Date: February 23, 2007
Author: Alistair Hogg

Aussies claim opening day honours

By Alistair Hogg at Royal Canberra Australia takes a two point lead into the second day of the inaugural Trans Tasman Cup at Royal Canberra Golf Club after an enthralling start to the event. The girls flew the flag for the home side, impressively winning five and a half of their last six matches which set the tempo and places the pressure on the visitors going into day two. The Kiwis were too good in the open foursomes but the Australian girls managed to square the ledger. Stephanie Na and Grace Lennon emphatically defeated Zoe Beth Bake and Larissa Eruera 7&5 while Ashlee Dewhurst and Whitney Hillier triumphed 5&4 over Lisa Wright and Dana Kim. The girls maintained the momentum into the afternoon singles winning four matches and squaring one to give their country the edge after the opening day, but it didn&apost always appear as if the Aussies were going to have it all their own way. Troy Ropiha and Danny Lee got the Kiwis off to a flying start, narrowly defeating Rick Kulacz and Andrew Dodt 2&1, but the hosts were soon back on level pegging as Richie Gallichan and Tim Stewart accounted for James Gill and Andrew Searle 4&2. New Zealand played with intent in the singles and handed their country a narrow lead, winning three of the four open division matches in the afternoon as the enjoying the success over their Trans Tasman rivals. The boys had a chance to extend New Zealand&aposs lead but nothing could separate them from Australia in the foursomes or the singles for that matter as the teams finished the day with three points apiece. Day 1 Score Summary Australia Open Men&aposs: 2 Open Women&aposs: 2 Australian Boys&apos 3 Australia Girls&apos 5 Total: 13 New Zealand Open Men&aposs: 4 Open Women&aposs: 3 Boys&apos: 3 Girls&apos: Total: 11