Tough quest for women

WAYNE MARTIN
Last updated 14:09 07/12/2012

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The Tasman ladies golf team travel 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 out 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 and Greenacres player Katrina Manaena are all unavailable this year, but manager Margaret Tapp remained optimistic about her side's prospects.

Marlborough club player Emily Stenhouse is the most experienced member of the team with four interprovincials under her belt and, in the No 1 spot, will play some of the country's best female golfers. Consistent Nelson club member Leslie Baxter, who has played in two previous interprovincials for Tasman, is at No 2.

Tasman's reserve player for the past 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 non-playing captain.

The team will play six games in three days and have been dealt a tough draw. They play Northland first up on Tuesday morning, followed by North Harbour in the afternoon.

On Wednesday, they face Bay of Plenty and Wellington, before finishing their tournament with matches against Southland and Manawatu-Whanganui on Thursday. Semifinals and placing playoffs are scheduled for Saturday, the final day of the event.

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