Aussies win Trans-Tasman golf

The New Zealand senior women’s Trans-Tasman team, pictured in Adelaide with the winning Aussie team.

Cambridge golfer Jill Morgan has returned from a golfing stint in Adelaide, representing New Zealand in a clash against the Aussies for the 2018 Women’s Seniors Trans-Tasman Cup – the first fixture of its kind.

The Cambridge golfer made it onto the inaugural New Zealand women’s senior golf team after winning with the Waikato team at the New Zealand Women’s Masters golf tournament earlier this year.

It was the second time Jill has represented the country in a first-ever national women’s team. Back when women’s hockey was added to the Olympic line-up, Jill made it onto the first New Zealand team to compete at the Olympic Games. That was in 1984, and now in 2018 she’s made it a double-success competing in the first ever Women’s Seniors Trans-Tasman Cup.

“There’s something special about representing your country, and in another sport, I didn’t think that I’d ever – I mean, doing it in one sport is exciting enough!” Jill said ahead of the competition. “The fact that its’ an inaugural team too is really special.”

Jill Morgan, pictured on her home training turf at the Cambridge Golf Club, was representing New Zealand for the second time in an inaugural team.

After a tough battle it was Australia that won the competition, played at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide October 24 – 26. The Australian team defeated New Zealand by a solitary point, 6.5 matches to 5.5 matches.

Australia took a one-point lead into day two after the foursomes and fourball matches on day one, but with six singles matches on the cards today, a winner wasn’t established until the second last match.

The tenaciously fought matches were halved 3-3 on the day, but Australia’s overnight lead was enough to seal the win.

The Women’s Senior Trans-Tasman Cup will be played every two years rotating between Australia and New Zealand, with players needing to be 55 years of age and over to be eligible.

The next match will be played in New Zealand in 2020.

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