Cloudy course?s silver lining
MURWILLUMBAH golfer Brianna Malcomson managed to overcome both the elements and one of NSW's most challenging golf courses to claim the 2007 NSW Golf Silver Cup.
Playing at the NSW Golf Course in Sydney, Malcomson struck the course on a day made more for ducks than golf, but managed to maintain her focus and concentration to claim the both the Amateur Bowl and the Silver Cup in the tournament in late February.
The former Murwillumbah junior posted a three over 76 to win scratch and the Amateur Bowl and a 73 net to win the Cup for best net.
Her efforts also saw her reduce her handicap to two, not a bad effort on a course which she described as "one of the best I have ever played".
"It's a course which requires a fair amount of accuracy in your shots and to make a good score, it was a day for those who could manipulate their game to suit the conditions," Malcomson said.
"Being only a one-day event, the key was to hold my concentration, limit my mistakes and not have a major blow out.
"I have done a fair amount of work with my coach, Mark Gibson at Royal Pines, especially on my putting and that really paid off."
Now on a break, Malcomson is looking forward to her next assignment, tackling the qualifying round for the Australian Amateur Championships at the Terry Hills Golf Course.
If successful qualifying, Malcomson will then return to the NSW Golf Course for the matchplay set-up of the Australian Amateur final.
The it will be a case of planning for a major move in her life when she takes up a golf scholarship at the famous Penn State University in the United States.
"The scholarship will allow me to study and play over there for four years at one of the top 50 golfing universities in America," Malcomson said.
"I'm not quite sure as to what exactly I want to study but my sporting goal is to try and finally qualify for the LPGA tour."