Keen for proud masters to continue

Southland will be playing for a four-peat when the New Zealand Women's Masters tournament gets under way at the Invercargill Golf Club today.

While the personnel has changed over the years, the current lineup of Robyn Boniface, Kerry Mariu, Fiona Murray and Robyn Pullar will be looking forward to continuing the province's enviable run in a tournament which was first staged in 1992.

New Zealand Golf spokeswoman Denise Langdon said Southland would not have it all their own way on their home track.

"Hawke's Bay have been the bridesmaid a couple of times and they lost only by one shot last year. You'd have to give them a look in."

Auckland, third last year, had a newlook team but would also be a contender, while North Harbour looked strong on paper and would be hoping to redeem themselves after finishing well down the placings last year, and Taranaki was another team to watch.

Southland No 1 Robyn Boniface has been the leading individual at the tournament for the past four years.

The format is a gross stableford, with the top three scores from each round counting.

Play gets underway with 18 holes today, 36 tomorrow and 18 holes on Sunday.

The Southland Times