Canterbury stay in the running for semi

Canterbury had a win and a loss on the second day of the 2012 Toro women's interprovincial golf tournament in Dunedin yesterday, but remain on track for a semifinal place.

The red-and-blacks were routed 4-1 by defending champions and title favourites Auckland in the morning round before rallying to beat Waikato 3-2 at the St Clair Golf Club.

No 3 Jess Guenzerodt was Canterbury's sole victor against Auckland, beating Joanna Kim 3-1. But Sylvie Williams, Elisha Crosbie, Kate Turner and Fiona Gebbie suffered losses.

Auckland captain Larissa Eruera, unbeaten this week in the No 5 berth, said the win over arch-rivals Canterbury was particularly pleasing.

"It was a bit of a grudge match because last year they were our toughest match . . . and the scoreline of 4-1 we are really happy with."

But Canterbury bounced back against Waikato with Guenzerodt picking up her second win of the day to remain unbeaten after the first rounds. Williams beat Hanna Seifert 3-1, Crosbie lost to Sarah Bradley 4-2, Turner lost to Fai Tongdethsri 4-3 but No 5 Gebbie - a first-day reserve - beat Michelle Archer 5-4.

Auckland, who had to battle hard to beat Taranaki 3-2 in the afternoon round, and Canterbury lead division one with three wins but Canterbury are yet to have the bye. But Canterbury can still qualify for the semifinals if they win their remaining two matches, against Aorangi today and Otago tomorrow.

Bay of Plenty suffered a blow to their title hopes when well beaten 4-1 by Manawatu-Wanganui in division two.

Wellington, who have not won the title since 1992, continued their dominance with a 4-1 demolition of Tasman. They and North Harbour lead division two with three wins and both have had the bye.

Canterbury scores: Auckland 4, Canterbury 1. (Auckland names first): Wenyung Keh bt Sylvie Williams 4-3, Munchin Keh bt Elisha Crosbie 5-3, Joanna Kim lost to Jess Guenzerodt 3-1, Brittney Dryland bt Kate Turner 3-1, Larissa Eruera bt Fiona Gebbie 3-2.

Canterbury 3, Waikato 2 (Canterbury names first): Williams bt Hanna Seifert 3-1, Crosbie lost to Sarah Bradley 4-2, Guenzerodt bt Charlotte Willson 4-3, Turner lost to Fai Tongdethsri 4-3, Gebbie bt Michelle Archer 5-4.

Standings: Division one - Auckland 3 wins 11.5 individual wins, Canterbury 3 11, Waikato 2 9, Hawke's Bay 2 8, Taranaki 1 9, Otago 1 8, Aorangi 0 3.5. Division two - Wellington 3 11, North Harbour 3 10.5, Manawatu-Wanganui 2 12.5, Bay of Plenty 2 8, Southland 1 8, Northland 1 6, Tasman 0 4.

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