Julianne Alvarez impressive at interprovincials
Julianne Alvarez didn't flinch as favourites Wellington were given a first-up scare on the opening day of the women's interprovincial championships in Dunedin yesterday.
Wellington and Canterbury were the only teams to chalk up two wins on the opening day of the national teams event at St Clair Golf Club.
Alvarez won her two matches in emphatic fashion.
The capital's top player beat Manawatu-Wanganui's Emma Clayton 5 and 4 in the morning, then went four under the card in destroying Northland's Sjnanna Bonnington 8 and 6.
With No 2 Te Rongopai Clay and experienced No 4 Lucy Davis also winning both their matches, Wellington's big three are in form heading into today's match against Tasman.
However, Wellington didn't have things all their own way during their 3-2 morning win over Manawatu/Wanganui.
Barbara Parreno lost 2 and 1 to Brydie Hodge and Alanah Braybrook was well beaten 6 and 5 by Kelly Nicholas.
With Davis one down against Stephanie Hyatt with four holes to play, a boilover was on the cards.
But the Wellington No 4 rallied and turned her match around to win 1 up and Alvarez and Clay finished the job.
"I knew that I was under pressure and that my match would have a big say in whether we won or not," 22-year-old Manor Park player Davis said. "But I stuck to my processes and even when I was four down I thought I would come back.
"My putting was really solid throughout the match and in those last four holes it was clutch. We knew that they wouldn't be easy to beat but it was good to get the win."
Davis impressed again in the afternoon with a 6 and 5 win over Jo Taylor during Wellington's 4-1 win over Northland, while Braybrook recovered from her first up loss to beat Jodi McAlister 2 and 1.
That left Parreno as the only player still looking for her first win after being beaten 1 up by Northland's Kylie Jacoby.
Canterbury notched wins over Hawke's Bay and Taranaki with Sylvie Williams unbeaten at the top of the order.
Defending champions Auckland and last year's beaten finalists North Harbour both made strong statements after sitting out the morning round with a bye.
Auckland beat Aorangi 4
/2 though No 1 player Wenyung Keh could only manage all square against Catherine Bell.
Likewise North Harbour No 1 Kristin Farrell didn't fire during her team's 4-1 win over Tasman. Farrell lost 3 and 2 to opposite Emily Stenhouse, but North Harbour's combined form suggests those writing them off before the tournament could be off the mark.
The two other unbeaten teams, Waikato and Bay of Plenty, both had afternoon byes after posting 3-2 first up wins over Taranaki and Southland respectively.
Bay of Plenty were tested by Southland with No 1 Zoe Brake beaten 2 and 1 by Robyn Pullar and Grace Senior losing on the last hole to Angela Gerken.
The Dominion Post