Suzie hits the big time
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
MAKING the cut last week has paved the way for Coffs Harbour's own Suzie Fisher to play in Australia's biggest tournament the ANZ Ladies Masters.
Played at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast, Fisher is dreaming of having her name on the leaderboard alongside the likes of Karrie Webb, Shani Waugh and Laura Davies.
Teeing off this morning will be the culmination of a busy summer for the 24 year-old after playing tournaments in the South Coast, Sydney and in Queensland.
Last week in the Players Championship at Pelican Waters on the Sunshine Coast, Fisher produced some of the best golf that she's played in a while to make the cut and finish 50th which matches her position on the current order of merit.
"It was a pretty big tournament last week with about $200,000 in prizemoney and there were some big names there like Laura Davies," Fisher said yesterday.
"I've come 50th, made the cut and I played pretty well.
"That got me the start at the Masters making the cut there."
This will be Fisher's first start at the Ladies Masters and she admitted that she only got her first look at the Royal Pines layout on Monday.
"I've only had a practice round there on Monday and Tuesday," she admitted.
"It's a lot less challenging layout than the course we just played.
"That one was Greg Norman designed but this one is a bit flatter and should see some better scores."
Now that Fisher has grown accustomed to changes that have been made to her smooth swing over the past year she is gaining in confidence each time she steps on the first tee.
"I've been working pretty hard on that and it's going OK now," she added.
"I'd be happy just go out this week and make the cut but I feel that I'm playing the best I've played in a few years so I'm hoping for a couple of good scores."