Southland women go to top of leaderboard

Southland will go into day two of the New Zealand Women's Masters golf tournament at the top of the leaderboard, after a good opening round from the southerners in Rotorua yesterday.

Robyn Boniface, Robyn Pullar, Kerry Mariu and Fiona Murray are representing Southland in the national tournament at the Springfield Golf Course this week and, despite what Boniface described as a nervous first round, the team was happy to take a narrow two-point lead into day two of the tournament.

''I think everybody was a bit nervous, but it's always nice to get that first round done,'' Boniface said.

''The greens are exceptionally tricky so everyone is having a bit of trouble there, but then every team is finding it difficult.''

Boniface said conditions had been fine for the opening round and the team was pleased to go into the second round with its nose in front.

Southland has won the national tournament four times in the past six years and a Southlander has won the individual title at the event every year since 2008. Last year Southland finished runner-up.

Two rounds will be played today, with the tournament winners decided tomorrow.

The Southland Times