FAIR WAY: Former pro golfer Trudi Petrie will contest today’s Easter Classic, but it’s the golfing rivalry with husband Jim which is her main motivation.
FAIR WAY: Former pro golfer Trudi Petrie will contest today’s Easter Classic, but it’s the golfing rivalry with husband Jim which is her main motivation. Chris Ison Rokcgolf

ON PAR WITH THE PETRIES

COMPETITION in Saturday's Easter Classic will be tough, but that's nothing compared to the golfing rivalry in the Petrie household.

Husband Jim, who plays off a handicap of six, won the tournament in 2013 and is hoping to emulate that effort this year. If he does, he will not only regain the classic crown, but also reclaim the Petries' own "household champion" title.

Talking to Jim's wife, Trudi, it's hard to know which is the most coveted.

"We are very competitive against each other when it comes to golf," Trudi said.

"We have a traditional 'household champion' mantle, which is keenly contested."

So, who is the champion in the Petrie house?

"Myself at the moment," Trudi laughed.

Trudi will also compete in today's classic, off a handicap of one. She has competed in the tournament every year since the couple were posted to Rockhampton with the Army in 2009. Ever modest, Trudi can't recall if she has won the ladies division of the classic.

"I could have done," Trudi said. "I'm not sure."

Growing up in Dirranbandi, Trudi fell in love with the game from an early age watching her parents play every weekend. Trudi went on to represent Queensland and Australia as an amateur and then played professionally in Japan and Australia. With 35 years' golfing experience since the days at Dirranbandi, Trudi is a good judge of a golf course.

"Rockhampton is a reasonably difficult course," she said. "There are no easy holes out there. It's rather long and Rocky only has one par five which you can reach in two shots. That's your best chance of a birdie. There are not many possibilities for birdie after that."

These days, Trudi plays golf simply for the love of the game. She is no longer interested in titles or trophies. Unless of course, it is the Petrie House Champion.

Big field to contest classic

 More 225 golfers will contest the Ian Weigh Toyota/4RO Easter Classic today at the Rockhampton Golf Club.

 The large amateur field will play for more than $2000 in prizes.



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