Waikato faced a tough final day at the national women's interprovincial golf championship and found it too steep a hill to climb at Muriwai yesterday.
Already out of the running for a spot in today's semifinals, Waikato had to take on Division One pace-setters and defending champions Auckland in the seventh and final round.
The result was a clear-cut 4-1 victory to the top qualifiers from the division, No 4 Charlotte Willson the only winner for Waikato with a 3 and 2 victory against Celyn Khoo.
But none of the other Waikato players were able to take their Auckland opponents beyond the 16th hole, No 1 Hana-Rae Seifert losing the No 1 matchup 6/5 to Munchin Keh, No 2 Fai Tongdethsri going down 5/4 to Wenyung Keh, No 3 Melissa Shea a 4/3 loser to Joanna Kim and No 5 Kyra Alexander beaten 4/2 by Brittney Dryland.
Dryland, who was the player of the tournament last year, again finished with a perfect six from six record.
Auckland (6 team wins and 27 individual match points) and second place-getters North Harbour (4.5 & 17) qualified for the semifinals from Division One, while Bay of Plenty (5.5 & 25) and surprise package Hawke's Bay-Poverty Bay (5 & 19) made it through from Division Two.
Auckland will take on Hawke's Bay and Bay of Plenty will play North Harbour in this morning's semifinals with the final to be played in the afternoon.
- Waikato Times
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