Foley, 13, takes Qld golf title

EMERGING golf star Samantha Foley proved age was no barrier after taking out the 2011 Queensland Women's Country Championships yesterday.

The 13-year-old Foley was in superb touch, birdying the final hole of the tournament to finish on top of the leaderboard after the two-days play tied with Rockhampton golfer Trudi Petrie.

Foley (79, 72) and Petrie (77, 74) were locked-up at 151, seven over par, after 36 holes of competition at the exquisite Capricorn Resort course, Yeppoon.

The youngest winner of the championships in its 79-year history, Foley finished the first day's play four strokes behind overnight leader Eileen Bell after shooting a 79 on the Resort course.

Foley enjoyed the switch to the Championship Course for the final round and stormed home on the back nine holes, birdying the 12th, 15th and the 18th hole to finish level with Petrie.

The Warwick club member avoided a play-off with Petrie, after Rockhampton's premier golfer was unable to compete due to prior commitments. Rose Bay's Bell finished in third place with a combined 153 two strokes back from Foley and Petrie.

Foley proved too good on the day for the 79 competitors in the silver division, while Yeppoon Golf Club took a clean sweep of the bronze 1 division.

Yeppoon golfer Sheryl Hocking (combined 186) finished one stroke ahead of club mate Jean Breakspere (187) and Tricia Delforce who finished two strokes back with 188.

In the Bronze 2 Stableford division, Nambour Golf Club's Beverley Maddison won the division with a combined 74 nett for the two rounds ahead 125, while Julenne Corsboon from Rockhampton Golf Club shot a combined 73 nett to finish in second.

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