Emma Bennett blasts a shot out of the greenside bunker on her way to winning the Ladies Classic, the feature women?s event at t
Emma Bennett blasts a shot out of the greenside bunker on her way to winning the Ladies Classic, the feature women?s event at t

Emma?s Classic win

By GREG WHITE

Before the weekend's Ladies Golf Classic, Victorian visitor Emma Bennett was supremely confident she could make it two straight wins in the tournament.

And so confident were her admirers, Bennett was even compared to the great Makybe Diva.

"I'm very focussed for this," Bennett said, as she went to test the layout.

Bennett not only won the tournament, she blitzed it, leaving one of her biggest fans, club CEO Jeff Cox amazed at her style.

"I don't think she had a moment's worry," Cox said.

"She really is a gifted athlete."

Not only gifted but also consistent.

With cards of 74 and 73, Bennett was the epitome of cool as she wandered her way around the course.

She only led by one stroke at the end of the first day's play but her nearest rival, Queenslander Aimil Bakar raan into trouble on Sunday to slip down the board.

Local hope Emma De Groot might have made things interesting had her first day round mirrored her second.

De Groot roared home with a 74, six strokes under her Saturday card.

Cox said the three top finishers were a class above the rest of the field.

"Bennett was always expected to win," he said.

"The other placings were fairly predictable but the rest of the players had too much ground to make up."

Bennett said it's too early to say if she'd be back in 2006 to attempt a hat trick.

"Possible," she said before being whisked away by her minders.



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