Bernie is in the swing of it
THE children might worry about their golfing handicaps but for Bernie Antcliff it is all about getting out on the course and enjoying it.
The trouble is, she has found out that she is not too bad a player.
“My husband (Louie) always played,” she said.
“I just couldn’t see the point of chasing a little white ball all the way around a course.”
Now she can see the point and enjoys doing it at least once a week.
She is not alone, as the surname Antcliff is seen regularly on the local golf courses, with her children also top golfers.
Under the old system, Antcliff was sitting on a 17 handicap but currently, under the new one, she is on a 22.
She is happy with that as the game is more about the fun she gains from the sport than collecting championship wins.
Not that she doesn’t have a few victories.
Her biggest triumph was the B-grade closed championship win at Yeppoon in 2007.
Winning a tournament on the home course is always special and Antcliff admits she loves playing at the Yeppoon Golf Club.
She has a special liking for the 14th hole.
“It is a short par-four,” she said.
“This is the hole where I plan to drive on to the green.”
While admitting her drive is her favourite shot, Antcliff said that is why she has a liking for this particular hole.
She said she has yet to be successful but on one occasion she did see her ball pull up about 50 metres short and that enabled her to get a birdie.
Full Name Bernie Antcliff
Home Club: Yeppoon
Started Playing At the Age of: 37
Current Handicap: 22
Lowest Handicap: 22
Driver: Callaway Big Bertha
Driver Loft: 10%
Driver Shaft: Regular Flex
My Irons: Wilson Staff
My Putter: Wilson Staff
Favourite Iron: 4
Favourite Golf Club: Driver
Favourite Ball: Callaway Warbird
Favourite Shot: Drive
Favourite Course Played: Tweed Heads Coolangatta West Course
Favourite Golf Hole Played: No. 14 Yeppoon
Course Like To Play In Australia: Royal Melbourne
Course Like To Play In the World: St. Andrews
Most Memorable Win: Yeppoon B-grade Closed Championships
Who Would You Like To Have a Round of Golf with: Lorene Ochea
Favourite Drink: Red wine
Favourite Food: T-Bone steak with mushroom gravy
Other Sport Played: Tennis, Swimming, Cricket, Athletics
Other Sport You Watch on Television: Tennis, Swimming, Athletics
Favourite Team: Melbourne Storm NRL