Canty women make confident start

The Canterbury women's golf team made the perfect start to their national interprovincial campaign in Dunedin, winning both opening-day rounds.

A 4-1 victory over Hawke's Bay in yesterday's morning round was followed by a 3-2 win over Taranaki.

Yesterday's wins, however, were merely the entree for today's important main, when the Canterbury women take on favourites Auckland and perennial contenders Waikato.

Waikato and Auckland had their byes yesterday and both won their one match comfortably.

Auckland beat Aorangi 4 - , while Waikato beat Taranaki 3-2.

The Canterbury side need at least a half from today's tough matches to stay near the top of the table, while only one win will leave their semifinal chances in their own hands.

Yesterday's wins were the perfect confidence-booster for what the team expect to be a tough, but crucial day today.

Their 4-1 win over Hawke's Bay was closer than it perhaps looked, with all four winning matches reaching the 17th, and the 3-2 win over Taranaki win was arguably the opposite.

No 1 Sylvie Williams, No 3 Jess Guenzerodt plus captain and No 5 Kate Turner reached the 16th in their matches to record comfortable wins, and all three went through with two wins.

RESULTS Canterbury 4, Hawke's Bay 1 (Sylvie Williams bt Kate Chadwick 1up, Elisha Crosbie bt Jaimie McIvor 2/1, Jess Guenzerodt bt Angela Jones 3/1, Zhantel Weekes lost to Tessa McDonald 4/2, Kate Turner bt Lucy Owen 2/1). Canterbury 3, Taranaki 2 (Williams bt Carol Chard 3/2, Crosbie lost to Holly Winter 2/1, Guenzerodt bt Celeste McLean 4/2, Weekes lost to Rochelle Keegan 6/5, Turner bt Vanessa Bouvet 4/2).

The Press