Coast?s Collins makes golf comeback
By RACHAEL BORICH
YEPPOON golfer Trudi Col- lins has passed through her teenage "sick of it'' phase and is loving golf again.
Collins was one of 22 girls, aged from 10 to 17 years, at- tending an all-girls golf clinic at Rydges Capricorn Resort last weekend.
The 16-year-old, who plays off an eight handicap, first hit the golf course as a five-year- old in Blackwater tagging along with her mum, Lynelle.
"I was a bit tired after two holes,'' Collins said.
Collins has almost played ever since.
"As a teenager I got a bit sick of it.''
Her golfing passion has now been reignited and two days of learning about sports psychology, nutrition, and some handy golf tips, has Col- lins back in the game.
Collins was particularly in- terested in the psychology. "I never thought of the game like that,'' she said.
Collins received a bonus for the weekend, named in Cen- tral Queensland's Junior Jug six-member squad, to be culled to three players before the June tournament.
Also selected were Rock- hampton's Natalie Gregson and Jessica Jonassen, Biloe- la's Casey Spillman, Spring- sure's Brooke O'Keefe and Yeppoon's Katie Buttery.
Collins, O'Keefe and former Clermont golfer Sheree Has- son, now with the Queensland Academy of Sport in Bris- bane, won last year's Jug title at Calliope.
Taking top honours in the Ladies Team Challenge three-day event at Rydges Capricorn Resort last Friday was Gladstone's The Booby Birds team (Anne Fenton, Maxine Gilbert, Carmel Clark and Halina Beale).
Second was Bundaberg's Bargara Birdies (Maxine Cot- ter, Stacey McDuff, Christine Bloem, Leonie Collins) and third was the local defending champions, the Trifecta Fil- lies (Jean Breakspere, Leslie Wilson, Jocelyn Lederhose, Shirley Clark).
The event hosted 120 players. McDuff (101) won individual honours from Breakspere (97) and Cotter (96).