Manawatu¯-Whanganui qual­ify for semis

The Timaru Herald - - $ -

A thrilling win over Welling­ton has se­cured Manawatu¯ -Whanganui the last semi­fi­nal spot at the women’s in­ter­provin­cial golf cham­pi­onship.

Their No 2 Zhuoyi Hu chipped in to se­cure the win in Christchurch yes­ter­day and set up a match with Auck­land.

They have not won the in­ter­provin­cial ti­tle since 1960, and ben­e­fited from the ex­pe­ri­ence of New Zealand Golf se­lec­tor Lisa Her­bert, who claimed a vi­tal point on the last hole as they won the ef­fec­tive play­off 3-2.

Can­ter­bury will play North Har­bour in the other semi­fi­nal.

North Har­bour took Auck­land to the wire in their fi­nal round-robin match, but even­tu­ally lost 3-2 to the 24-time cham­pi­ons, though their No 1 Sil­via Brunotti rested ahead of the semi­fi­nals.

Can­ter­bury re­main un­de­feated as they hunt for an eighth ti­tle, beat­ing Bay of Plenty 4-1.

Three play­ers main­tain a 100 per cent record head­ing into to­day’s matches – Auck­land’s Car­men Lim and Miree Jung and Can­ter­bury’s Cather­ine Bell – while Darae Chung of Welling­ton is also un­de­feated, halv­ing one of her six matches.

The two semi-fi­nal win­ners clash in the af­ter­noon at the Waitikiri club with the weather set to be fine.

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