In horrendous conditions at the Westown Golf Club, Auckland have defeated Bay of Plenty 3-2 to become the Women’s Toro Interprovincial champions for the fifth time in the last six years.
The final came down to the wire in a seesaw affair with Munchin Keh winning 6&5, Brittney Dryland 2&1 and Carmin Lim 1up to secure the required three points and continue this amazing dynasty.
Player of the tournament was awarded to Munchin Keh with an eight from eight record and was unstoppable this week at number two. This afternoon she made eleven pars, two birdies and never looked like making a bogey, which in these conditions was simply sensational.
Her emotions were hard to hide as the experienced Auckland and national representative anchored her side all week.
“Oh I’m so stoked at the moment, from last year to this year is so different and we are so happy with this big win,” beamed Keh.
She remained humble and calm after a week that many would dream of with her one hundred percent record.
“It’s always a bonus, I wasn’t too focused on the individual aspect and I just wanted to do my part for the team.”
“The girls have done really well and worked really hard for this. This one is one to remember after last year, we wanted it so bad and to complete the week as champions, it’s a great feeling!” Joining her with a clean sheet was teammate Brittney Dryland and Bay of Plenty’s Emmalee Morrell.
A forced weather delay came to action just moments after the grand final started and lasted for an hour. It was then decided by officials and team managers that the remaining matches outside the final were abandoned so officials could all focus on the main event.
With two points already recorded through Keh and Dryland. It all came down to the number five and debutant Carmin Lim who made the winning putt from a nerve racking eight feet on the final hole.
The 12-year-old showed incredible maturity slamming her left to right putt home and even without the knowledge it was for the title.
Lim has had an outstanding week winning seven out of eight matches showing clutch calmness in her first year at the country’s biggest tournament. She couldn’t be happier to be part of this special side and achieve something so amazing.
“I had no idea that putt was for the win. It was meant to be an easy two-putt but I’m just happy I made it,” said an innocent Lim.
“This week has been a great experience and I can’t wait to return next year.”
The effort from the consistently strong and undefeated Bay of Plenty side can’t go under the radar. Their fight in both the final and semi-final was outstanding and they can hold their heads high as they leave Westown Golf Club.
A defiant Alanna Campbell led her team’s charge in what could be her final Toro Interprovincial after receiving a golfing scholarship to America. She defeated the hottest amateur golfer in the game, 14-year-old Rose Zheng 2&1 to do her part for Bay of Plenty.
When it was thought the Westown Golf Club volunteers couldn’t do much more, they endured 18 holes, some without umbrellas, to record the lives scores and prove why they play such a crucial role in keeping golf at the forefront of sport in this country. Their efforts were simply outstanding and they will take many good memories from the 2016 Toro Interprovincial.
2016 TORO WOMEN’S INTERPROVINCIAL RESULTSFinal
AUCKLAND 3 BAY OF PLENTY 2Rose Zheng lost to Alanna Campbell 2/1, Munchin Keh def Rotana Howard 6/5, Siyi Keh lost to Emmalee Morrell 2/1, Brittney Dryland def Jodae Ngaheu 2/1, Carmen Lim def Mary Lines 1up Semi-Finals
AUCKLAND 5 WELLINGTON 0Rose Zheng def Gabrielle Palado 5/3, Munchin Keh def Te Rongopai Clay 4/2, Siyi Keh def Darae Chung 1up, Brittney Dryland def Shontalia William, Carmen Lim def Alanah Braybrook 2/1
BAY OF PLENTY 3 CANTERBURY 2Alanna Campbell lost to Amelia Garvey 3/2, Rotana Howard def Juliana Hung 2up, Emmalee Morrell def Hillary O’Connor 1up, Jodae Ngaheu lost to Catherine Bell 3/1, Mary Lines def Jasmine Rou 3/1
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