Aorangi South Canterbury had mixed fortunes but did not manage to get an elusive win on the opening day of the women's Interprovincial at the St Clair Golf Club.
They played hosts Otago first up and went down 4-1, in a closer contest than the score indicated, but Auckland proved far too strong, triumphing by 4 1/2 - 1/2.
Against Otago, Aorangi South Canterbury's top three players, Catherine Bell (Ashburton), Catherine Knight (Tinwald) and Ginny Bolderston (Geraldine) all took their playing partners to the final hole before going down.
No 4 Nicole Nathan (Ashburton) lost 4 and 2 while Heather Oldfield (Geraldine) was thrashed 10 and 8 by Susan Greig, who won every hole they played.
Auckland proved a much tougher proposition in the afternoon.
No 1 Bell was 1-up early in her match but Wenyung Keh managed to get back to all square at the finish.
Knight, a former professional, was 1 down to Munchin Keh through nine holes but eventually lost 4 and 3.
Nathan also played well and was tied against Brittney Dryland through nine holes but lost 4 and 2.
Bolderston and Oldfield were both well beaten 6 and 5.
Aorangi South Canterbury face Waikato and Hawke's Bay today and will be hoping to get past the latter.
Wellington and Canterbury were the only teams to chalk up two wins.
Canterbury's 4-1 victory over Hawke's Bay 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.
Wellington didn't have things all their own way during their 3-2 morning win over Manawatu/Wanganui.
Barbara Parreno lost 2 and 1 to Brydie Hodge and Alanah Braybrook was well beaten 6 and 5 by Kelly Nicholas.
With Davis one down against Stephanie Hyatt with four holes to play, a boilover was on the cards.
But the Wellington No 4 rallied and turned her match around to win 1 up and Julianne Alvarez and Te Rongopai Clay finished the job.
The two other unbeaten teams, Waikato and Bay of Plenty, both had afternoon byes after posting 3-2 first-up wins over Taranaki and Southland respectively.
- The Timaru Herald