What a fantastic week of golf for our Interprovincial women's team in Napier. Although they did not quite get the win, a silver medal for finishing second is still a fantastic achievement, and shows the immense talent of those players. The team went right through to the final as the only unbeaten team, but came up against a strong Auckland side that was always going to be tough to beat in a final. The 3/2 result was close, but in the end Auckland deserved their win. At least we can take encouragement from the win we had over Auckland in the final round robin game to qualify top going into the finals.
For Tara Raj to go through unbeaten at number 1, and taking down some NZ reps in the process, this could be a defining event in her development. Tara very much deserved the player of the tournament honours. Way to go Tara!
All the team of Tara Raj, Zhou Yi Hu, Brydie Hodge, Lisa Herbert, and Lily Griffin, performed fantastic during the week. Zhou Yi showed her immense talent with a strong week at number 2, which included making a birdie in the first playoff hole in the semi final to make the final.
We must not forget also the great support role played by reserve Katherine Paskins, and Managers Jo McAlly and Deb Archer throughout the week. They put in a huge effort to ensure that the team gels well during the week and that players are ready to play and perform well.
We congratulate the entire squad, and all supporters that travelled over too watch. All the golfers of the Manawatu Wanganui Golf district should be hugely proud of the efforts of this outstanding team.