Joy claims course record
THE next time Joy Lawrence tells you about one of her dreams take notice of what she says.
The Sawtell Golf Club member dreamed that she would one day shoot the course record and lo and behold she did.
Recording a two-over par 74, Lawrence equalled the round produced by Wollongong’s Lynne Townsend two and a half years completely making a mockery of her handicap of 11.
“I dreamt about it, I knew I was capable of it, it was just highly improbable,” Lawrence admitted this week.
“For somebody on an 11 handicap that just doesn’t happen. You might have 10, 11 or 12 good holes then something goes wrong.”
On this day though very little went wrong, particularly around the greens where Lawrence only used her putter an incredible 23 times.
“Unbelievable,” was the only way she could describe her day with the blade.
“It didn’t matter where I was, even if I had a right to left 20-footer, it went in.
“I think I had 11 one-putts.”
Having played for 17 years, Lawrence was fully aware that the course record was a 74 and she was the first to admit that the excitement of having such a day nearly got the better of her late in her round.
“I started to get really nervous after the putt sank on the 15th and the bells started going off in my head ‘Oh my god I’m only one-over’ with three holes to play but then the nerves kicked in and I bogeyed 16 and 17,” she said. Those bogeys meant that a birdie was required on the par-5 18th hole.
The right-hander had already sunk three birdies and she faced a 10-foot putt on the last green to etch her name into the club’s record books.
The rest as they is history.