Gladstone’s Kym Purcell goes for power during the Queensland Women’s Country Foursomes at the Capricorn Resort yesterday.
Gladstone’s Kym Purcell goes for power during the Queensland Women’s Country Foursomes at the Capricorn Resort yesterday. Nikita Watts

Women golfers liking resort course

THE  ladies got their first look at the greens and fairways of the two courses at Capricorn Resort Yeppoon and most of the scores suggest they took a liking to it.

While the 2011 Women's Country Championship Stroke Play Championship, to be played over 36 holes, begins this morning, the large field tested conditions yesterday in the Country Foursomes.

Not all players were at their sparkling best with reports coming in of a completed round of 149 off the stick and also a score of 27 shots recorded on a par four hole.

There is one good thing for these golfers, who organisers decided it was in everybody's best interest not to name – there is every chance they will show improvement.

Golf operations officer for Golf Queensland, Jay Townsend, said he was happy with the condition of the two courses.

“The courses are in pretty good condition considering the rain they've had. There is a bit of dampness in the rough,” he said.

Adding to the difficulties yesterday was the strong breeze but Townsend said it should have had little effect.

“By the time they teed off the wind was pretty constant,” he said.

Winners on the first day were golfers who did not have to travel too far to enter the event.

In the gross competition Shae Holmes is from Mackay while the nett competition had a Boyne Island player Toni Kucktin in the winners' circle.

Firing an ominous warning to her fellow competitors was Rockhampton golfer Trudi Petrie who was runner-up, with Betsy Harman, in the gross section, five shots behind Holmes and Aileen Bell.

However, it is the Stroke Play Championship that is the main prize for golfers with almost 400 nominations and competition across two handicap grades, 0-18 and 19-29, while a stableford competition is run in conjunction for handicaps 30-45.

The ladies will tee off at 6.30am with, if the wind continues, the championship course offering better protection from the elements than the more open resort course.



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