Manawatū-Whanganui secure last spot in women's interprovincial golf semifinals –

Tara Raj and Manawatū-Whanganu are into the semifinals at the women's interprovincial golf championship. (File Photo).


Tara Raj and Manawatū-Whanganu are into the semifinals at the women’s interprovincial golf championship. (File Photo).

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

Their No 2 Zhuoyi Hu chipped in to secure the win on Friday at Waitikiri Golf Club in Christchurch and set up a match with Auckland on Saturday morning. 

They have not won the interprovincial title since 1960, and also 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, with the decider to follow on Saturday afternoon.

* Tense comeback win for Canty
​* Northland target golf double
* Early excitement at interprovincials

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 on Friday.

Three players maintain a 100 per cent record heading into Saturday – 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.

Auckland’s semifinal against Manawatū-Whanganui begins at 7.30am on Saturday, with the Canterbury-North Harbour match to follow at 8.05am.

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