Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay seeking top-five finish

Now at four team wins and three in a row in defeating Aorangi 4-1 yesterday afternoon.

Now at four team wins and three in a row in defeating Aorangi 4-1 yesterday afternoon.

A TOP-FIVE finish was the mission for Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay after ending group play with a team double at the national women’s interprovincial golf tournament in New Plymouth yesterday.

HBPB beat Otago 4-1 yesterday morning — a clash that was postponed from Thursday after play was severely disrupted by rain on the Westown course.

They made it four team wins and three in a row in defeating Aorangi 4-1 yesterday afternoon.

Gisborne’s Tessa McDonald, playing No.2 in the team, came back from a morning loss with victory in the afternoon.

The two team points lifted HBPB to third in their group on four points and 14½ individual wins.

Behind them were Waikato, Otago, Southland and Aorangi — all regions they beat over the week-long matchplay tournament.

However, the two teams ahead and progressing to the semifinals were a class above the rest.

Auckland finished top of the group with a perfect record of six wins and 27 individual wins out of a possible 30.

Defending champions Canterbury were second on five points and 25 individual wins.

HBPB’s successful day set up a playoff against North Harbour today for fifth and sixth rankings.

McDonald was the only one to taste defeat against Otago yesterday morning. She lost 2 and 1 to Jo Hicks-Beach. No.1 Angela Jones won 5 and 3, No.3 Sara Deam 4 and 3, No.4 Janie Field 6 and 4 and No.5 Jaimie McIvor 2 and 1.

McDonald bounced back in the Aorangi afternoon tie with a 2 and 1 win against Angela Bradford. It gave her a record of three wins and three losses in group play.

Jones won 3 and 1, Deam lost 1-down, Field, who played just 27 holes over the day, won 6 and 5, and McIvor got home 1-up.

In this morning’s semifinals, Auckland were to play Wellington and Canterbury were to face Bay of Plenty.

A TOP-FIVE finish was the mission for Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay after ending group play with a team double at the national women’s interprovincial golf tournament in New Plymouth yesterday.

HBPB beat Otago 4-1 yesterday morning — a clash that was postponed from Thursday after play was severely disrupted by rain on the Westown course.

They made it four team wins and three in a row in defeating Aorangi 4-1 yesterday afternoon.

Gisborne’s Tessa McDonald, playing No.2 in the team, came back from a morning loss with victory in the afternoon.

The two team points lifted HBPB to third in their group on four points and 14½ individual wins.

Behind them were Waikato, Otago, Southland and Aorangi — all regions they beat over the week-long matchplay tournament.

However, the two teams ahead and progressing to the semifinals were a class above the rest.

Auckland finished top of the group with a perfect record of six wins and 27 individual wins out of a possible 30.

Defending champions Canterbury were second on five points and 25 individual wins.

HBPB’s successful day set up a playoff against North Harbour today for fifth and sixth rankings.

McDonald was the only one to taste defeat against Otago yesterday morning. She lost 2 and 1 to Jo Hicks-Beach. No.1 Angela Jones won 5 and 3, No.3 Sara Deam 4 and 3, No.4 Janie Field 6 and 4 and No.5 Jaimie McIvor 2 and 1.

McDonald bounced back in the Aorangi afternoon tie with a 2 and 1 win against Angela Bradford. It gave her a record of three wins and three losses in group play.

Jones won 3 and 1, Deam lost 1-down, Field, who played just 27 holes over the day, won 6 and 5, and McIvor got home 1-up.

In this morning’s semifinals, Auckland were to play Wellington and Canterbury were to face Bay of Plenty.

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