Canty into women’s na­tional golf semi-fi­nals

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Auck­land, Bay of Plenty, Can­ter­bury and North Har­bour will bat­tle it out in the women’s in­ter­provin­cial golf tour­na­ment semi­fi­nals to­day.

Auck­land came through di­vi­sion one un­de­feated, drop­ping just 21⁄2 points all week at the Sherwood Park Golf Club in North­land.

That in­cluded a re­sound­ing 41⁄2-01⁄2 win over Welling­ton on Thurs­day morn­ing, end­ing the lat­ter’s hopes of mak­ing the semi­fi­nals. That sec­ond spot went to North Har­bour in­stead, who beat North­land 31⁄2-11⁄2 in a loser­goes-home con­test.

On the other side of the draw, Can­ter­bury fin­ished top, de­spite los­ing 4-1 to Bay of Plenty. Olive Tapu recorded what proved to be a vi­tal 2up win, which meant they fin­ished 11⁄2 points above BOP, en­sur­ing they avoided play­ing Auck­land in Fri­day morn­ing’s semi­fi­nals. The fi­nal will be played on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Three teams fin­ished on five points in di­vi­sion two, Can­ter­bury, Bay of Plenty and Waikato, which saw games de­ter­mine the top two teams on a count­back. De­spite los­ing to Bay of Plenty 4-1, Can­ter­bury needed just half a game to en­sure they fin­ished top of the di­vi­sion.

The new-look Can­ter­bury team, which has four play­ers on de­but for the tour­na­ment, have han­dled the pres­sure well and en­joyed the teams event.

Can­ter­bury has had to over­come be­ing with­out re­cent No1 Amelia Gar­vey, who is bound for a col­lege schoolar­ship in the United States, and Hi­lary O’Con­nor.

After sweep­ing South­land 5-0 on the open­ing day, Can­ter­bury trounced Tas­man 4-1 and Otago 41⁄2

-1⁄2 on day two. Then fol­lowed a harder-fought 31⁄2 -11⁄2 vic­tory over Hawkes Bay-Poverty Bay be­fore Waikato was wal­loped 5-0.

De­spite the loss to Bay of Plenty yes­ter­day, Can­ter­bury has still over­all won 22 of the 30 matches they have played giving them con­fi­dence ahead of the semi-fi­nal bat­tle against North Har­bour. The other will be con­tested be­tween reign­ing cham­pion and favourites Auck­land and Bay of Plenty.

The men’s com­pe­ti­tion re­mains up in the air, with plenty of teams still in con­tention for a semi­fi­nals spot when the fi­nal two round robin matches are played on Fri­day.

Can­ter­bury are one of those but have ex­pe­ri­enced mixed for­tunes at the tour­na­ment.

They lost their open­ing match to North Har­bour 4-1 then top­pled Taranaki 31⁄2-11⁄2 on open­ing day. They then cleaned up Poverty BayEast Coast 5-0 but were brought back to earth with a 4-1 loss to Hawkes Bay yes­ter­day.

Di­vi­sion one sees five teams sep­a­rated by just 41⁄2 points, al­though two, North­land and Ao­rangi, have byes on Fri­day morn­ing.

Waikato lead the di­vi­sion on 151⁄2, but have tough matches against sec­ond-placed Auck­land and fourth-placed Welling­ton which will play a huge part in de­cid­ing the semi­fi­nal­ists.

Welling­ton slipped up on Thurs­day, halv­ing their match against strug­glers ManawatuWan­ganui, while Auck­land beat North­land 3-2, Waikato de­feated BOP 31⁄2-11⁄2 and Ao­rangi were 31⁄2-11⁄2 win­ners over Tas­man.

North Har­bour’s young side con­tin­ued on their merry way with an­other good win against Taranaki on Thurs­day, which moved them top of di­vi­sion two.

Otago had a slight hic­cup when halv­ing their match against Poverty Bay-East Coast.

Hawkes Bay have been su­perb this week to sit sec­ond go­ing into Fri­day, al­though they have a bye in the af­ter­noon which could let ei­ther Otago or Can­ter­bury back in for a semi­fi­nal spot.

PHOTO: JOHN KIRK-AN­DER­SON/STUFF

Olive Tapu gained Can­ter­bury a cru­cial point win­ning against Bay of Plenty to en­sure they qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nals at the na­tional women’s in­ter-pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment be­ing played in North­land this week.

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