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McDonald’s year ‘tracking along nicely’

She has some “work-ons” but Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay No.1 Tessa McDonald is tracking along nicely in her golfing year.

Poverty Bay Golf Club member McDonald consolidated her top ranking in the representative team with an unbeaten record at a recent matchplay interprovincial against Wellington.

She had a win and a half against opponents who beat her in the 2017 fixture.

McDonald defeated Erika Cui 3 and 2 and halved with Darae Chung as Hawke’s Bay’s six-woman squad won the tie 7-5 after trailing 3½-2½.

It was played on different courses, Waipukurau on Day 1 and Bridge Pa on Day 2.

McDonald ended her match against Cui in spectacular fashion, holing out for eagle-3 with a hybrid club from about 175 metres on Waipukurau’s ninth hole (she started on the 11th).

She was back in competitive action at the Ruth Middleton Matamata Open last weekend, this time in strokeplay.

McDonald is a particularly strong matchplayer, as evidenced by her national interprovincials record, but she knows she needs to improve her strokeplay game.

She finished 14th in the 54-hole tournament, carding 237 (79, 82, 76).

“I just couldn’t putt,” she said.

“The greens were quite fast and really tricky.”

Carmen Lim, from the Windross Farm course at Papukura, was a runaway winner on 10-under 206 (69, 66, 71), eight shots clear of the field.

The New Zealand women’s 36-hole foursomes was played at Matamata the Friday before the Ruth Middleton.

McDonald combined with fellow HBPB representative Lucy Owen (a member of Waipawa) and they totalled 165 (84, 81) to place eighth-equal.

Lim and Vivian Lu (Royal Auckland and Grange) won on 141 (70, 71).

McDonald, who wants to play No.1 for HBPB at the national women’s interprovincial at Christchurch Golf Club in December, says she is happy with her all-round game.

But a couple of areas need a bit of work — her short game and the mental side.

Her next major test will be the Kapi Tareha Memorial 54-hole tournament at Napier Golf Club on August 18 and 19.