Coffs golfers fairway in front of junior rivals
PLAYING the 2006 Adina Watches 54 Hole Junior/Colt Open at Coffs Harbour certainly proved a handy home course advantage for local members Chris Holder and Emma de Groot.
Both won the gross title in their respective categories and picked up a nice watch each for their troubles.
The 15 year-old Holder held out Inverell's Brett Drewitt by a single stroke to clinch the 15 years and under section.
"Playing at Coffs Harbour helped a little bit," the Christian Community student admitted.
"I practice just about every day and because I know the course, I know the places where you're not to hit it."
To win the girls' section, de Groot was locked in a battle down the stretch with Korean born Hannah Kim who hails from the Hills club.
Eventually de Groot was able to shake off the challenge to record a three-shot victory.
"I hit it pretty good actually, there were just a couple of dumb holes including the random double I made," she said afterwards.
"In the end it was just like match play with the girl who came second.
"If she made a bogey then I'd try to make a par that sort of thing."
Considering the tournament was played at the beginning of winter with some early morning frosts already arriving, de Groot couldn't praise the condition of the course enough.
"The course was really good," she said.
"The greens were tough to read as a couple went the other way to what you thought but they were pretty true.
"It was about as good as it gets."
Both of the winners are now setting themselves for the state's age championships to be held in four weeks time at Murwillumbah and Mullumbimby.