Aorangi target Canterbury

JACOB PAGE AND FAIRFAX NZ
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2012
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Golfer Catherine Knight

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The Aorangi South Canterbury women's golf team remain winless at the National Interprovincial tournament, in Dunedin, despite some plucky individual efforts yesterday.

The team have lost all four of their matches so far and started their second day at the St Clair Golf Club with a 4-1 loss to Waikato in the morning and a 4-1 loss to Hawke's Bay followed.

Aorangi No 2 Catherine Knight was the only victorious team member yesterday, with a 1 up win over Waikato's Sarah Bradley and a 6 and 4 trouncing of Hawke's Bay's Jaimie McIvor.

Knight controlled the early stages of the contest against Bradley but found herself 1 down with three holes to play.

Her two wins gave Aorangi some respectability.

Aorangi No 1 Catherine Bell ran her Waikato opponent, Hanna Seifert, close before losing 1 down.

Fellow team-mates Ginny Bolderston, Nicole Nathan and Heather Oldfield were comfortably beaten in both of their outings.

Team manager Beverley Green said Knight was staying composed when the pressure was on and she was being rewarded.

Green said they targeted their match against Tasman as one they would look to win but her team would have to be more consistent around and on the greens if they wanted to threaten.

"I'm confident we could give Canterbury a fight [today]," Green said.

Auckland and Wellington top both groups after four rounds.

Canterbury remain on track for a semifinal place despite being 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 Seifert 3-1, Crosbie lost to 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.

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Bay of Plenty suffered a blow to their title hopes when well beaten 4-1 by Manawatu-Whanganui 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.

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