With a youthful look about the team, the Manawatu Wanganui Women's Sybil Green winning side is quietly building momentum and could be a national contender in a few years if all the cards fall nicely.
Manawatu Golf Clubs Emma Clayton has continued her impressive rise in the rankings to be arguably the district number one player. Having competed extensively on the national tournament scene over the past 12 months, she has earned a national ranking of 22nd, ahead of team mates Brydie Hodge (39th) and Stephanie McKillop (74th). McKillop, the most recent team number one, has played a restricted schedule in comparison and will be looking to reconfirm her number one spot during the inaugural Womens Order of Merit which starts at the Horowhenua Open on July 29th.
Kelly Nicholas (Palmerston North) is also about to commence her run at the number one spot. She will be focussing on the OOM events as well as the Lower North Island Order of Merit which sees the top players from the Sybil Green regions competing together alongside the men in the Kapi Tareha (Hawkes Bay) and Wellington Strokeplay 72 hole events.
Keita Durie flies the flag for the Durie family with sister Maraea in America on a scholarship and Amber Rose Thompson-Newth will challenge these players to earn a position in the season ending Interprovincial in Dunedin.
First event for the season will be the annual match against Wellington at Levin on August 12th. The top two finshers at the Horowhenua gain automatic selection and will be joined by 6 selected players as well as a Masters team of four who join the competition fo rthe first time.