Southland improved their overnight lead at the New Zealand women's masters golf tournament to win by 11 shots, taking the trophy for a record fourth consecutive time.
Leading the charge was Robyn Pullar, who also won the best individual title with 131 points over the four rounds of gross stableford points.
She took the individual trophy off her captain Robyn Boniface, who has held the award for the past four years.
Boniface none-the-less contributed much again to Southland's success with solid rounds over the three-day tournament.
She recently returned from Australia where she was the top qualifier in the Australian Seniors Championship.
Kerry Mariu and Fiona Murray were the third and fourth seeded players in the team, each contributing scores over the four rounds.
Even though locals wished their team onto greatness, there was much empathy for Hawkes Bay/Poverty Bay who again had to accept second place, after a spirited charge yesterday afternoon.
They could not match this in the final round today and finished with 358 points.
Disappointing also was Janie Field's final round of 25 points, which saw the best individual trophy slip through her grasp. Leading into todays round, she was the top placed individual three shots ahead of Pullar, and North Harbour's Vaha Fapiano.
Auckland, who last won the tournament in 2008, finished in third place with 332 points.
- The Southland Times