North Harbour sealed a faultless week to win the TORO Women’s Interprovincial title at Miramar Golf Club in Wellington today.

Harbour made amends for their harrowing extra-hole loss to Auckland in last year’s final in beating Waikato 3½ to 1½.

They were led superbly by brilliant 13-year-old Lydia Ko, who was awarded the player of the tournament with eight consecutive wins all under par.
Ko sealed things when she slotted a 7m birdie putt at the 16th hole against fellow Srixon Academy teammate Emily Perry, who saw her birdie putt to keep the rubber alive lip out.

Ko said she had memories from last year when she came to the 16th in the pivotal clash to decide the interprovincial title.
“They told me that I needed to get at least a half for us to win. I thought back to last year when it was the same and I didn’t win,” Ko said.
“Then Emily hit that great shot in and I got nervous. But I blanked it out and just concentrated on my putt, and had some confident thoughts and it went in. I am just so happy for me and for my team.
“I was really happy with how I played this week and all the team contributed.”

It was North Harbour’s fifth win in the Toro Interprovincials and their fourth time in the last 10 years.

They started the final strongly to be up in four matches after six holes before Waikato fought back and by mid-round the clash was even.

Waikato No 5 Hanna Seifert secured her eighth straight win getting home 3 and 2 over Kristin Farrell while Harbour scored victories to their captain Rebekah Brownlee 5 and 4 and No 2 Rica Tse 3 and 2.

The clash between the No 4s was a roller coaster ride with Faye Amy Nickson ahead 2-up early for Harbour before unbeaten Charlotte Willson fought back to grab a 3-up advantage. The Harbour player dug deep to go 1-up at the 17th before Willson evened things with a brilliant birdie on the final hole.

That left the attention firmly on the Ko-Perry battle which the remarkable 13-year-old settled with a 2 and 1 victory and her eighth straight score in the 60s to complete a superb week.

Earlier Waikato were impressive in disposing of neighbours and
defending champions Auckland in a strong display 4-1. The Waikato wins went to Hanna Seifert, Charlotte Willson, Fai Tongdethsri and Perry who ended the unbeaten run of New Zealand and Australian amateur champion Cecilia Cho.

Harbour cruised into the final with a 4-1 win over the hosts Wellington 4-1 although the hosts, with an average age of 17 years, impressed to secure a semifinal berth for more than a decade and signal they will be a real force on the national scene in the coming years.


North Harbour Waikato (North Harbour names first) Lydia Ko bt Emily Perry Rica Tse bt Kelly Nicholas 3 and 2, Rebekah Brownlee bt Fai Tongdethsri 5 and 4, Faye-Amy Nickson and Charlotte Wilson all square, Kristin Farrell lost to Hanna Seifert 3 and 2).
Waikato 4 Auckland 1 (Perry bt Cecilia Cho 1up, Nicholas lost to Mun Chin Keh 5 and 3, Tongdethsri bt Caryn Khoo 2 and 1, Wilson bt Brianna Maynard 2up, Seifert bt Emily Eng 2 and 1).
North Harbour 4 North Harbour 1 Ko bt Lucy Davis 5 and 4, Tse bt Julianne Alvarez 4 and 3, Brownlee lost to Barbara Parreno 2 and 1, Nickson bt Alanah Braybrook 2up, Farrell bt Te Rongopai Clay 3 and

Final placings:
Wellington 3, Auckland 4, Otago 5, Bay of Plenty 6, Hawkes Bay 7, Northland 8, Tasman 9, Canterbury 10, Southland 11, Taranaki 12, Manawatu Wanganui 13, Aorangi 14.


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