Taranaki tipped over North Harbour 3-2 to claim seventh at the national women's interprovincial golf tournament, their highest finish for 10 years.
In windy conditions at the St Clair course in Dunedin on Saturday, Taranaki's bottom three players - Celeste McLean, Rochelle Keegan and Vanessa Bouvet - again led the way. Just as they had done all week, the trio laid the platform for Taranaki to pick up their fourth win.
"It's an outstanding result," selector-manager Trish Stewart said afterwards.
"Last year we were 12th, the year before 11th.
"They've had a great tournament; they've all played extremely well."
While reluctant to single anyone out, Stewart said Keegan had been the rock at No 4.
"She scored better towards the end of the week.
"She was very steady and her experience really helped."
Keegan finished with an impressive six-win, one-loss record for the week, finishing on a high with a 4 and 2 win over North Harbour's Julitta Lam.
Bouvet also impressed over the week, finishing with a five-win, half and one-loss record.
The 13-year-old was 1-up at the turn in her final match against North Harbour's Jessica Murray and won 14 and 15 to go 3-up before halving the 16th to win 3 and 2.
"Vanessa found it quite stressful at times but shot some good scores.
"It was a good experience for her," Stewart said.
McLean finished the week with four wins and three losses.
She came from 1-down at the turn against North Harbour's Sai Ma to lead by one after 13.
She was 2-up teeing off on 17 and won the hole to win 3 and 1.
"Celeste probably scored the best overall during the week.
"But despite scoring well, she lost a couple of matches."
No 2 Holly Winter lost her match 4 and 3 to North Harbour's Lita Guo to finish with a two-win, half, four-loss record.
Meanwhile No 1 Carol Chard lost her seventh match 4 and 3 to North Harbour's Kirsten Farrell.
"Both Holly and Carol were coming up against New Zealand reps or past reps and it's not easy," Stewart said. "Holly shot a 72 in one of the rounds, the best by the team."
Auckland made it back-to-back titles with a 3-2 win over Wellington in the final. The highlight was a hole-in-one by Auckland's Brittney Dryland on the par-three 13th in her match against Wellington's Lucy Davis. The ace gave her a 1-up lead heading into the final five holes.
The two were all square going into the last with Dryland's par enough to secure the win.
With another win and two matches halved, Auckland had the title safely tucked away with Wellington's only win coming from No 1 Julianne Alvarez who beat Wenyung Keh 4 and 3.
In the semifinals, Auckland were too good for Bay of Plenty 3-2, while Wellington triumphed over Waikato by the same margin.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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