Tournament hosts Northland have got off to the perfect start at the 2017 Womens Toro Interprovincial after claiming two from two victories on the opening day at Sherwood Park Golf Club.

They had a morning to remember after upsetting a strong Wellington side to boost morale heading into the afternoon where they then defeated an in-form Manawatu/Wanganui in a thrilling encounter.

Northland 3 def Wellington 2; Kylie Jacoby def Darae Chung 2&1, Belinda May lost to Erika Cui 1up, Shardae Bulkeley def Shontalia William 2&1, Alayna Cox def Anita Harkerss 6&5, Jo Taylor lost to Alanah Braybrook 1up.

Northland 3 Manawatu Wanganui 2 Kylie Jacoby def Brydie Hodge 1up, Belinda May halved with Tara Raj, Shardae Bulkeley halved with Lily Griffin, Alayna Cox lost to Mudra Lakhani 2&1, Jo Taylor def Tania Hook 1up.

This team performance which saw the final match won on the last hole of the day will spark interest not only around the club, but around the region as they look to win for the first time in history.

Joining them with the perfect record was Waikato who recorded wins over Tasman and Hawkes Bay.

After losing some vital team members in the past two years, this start is vital towards Waikatos rebuilding phase and confidence as they look to put their name on the trophy for the first time since 2008.

Auckland enjoyed a stress-free start to their title defence after disposing of South Canterbury in their only match this afternoon 4-1.

With convincing individual victories throughout the afternoon for Auckland, the feature was perhaps the number one upset with Aorangis Ginny Boulderston defeating 2016 New Zealand Amateur Champion Rose Zheng 2&1 to lift the teams spirits late in the day.

After winning six of the past eight Toro Interprovincials, Auckland look to have the recipe to do it once again with an impressive looking team here in Northland.


The intensity will rise over the whole region with the mens event teeing off at 7:30am, hosted by Mangawhai Golf Club as both events are to be played during the same week for the first time.

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