Emma blitzes field


IF ANYONE doubted youngster Emma de Groot's ability to handle the pressure of leading going into the last round of the Coffs Harbour women's golf club championship, then surely all doubts were erased within nine holes.

The newly crowned champion was even with the card after her outward nine as she turned her six shot lead at the start of the final day into a massive victory with a final margin of 16 strokes.

"At the start of the 17th I remember standing on the tee and thinking 'I'm going to need to do something pretty stupid not to win from here'," de Groot said.

For someone chasing her first title, de Groot admitted that she didn't feel any pressure from the occasion until the final hole.

"On the 18th green I saw my coach standing there and I thought 'Phew, I didn't five putt in front of him'."

The next challenge facing de Groot is a tournament in Armidale where she will be trying to qualify for the state's All School's team.

Final A grade standings (3rd Round score in brackets): Emma de Groot 238 (76), Gloria Hickey 254 (86), Louise Frame 255 (83), Gail de Groot 267 (86), Gabrielle Gibson 267 (92).

n After 35 years of entering the Club Championships, Colleen Gill can now finally see her name on the honour board of champions.

Two chip ins during the final round on the 8th and 12th holes helped to pave the way for Gill to overhaul leaders Ada Lynch and Lynn Simmons and win by three strokes, allowing her to win her first championship trophy.

"I suppose I should thank the club for changing the A grade handicap from 22 to 20," Gill Said.

"That change meant they kicked me out from A grade."

Final B grade standings: Colleen Gill 296 (97), Ada Lynch 299 (104), Jessie Miller 300 (101), Lynn Simmons 302 (107), Gwilma Wenton 305 (102).

n Dropping eight shots off her handicap since returning to the game in March was a fair pointer that Robyn Brindle was a good chance of winning the C Grade title at Coffs Harbour.

Brindle ended up being 10 shots better than any of the other members in her section, but just as she appears to be hitting her stride, she'll be taking a short break from the game.

Fishing for the next month in Far North Queensland with her husband is Brindle's priority now.

"I'll pack a sand wedge, a five iron and some pink balls as well as the rod," she said.

"They'll need to be pink so I can find them in the sand."

Final C grade standings: Robyn Brindle 339 (117), Paula Lennon 349 (116), Annette Swadling 351 (120), Lesley Lanyon 351 (124), Sandy Briggs 355 (119).

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