2021 Boys and Girls Interprovincial Summary
Last week saw our Boys and Girls age group teams travel away to their annual Interprovincial tournaments held at Cambridge Golf Club and Rotorua Golf Club respectively. Amongst the backdrop of some uncertain travel restrictions in the build-up to the events, both tournaments got the initial green light to proceed with both teams traveling out as planned.
Boys Interprovincial – Cambridge Golf Club
Canterbury named a strong team to attend this year’s event with depth from 1-4 in the U19 playing order and likewise 1-2 in the U16 category boding well for the future. Managed by Percy Reihana, after the first 3 rounds of the Boys competition the team were in a great position with 3 team wins from 3 to sit equal top in their pool alongside Wellington as the only 2 teams in the event with a perfect start. Cooper Moore and Yuki Miya both having perfect starts to the event with 3 wins from as many rounds. Unfortunately, as is commonly occurring with these uncertain times amongst the current COVID environment the tournament then fell victim to a discovery of a positive case in the region. Waikato Golf and the participating provinces accordingly made the tough decision to cancel the remainder of the Junior Boys Interprovincial tournament with the safety of the players and staff in mind. The Boys team then returned home safely the following day.
Girls Interprovincial – Rotorua Golf Club
This year Canterbury named a team with some new young up and coming players experiencing their first taste of representative golf. 4 players made their Girls Interprovincial debut in Vanessa Lim, Lexi Thomson-Hall, Jessie Mercer and Alisia Ren coupled with the more experienced Jasmine Clancy and Maddie May who were fantastic role models for the team throughout the week. The team was managed by former Canterbury representative Hillary O’Connor which complimented the young team perfectly as they approached the tournament. An expected tough beginning to the event saw the girls go down to eventual finalists Waikato and Wellington in their opening day matches 3.5-2.5 and 4-2 respectively. However, from there the girls bounced back terrifically to go on to record 3 back-to-back pool play wins to finish in 3rd place before finals day. The team carried on that momentum into the final day where they secured a 3rd place finish with a 4-2 victory over Manawatu/Wanganui to take the bronze medal. Further, the individual performance of our number 1 Maddie May must also be highlighted as she received the Player of the Tournament award with 6 wins from 6 at number one, an incredible effort as she played a major part in the week both on and off the course.
The full results for both tournaments can be found below: