Golf: Auckland see off brave BoP

By Peter White

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Auckland celebrate after beating Bay of Plenty in the Toro NZ Women's Interprovincial final. Photo/PhotoSport
Auckland celebrate after beating Bay of Plenty in the Toro NZ Women's Interprovincial final. Photo/PhotoSport

Auckland has completed one of the most dominant performances ever seen at the Toro NZ Women's Interprovincial at the Muriwai Golf Club.

The Blue and Whites defeated Bay of Plenty 5-0 but the scoreline flattered the favourites as the Bay girls showed plenty of character in the hot and fine conditions at the links course in West Auckland.

For the youthful Bay of Plenty team there is much to be proud of after an outstanding week of golf that included knocking over hosts North Harbour in a thrilling playoff in the semifinal.

Bay of Plenty had Susan Lines to thank for their place in the final. The No 4, who won the 18th hole with a great iron shot to 3 metres, rallied in her match to defeat North Harbour's Ela Grimwood on the 19th hole and secure the Bay's place in the final.

Lines said it was a huge relief to come up with the big play under pressure. "I was really happy to hit some great shots on the final stretch to give us a chance.

I hit good shots into 16, 18 and then on the first in the playoff and to do that in that situation was really pleasing. I am proud of myself but also really proud of our team and how we have played this week."

But there was no doubt that Auckland, who had two players, Wenyung Keh and Brittney Dryland, with perfect winning records, was far and away the most dominant side this week.

The defending champions won the title for the third time in succession and extended their record number of wins in the event to 22 since the team's match-play competition began in 1950.

They became the first team to win three in a row in 30 years since Bay of Plenty-Thames Valley completed the feat in 1981-1983.

Auckland finished the week with a perfect winning record of eight from eight matches and an incredible 36.5 points from the 40 points on offer. It is believed to be an unprecedented winning record.

Auckland No 5 Brittney Dryland, who won the player of the tournament in 2012 at St Clair, got her team on the board early with a 3 and 2 win over the big-hitting Rotana Howard.

Dryland's win was backed up by Celyn Khoo, who came from behind to defeat Susan Lines by 3 and 2 to keep the momentum heading in the right direction.

The match between Auckland No 3 Joanna Kim and her Bay of Plenty counterpart Heather Keefe was a classic. The two halved their opening eight holes before Kim seized the advantage heading into the turn. Kim went on to birdie the par 3 17th to win the match 2 and 1 and secure the winning point for her side.

Wenyung Keh and Munchin Keh completed the blue and whitewash with wins over Grace Senior (2up) and Alanna Campbell (3/2) respectively.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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