Auckland wins yet again — this time without phones
Auckland continued it’s domination in the women’s Interprovincial Championship when winning last month’s final 4-1 over hosts Canterbury at the Waitikiri Golf Club.
The win was the seventh for Auckland in the last eight years.
After beating a great Manawatu/Wanganui side in the morning, who will be proud of their efforts last year, Auckland was nearly unstoppable against Canterbury to win for the 25th time overall in the championship’s history.
Led by Carmen Lim and player of the tournament Miree Jung, the new-look team which was easily one of the youngest in the field, scored a total 35 points of the possible 40, proving why it deserved it’s name engraved once again.
Said Jung: “It’s an amazing feeling and to do it with this new team is so cool and it’s been such a fun week and I have to thank them all for that,”
A contributing factor to the win may have been the lack of social media as part of team protocol during the week that kept their eyes on the prize.
Lim added: “We weren’t allowed our phones at night, which probably helped.”
The final day did not go without drama as Canterbury was taken down to the wire against North Harbour in the semi-final, before Hillary O’Connor escaped with a halved match on the final hole after Anna An missed a short putt.
Leading up to that final putt, the match deserved to go to a playoff after locals witnessed some of the best golf of the week with Catherine Bell and Jessica Green going blow for blow by dropping 15-foot putts and creating great excitement around the course.
There were some notable records with Miree Jung named player of the tournament in winning seven and halving one of her eight matches. The only other unbeaten player was Wellington number one Darae Chung.
Final result (Auckland names first):-
Carmen Lim def Juliana Hung 3 and 1, Vivian Lu def Hillary O’Connor 3 and 1, Miree Jung def Catherine Bell 3 and 2, Grace Jung lost to Olive Tapu 2 and 1 and Fiona Xu def Maddie May 5 and 4.
3. North Harbour
7. Bay of Plenty
9. Hawkes Bay/Poverty Bay