Auckland dominate women's interprovincial final
Auckland completed one of the most dominant performances ever seen in the Women's Interprovincial golf tournament at the Muriwai Golf Club today.
The Blue and Whites defeated Bay of Plenty 5-0 - a scoreline that flattered the favourites - as the Bay girls showed plenty of character in the hot and fine conditions.
But there was no doubt that Auckland, who had two players, Wenyung Keh and Brittney Dryland, with perfect winning records, was far and away the most dominant side throughout the week.
The defending champions won the title for the third time in succession and extended their record number of wins in the event to 22 since the team's match-play competition began back in 1950.
They became the first team to win three in a row in 30 years since Bay of Plenty-Thames Valley who completed the feat in 1981-1983.
Auckland finished the week with a perfect winning record of eight from eight matches and an incredible 36.5 points from the 40 points on offer. It is believed to be an unprecedented winning record.
Kaye Carroll, the manager of the Auckland team for the past 10 years, said the performance of her girls was a special effort as they totally outclassed every team they played.
"I had a machine team," Carroll said. "For them to go through and lose only three games for five days is just amazing. It has to be the best record ever in this tournament."
Carroll, who is bowing out as the Auckland manager after a decade of service, said there were a few factors that made her side so dominant.
"Being able to come out here and practise a few times as a team, practise shots in the wind and bunkers and so on was good and we bonded so well.
"This is the most special of all my wins with an Auckland team. This is my swansong. I have been doing this for 10 years and with Auckland winning three in a row, I feel like it is time for some fresh blood in the camp. Going out on this moment feels pretty special. I am rapt."
Auckland No 5 Brittney Dryland, who won the player of the tournament in 2012 at St Clair, got her team on the board early with a 3 and 2 win over the big-hitting Rotana Howard.
It meant that Dryland has finished two Interprovincial tournaments with a perfect winning record.
The match between Auckland No 3 Joanna Kim and her Bay of Plenty counterpart Heather Keefe was a classic. The two halved their opening eight holes before Kim seized the advantage heading into the turn. Kim went on to birdie the par three 17th to win the match 2 and 1 and secure the winning point for her side.
Wenyung Keh, who matched her perfect winning record from the team's win at the Whakatane Golf Club in 2011, was named player of the tournament.