The Southland women's golf team will go into this week's national interprovincial tournament with good form and experience on its side, despite a tough draw.
The team is Robyn Pullar, Angela Gerken, Kerry Mariu, Anne Osment and Olivia Frost, with Helen Baird as reserve, and manager Robyn Boniface says they have prepared well.
"It is a tough draw so you have to be ready to play from the first hole on the first day," she said.
"They have had a great buildup with the South Island Interprovincial, the Stead Cup then the Champion of Champions. There has been a lot of competitive golf played, which has been great."
The national tournament is being played at Muriwai Golf Course; an exposed links course that is sure to present plenty of challenges.
Southland has secured two practice rounds, which Boniface is confident will benefit the team.
"It's important to get away to a good start, so those two practice rounds will certainly help us. The motto really will be to go in relaxed, enjoy it and let it happen," she said.
Southland finished second in the South Island Interprovincial recently, but will face several strong North Island teams in their section of round-robin play.
"The teams change year to year, so you never really know what you're up against," Boniface said.
The tournament tees off today.
Robyn Pullar, Angela Gerken, Kerry Mariu, Anne Osment, Olivia Frost. Reserve: Helen Baird. Manager: Robyn Boniface.
Round 1: Canterbury
Round 2: Northland
Round 3: Auckland
Round 4: Waikato
Round 5: Bye
Round 6: Aorangi
Round 7: North Harbour
- The Southland Times