TORO NZ WOMEN’S INTERPROVINCIAL: AUCKLAND COMPLETES THREE-PEAT AT MURIWAI

14/12/2013

Auckland has completed one of the most dominant performances ever seen at the Toro NZ Women’s Interprovincial at the Muriwai Golf Club.

The Blue and Whites defeated Bay of Plenty 5-0 – a score-line that flattered the favourites – as the Bay girls showed plenty of character in the hot and fine conditions.

But there was no doubt that Auckland, who had two players Wenyung Keh and Brittney Dryland with perfect winning records, was far and away the most dominant side this week.

The defending champions won the title for the third time in succession and extended their record number of wins in the event to 22 since the team’s match-play competition began back in 1950.

They became the first team to win three in a row in 30 years since Bay of Plenty – Thames Valley who completed the feat in 1981 – 1983.

Auckland finished the week with a perfect winning record of eight from eight matches and an incredible 36.5 points from the 40 points on offer. It is believed to be an unprecedented winning record.

Kaye Carroll, the manager of the Auckland team for the past 10 years, said the performance of her girls was a special effort as they totally outclassed every team they played.

“I had a machine team,” said Carroll. “For them to go through and lose only three games for five days is just amazing. It has to be the best record ever in this tournament.”

Carroll, who is bowing out as the Auckland manager after a decade of service, said there were a few factors that made her side so dominant.

“Being able to come out here and practice a few times as a team, practice shots in the wind and bunkers and so on was good and we bonded so well.

“This is the most special of all my wins with an Auckland team. This is my swansong. I have been doing this for 10 years and with Auckland winning three in a row I feel like it is time for some fresh blood in the camp. Going out on this moment feels pretty special. I am rapt.”

Auckland No.5 Brittney Dryland, who won the player of the tournament in 2012 at St Clair, got her team on the board early with a 3 and 2 win over the big-hitting Rotana Howard.

It meant that Dryland has finished two Toro Interprovincial tournaments with a perfect winning record.

“I played pretty good today,” said the Titirangi golfer. “It feels better than last year. I am so happy to be part of this team and to continue my winning record was awesome.”

Dryland’s win was backed up by Celyn Khoo who came from behind to defeat Susan Lines by 3 and 2 to keep the momentum heading in the right direction.

The match between Auckland No.3 Joanna Kim and her Bay of Plenty counterpart Heather Keefe was a classic. The two halved their opening eight holes before Kim seized the advantage heading into the turn.

Kim went on to birdie the par 3 17th to win the match 2 and 1 and secure the winning point for her side.

“It was really cool to sink the winning putt,” said Kim.

“That was a special moment for me. I was disappointed to have my first halve this morning [for a 7wins and a half record] but apart from that I had a great week.”

Wenyung Keh and Munchin Keh completed the blue and whitewash with wins over Grace Senior (2up) and Alanna Campbell (3/2) respectively.

Munchin Keh was excited, happy and relieved to be named as the champions again.

“It was a really tough final,” said the 21-year-old from the Titirangi Golf Club.

“Each match was really close and it was tense out there. To win it for the third time in a row, there is no doubt that this is the best win we have ever had.”

Wenyung Keh, who matched her perfect winning record from the team’s win at the Whakatane Golf Club in 2011, was named as the player of the tournament.

The 16-year-old from the Pakuranga Country Club enjoyed a remarkable week at No.2 for her side and was humbled to receive the honour.

“It means a lot to get this award,” said Keh. “I had a lot to prove this week. I have practiced really hard for this and to be named player of the tournament I feel like I have redeemed myself.”

Keh believed that they had achieved something really special this week.

“It feels really great to have won this title three times in a row. We were under pressure in the final and we brought it back after nine holes. To have only lost three times throughout the whole week as a team is really cool.”

“The team has really great support, we always stay positive and we never give up.”

This young Auckland side will look to continue its legacy as one of the finest to wear the Blue and White colours in 2014 at the Lochiel Golf Club.

They will now set their eyes on another record – to beat the five consecutive titles that Auckland won from 1976 – 1980.

But that is for the future. Tonight at the Muriwai Golf Club the Auckland team was celebrating one of the most comprehensive wins in the history of the Toro NZ Women’s Interprovincial.

 

 

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