Waikato squeak through to semifinal

Last updated 05:00 15/12/2012
IN FORM: Sarah Bradley had a 1-up victory over Auckland’s Munchin Keh  but Waikato ultimately lost the match 4-1.

IN FORM: Sarah Bradley had a 1-up victory over Auckland’s Munchin Keh but Waikato ultimately lost the match 4-1.

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They may have snuck through the back door but manager Gina Scott believes the Waikato women's golf team are still capable of going at least one step further.

Waikato will meet Wellington in one semifinal of the national amateur interprovincial teams tournament in Dunedin this morning, with defending champions Auckland up against Bay of Plenty in the other playoff encounter.

Waikato went down 4-1 to Auckland in their final match of their division one round-robin schedule yesterday morning. But with Canterbury being beaten 3-2 by host side Otago at the St Clair Golf Club, Waikato finished second in their pool to grab a spot against the division two top qualifiers.

"We got a bit lucky with the other result but I still think we deserved to get there," Scott said. "All of the players played well against Auckland and they had to play well to beat us."

Waikato led the tie 3-2 at the halfway stage before their vaunted opponents pulled away late as strong winds played a factor. The team's No 2 Sarah Bradley maintained her strong form with a 1-up victory over Munchin Keh, who represented New Zealand at this year's Espirito Santo world amateur teams champs with Lydia Ko and Emily Perry.

No 1 Hanna Seifert and No 5 Melissa Shea were all square through nine holes with opponents Wenyung Keh and Larissa Eruera, before going down 4 and 3 and 2 and 1 respectively, while Fai Tongdethsri led Brittany Dryland 1 up at the midway stage before losing 2 down in the battle of the No 4s.

Wellington, who have lost one match this week - to Bay of Plenty - claimed top place in division two on individual wins ahead of BOP after they beat Southland 3-2 yesterday. Bay of Plenty made the last four when they knocked out North Harbour with a 3.5-1.5 victory.

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