NZ defeats AUS to win Astor Trophy

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Australia and New Zealand before the confrontation in Canada. Image: Chuck Russell / Golf Canada

History has been written at the Astor Trophy with New Zealand that claimed the first title after a final confrontation with Australia.

The NZ women took care of business at Royal Colwood Golf Club, Canada, taking the win for the first time since the start of the event in 1959.

In a showdown in "All Blacks v Wallabies" the ladies in black closed the deal with a 3-1 victory in the winner-take-all singles games on Sunday.

The team of four women from Kirsty Hodgkins, Stacey White, Emily Mahar and Amelia Grohn finished in shared second place with South Africa and Great Britain and Ireland.

After the two countries split their two morning four games, it came down to the four singles games.

Australia should win three of the four games to defend their title, last won in 2015 on home soil.

But as the games unfolded, it was not meant for team Australia, with Grohn, from Coffs Harbor, the only winner.

Grohn, who is currently attending Iowa State University, prevailed during her match against Carmen Lim and secured her match 4 and 3 on the 15th.

Amelia Garvey of NZ won the last three holes against Hodgkins to take the game on the 18th green, with Julianne Alvarex later sealing the victory of NZ after beating Mahar 3 & 1.

Wenyung Keh kept her unbeaten record intact with a 3 & 1 win over Stacey White in Brisbane.

New Zealand finished the five-country competition with 3.5 points. Australia, South Africa and Great Britain and Ireland all had two points, while Canada ended with a half point.

Previously known as the Commonwealth Tournament, the Astor trophy is fought every four years between teams of female amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

The next Astor trophy is being held in New Zealand in 2023.

Final results:
1st New Zealand
T2 Australia
T2 South Africa
T2 Great Britain and Ireland
5 Canada


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