Waikato running hot but face tough test against Auckland

A victory over defending champions Auckland is the taxing task ahead of the Waikato women's golf side this morning.

Waikato stayed in contention for a place in the semifinals of the national women's amateur interprovincial teams golf tournament in Dunedin with two wins yesterday.

Waikato saw off Hawke's Bay 4-1 in their morning encounter at the St Clair Golf Club before repeating that score against host side Otago in the afternoon.

Those two wins left Waikato tied in second spot in Division One with Canterbury on games won - and ahead on individual matches won - but behind Auckland, with Waikato and Auckland due to clash today.

A win would guarantee a playoff place, while Waikato could also make tomorrow morning's semifinal if Canterbury are beaten by Otago and Waikato pick up a half or enough points in a narrow defeat by Auckland.

Manager Gina Scott was reluctant to single out any individuals but acknowledged there were a number of impressive performances.

Waikato's No 4 Fai Tongdethsri continued a fine week yesterday by thumping Otago's Dale Dagg 7 and 6 after earlier beating Hawke's Bay's Tessa McDonald 2 and 1. Tongdethsri now has four wins from five matches.

Young No 1 Hanna Seifert also had a strong day for the title contenders. She beat Hawke's Bay's Kate Chadwick 2 and 1 before seeing off Laura Hoskin 3 and 1, while No 2 Sarah Bradley also nabbed two comfortable victories.

"They [Auckland] are the favourites but they have shown today that they are vulnerable," Bradley said after yesterday's matches. "We have momentum going into the playoffs which is huge. We know tomorrow will be different with everything on the line but we back ourselves.

"They are playing as the favourites and it would be awesome to upset them and stay alive. We have every chance."

The team's No 5 Michelle Archer won her morning match 7 and 6 before making way for reserve Melissa Shea, who will play again today with Archer flying home to a prior commitment.

Waikato Times