuesday morning, followed by North Harbour in the afternoon. On Wednesday, they face Bay of Plenty and Wellington, before finishing with matches against Southland and Manawatu/Whanganui. Semifinals and placing playoffs are scheduled for Saturday.
Tapp said Tasman were targeting matches against Northland, Manawatu-Whanganui and Southland in their bid to improve on their 2011 placing.
- The Marlborough Express