In-form Southland women secure second win

The Southland women's golf team had their second win of this week's Toro Interprovincial yesterday, and did so in commanding fashion, beating Tasman 5-nil at St Clair Golf Club in Dunedin.

Every one of Southland's five players was in form, each posting comfortable wins and scoring low.

Robyn Pullar and Angela Gerken both won their games 4/3, Olivia Frost won 2up, Kerry Mariu won 5/3 and Bronwyn O'Brien won 3/2.

Southland manager Robyn Boniface said the team would take confidence from the win as they went into their match against tournament heavyweights Wellington today.

"They all just played really well and all scored really low, which is the pleasing bit about it," she said.

"They knew it was a game that they had to win and made it their mission to go out and do it.

"The course is getting harder and faster now, too, so it has been a really, really good result.

"Wellington will be tough, though, and we'll have to be sharp to compete with them."

Boniface said winning all five games could prove crucial, because after today's contests playoff positions will be determined and it could come down to a countback of games.

Southland had the bye yesterday afternoon and will play Wellington in their only game today.

Auckland are the only unbeaten team heading into the final round.

While they look assured to progress to semifinals, Waikato and Canterbury will fight for the remaining place in division one.

In division two Wellington and North Harbour are top of the group, with four wins from five matches, but Bay of Plenty and Manawatu-Wanganui still have a semifinal chance.

It has been an unpredictable interprovincial and it is anyone's guess who the final four will be.

RESULTS Round five: Taranaki 3 – Aorangi 2, North Harbour 4 – Northland 1, Auckland 3 – Otago 2, Southland 5 – Tasman 0, BOP 3 – Wellington 2, Waikato 4 – Hawke's Bay 1. Round six: Man-Wang 4 – Tasman 1, Auckland 4½ - Hawke's Bay ½, Wellington 3½ - Northland 1½, Canterbury 3 – Aorangi 2, Waikato 5 – Otago 0, North Harbour 4 – BOP 1.

The Southland Times