Tasman clash last hope for Aorangi

The Aorangi South Canterbury women's golf team are running out of time to record their first win at the national interprovincial golf championships in Dunedin.

It was another winless day for the team on the St Clair course, with strong individual results not being capitalised on for the overall team goal.

Aorangi lost to Taranaki 3 to 2, and Canterbury 3.5 to 1.5.

The morning effort against Taranaki was punctuated by comfortable wins from Catherine Bell and Catherine Knight.

However, their efforts counted for little as their team-mates were easily beaten in the other three encounters.

Bell, playing at No 1, turned a 1- up advantage going into the back nine into a 5 and 4 victory over Carol Chard.

Knight, at No 2, made it three wins in a row with a 3 and 2 triumph over Holly Winter.

Unfortunately, Ginny Bolderston, Nicole Nathan, and reserve Barbara O'Connell were easily beaten 6 and 5, 4 and 3 and 5 and 4, respectively.

Aorangi South Canterbury team manager Beverley Green said she was hopeful her team could give Canterbury a fright in their encounter, and while a fright might not be the correct term for what happened, the Aorangi quartet made their more fancied opponents work hard for the win by coming within one hole of drawing the match.

Knight continued her impressive form. A superb back-nine again the catalyst for her 4 and 3 win over Elisha Crosbie.

Green said Knight grew in confidence once she hit the front in her matches and she became more aggressive with her shots.

Bell fought back from being 1-down after 15 holes to finish all square with Canterbury No 1 Sylvie Williams.

Bolderston was 1-up after nine holes in her match but eventually lost 3 and 1.

Nathan took her encounter to the 18th hole but lost it 1-down to Kate Turner.

O'Connell was beaten 4 and 3 by Fiona Gebbie.

The competition has a rest day today and Aorangi have one last game against fellow winless team Tasman to conclude their tournament tomorrow.

The Timaru Herald