Rhonda Magner makes her acceptance speech after winning the Qantaslink Ladies Amateur Classic at Bonville Golf Resort.
Rhonda Magner makes her acceptance speech after winning the Qantaslink Ladies Amateur Classic at Bonville Golf Resort.

Ladies link up for amateur classic

THE QantasLink Ladies Amateur Golf Classic attracted the largest field of players since it was first held in 1997.

Bonville Golf Resort played host to 218 ladies who took part in the 36 hole event including golfers from as far away as Alice Springs, Tasmania and Far North Queensland.

The ladies were vying for more than $11,000 worth of prizes while still having fun playing on the course.

Most of the entrants returned from playing in the event in previous years and all wanted to enjoy playing on the award winning layout that has been voted Australia’s most beautiful mainland golf course 10 years in a row by The Golf Course Guide.

One of the players who returns to Bonville year in and year out claimed the major prize for the weekend.

Event veteran Rhonda Magner from the Concord Golf Club claimed the title of Division 1 winner.

Magner showed a great ability to bounce back overnight after trailing by a few shots after the first day’s play.

Trailing by such a margin meant Magner had the rare distinction of claiming the prize without being in one of the seeded groups that traditionally end the tournament.

Magner may have won the event once in 2009 but the win held a special place in her heart considering that she had also finished runner-up in this event a staggering seven times.

With a gross score for the weekend of 164, Magner avoided a playoff defeating fellow Concord Golf Club member Margaret Bain-Smith by two shots. Magner admitted that she was ecstatic to again win the trophy at Bonville as she loves the course so much that she plays more than 10 rounds a year on the challenging layout.

The nett winner and runner-up in Division 1 was a pair of Coffs Harbour members.

Lynda Butler finishing with a nett 137, 10 shots ahead of Bev Smith.



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