Women display the joy of golf
COOLANGATTA Tweed Heads Golf Club hosted the three-day ladies championship tournament with perfect conditions enabling entrants to tee off without a hitch.
The event, which ran from June 8-15, attracted a field of 145 contestants across various age groups, starting at 11 years through to 82 years.
Brianna Malcolmson drove the ball accurately and managed to collect double honours as division one club champion but also division one nett runner-up.
Mum Sharyn said Brianna started golfing when she was nine at Murwillumbah Golf Course.
“She has always enjoyed it and she has been competing in junior tournaments since she was 10,” she said.
“In 2004 when she was 15 years old, she made the New South Wales state junior team and we are very proud of her achievements.”
The dream of becoming a professional golfer is starting to materialise for the 21-year-old who is on a sporting scholarship at Pennsylvania State University studying a Bachelor degree in security and risk – cyber security.
Malcolmson said since she was back at the Tweed for the summer break, she decided to compete in her home club's championships.
“I have been playing in America for a state team and it's good to have a game at home since I am here. I have been playing (in the US) for three years now,” she said.
Malcolmson has a handicap of four, trains 15 hours per week and is coached by Mark Gibson at Royal Pines at Benowa.
Club president Carolyn Holmes said golfers had an excellent contest over the 18 holes each day and conditions were brilliant.
“We had really good days but the first two days were a bit chilly and we had two alternate courses, river west or west river ... essentially it was three rounds on two courses,” she said.
“There were quite a number of good scores coming through and it was a tight competition.”
With many swinging their clubs to success, two golfers proved age is no barrier ... 11-year-old Tyla Smith claimed the title of nett winner of division two and 82-year-old Hazel Moran triumphed as nett winner in division three.
Holmes said there were two other local juniors competing in the tournament and it was good to have young people involved in the sport.
“There was Beccy Kay who is also 11 years old and 15-year-old Michelle Gunawan who was gross runner-up in division one.”
Holmes had spectacular results, winning four events: Division one veteran nett winner, Mavis Rankin Perpetual Trophy – veterans only best nett score 36 holes in first and second rounds, Elsie Morley Bowl – all players with best nett score 36 holes in second and third rounds, and division one nett winner.
A number of other golfers with top results were awarded with trophies, vases, platters and gift vouchers.