Taranaki suffered two losses on the opening day of the national women's interprovincial golf tournament at the St Clair course in Dunedin yesterday.
Taranaki went down 3-2 to Waikato in the morning round, then lost by the same margin to Canterbury in round two.
No 4 Rochelle Keegan was the shining light for Taranaki with two wins - a 4 and 3 victory over Waikato's Fai Tongdethsri and a convincing 6 and 5 win over Canterbury's Zhantel Weekes.
Vanessa Bouvet and Holly Winter scored Taranaki's other wins - Bouvet with a 4 and 2 win over Waikato's Michelle Archer and Winter with a 2 and 1 win over Canterbury's Elisha Crosbie after being all square at the turn.
It was a turnaround in form for Winter who had been beaten 6 and 5 by Waikato No 2 Sarah Bradley in the morning. Bouvet's form dipped with an afternoon loss - 4 and 2 to Canterbury No 5 Kate Turner.
No 1 Carol Chard lost both her games - 2 and 1 in the morning to Waikato's Hanna Seifert and 3 and 2 to Canterbury's Sylvia Williams, as did No 3 Celeste McLean, who was beaten 6 and 4 by Waikato's Charlotte Willson and then 4 and 2 by Canterbury's Jess Guenzerodt.
Today, Taranaki play hosts Otago before taking on Auckland in the afternoon.
Otago opened with two wins - 4-1 over Aorangi in the morning and 3-2 over Hawke's Bay in round two. Others with the perfect two-from-two record were Canterbury (4-1 over Hawke's Bay and 3-2 over Taranaki) and Wellington (3-2 over Manawatu-Whanganui and 4-1 over Northland).
Auckland, after a first round bye, beat Aorangi 4 - , as did North Harbour with a 4-1 afternoon win over Tasman, while Bay of Plenty opened with a 3-2 win over Southland before sitting out round two.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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