Juniors ready to leave their mark
A YOUNG set of hands is expected to wrap around the 2011 Rockhampton Capricorn Investment Partners Ltd City of Rockhampton Open Ladies Championship trophy.
Rockhampton Golf Club vice-president Dell Bunt said the rising crop of female golfers in the region, led by 15-year-old Sarah Weston, would make it difficult for the 100-strong field in the Ladies Championship which begins at Rockhampton Golf Club tomorrow.
Weston, who plays off a handicap of 15, will certainly be in contention, while former club champion Mary Granville’s local knowledge will put her in good stead.
Another serious contender is Rockhampton and Yeppoon Golf Club member Mia Martin, playing off 17 and who Bunt believes is in good touch.
“She’s hitting a very nice ball and she’s certainly got the course knowledge,” Bunt said.
Trudi Petrie won last year’s Open with a record round of 74, but the reigning champion and the region’s number one women’s player is unavailable for this year’s tournament.
Bunt said without Petrie in the field, the competition would be hotly contested.
“We’ve got a couple of junior golfers there that I think will be in the running,” Bunt said.
“With Trudi being away it has really thrown it wide open.
“While we’d love to have her playing, because we want the best players playing in it, it’s going to give someone an opportunity.”
The Rockhampton Optical Bowl four-ball best-ball stroke event, which begins today provides the perfect warm-up for the Rockhampton Open Ladies Championship.
Bunt said the Rockhampton Golf Club course was in near-perfect condition despite flooding earlier in the year.
“The course has recovered magnificently after the rain,” Bunt said.
The B grade championship is also wide open with reigning champion Bunt, Lori Donaldson, Barb Dickinson and Gladstone’s Halina Beale all in contention.