Keegan to fore as Taranaki have third win

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 15/12/2012

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Rochelle Keegan's rich vein of form helped Taranaki to their third win of the week at the national women's interprovincial golf tournament at the St Clair course in Dunedin yesterday.

The Taranaki No 4 was again in commanding form as she notched up her fifth win from six games to set up a 3-2 win over Hawke's Bay.

The result means Taranaki will now play for seventh against a North Harbour side that started the week as one of the favourites but missed out on the semifinals.

Keegan jumped out to an early lead against Tessa McDonald and led by three at the turn. While she gave one hole back, she held on well to win 2 and 1.

Thirteen-year-old Vanessa Bouvet also continued on her winning way at No 5 with a 3 and 1 win over Lucy Owen. It was Bouvet's fourth win of the week and with a half and a loss, she has impressed in her first interprovincial.

Taranaki's other win came at No 2, with Holly Winter 3-up at the turn on her way to a convincing 4 and 3 win over Jaimie McIvor. It was her second win of the tournament.

Sixteen-year-old Celeste McLean was unlucky to lose her match against Angela Jones. McLean led 1-up teeing off on the 17th, but lost that hole and then dropped the par-five last when her approach took a wicked bounce and found a greenside bunker. Her six was not enough and she lost one down.

Carol Chard, in the hot seat at No 1, battled hard against Kate Chadwick before losing 2 and 1.

"Last year, we finished 12th out of 14 teams," Taranaki selector-manager Trish Stewart said.

"This is a big improvement. Everyone has played well and we're over the moon. I'm absolutely thrilled with the way they've performed. Our objective was to improve on last year and get to No 9; we've done that."

The four semifinalists were decided yesterday with Auckland a clear winner to take the top spot in division one. The Aucklanders were unbeaten, with Waikato and Canterbury both finishing with four wins.

Both teams lost yesterday, with Waikato beaten 4-1 by Auckland and Canterbury going down 3-2 to Otago. Waikato sneaked through with a superior number of individual wins.

It was just as tight in division two, with Wellington and Bay of Plenty both finishing with five wins. Wellington took the top spot after beating Southland 3-2 yesterday.

Bay of Plenty progressed when they upset North Harbour 3 -1 .

Auckland will square off with Bay of Plenty in one semifinal, with Wellington against Waikato in the other.

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