BIG WIN: Cathy Simmers, Meryl Boneham and Helen Knuth won the 2009 Gertrude McLeod event for Rockhampton Golf Club.
BIG WIN: Cathy Simmers, Meryl Boneham and Helen Knuth won the 2009 Gertrude McLeod event for Rockhampton Golf Club. Megan Lewis/Morning Bulletin

Cathy plays ball to claim golf event

CONSISTENCY is the key to winning golf and that is exactly what Cathy Simmers produced to win in the 2009 Gertrude McLeod event.

The prestigious Golf Queensland event was held recently at the Oxley Golf Club with women players competing by invitation, having reached a level at their own club that qualified their entry in the various sections.

When it came to the final, Central Queenslanders were to the fore gaining high placings for the tournament.

Simmers, whose home course is Rockhampton Golf Club, was playing in Division Two of the event, for golfers with a handicap of between 19 and 29, and was the winner by four shots.

A nett score of 64, eight under par, was too hot for the rest of the field and she romped to victory ahead of Caboolture’s Shona Kilby.

The Rockhampton club also featured in Division One, handicaps of 0 to 18, where Helen Knuth finished runner-up to Wantima’s Barbara Hopkins.

Knuth fired a round of two under par, but her nett score proved to be three shots off the pace. Since the start of 2009 Knuth has reduced her handicap from 23 to 14 and is one of the club’s big improvers.

Merryl Boneham then made it a Rockhampton “trifecta” by taking the runner-up position in Division Three for golfers with handicaps between 30 and 45.

Boneham was beaten by Yeppoon’s Julie Bowden by two shots but was compensated for that disappointment as the Rockhampton Club won the teams event.

Remarkably, Simmers and Boneham attended a learner’s clinic as recently as 2008.

Scores for the Teams Event were on best two rounds. It gave Rocky an aggregate score of 133, eleven under par.



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