Locals do it best

Smithton Ladies Golf Club’s Jill Dixon (centre) beat inter and intrastate competition in claiming the Marie Lord Memorial Smithton Bowl Division One title on Saturday. Locals Jan Kay (right) and Cynthia Marshall followed this lead winning Division Two and Three respectively. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Golf. Smithton Ladies Golf Club saw three members – Jill Dixon, Jan Kay and Cynthia Marshall – take out top honours at the weekend’s Marie Lord Memorial Smithton Bowl.

Now in its 22nd year, the annual event welcomed golfers from across Tasmania and from Victorian clubs Lakeside Ladies and Cheltenham to compete for the prestigious title.

Dixon placed first in Division One on Saturday, followed by Kay and Marshall in Division Two and Three respectively. Sunday saw Smithton’s Jackie Poke and Craig Clark steal a convincing win in the Bev O’Halloran Memorial Mixed Canadian Foursome.

Dixon held on throughout the 27-hole grand event, with strong competition chasing her during the first 18 holes.

Kay was just one stroke ahead of her fellow golfers after 18 holes in the Division Two competition and despite a slightly weaker final nine holes, she remained resilient.

Marshall lead the field throughout Division Three’s entire 27 holes, and according to Smithton Ladies Golf Club president Heather Inness “thoroughly deserved her win”.

“Jackie and Craig played flawless golf on Sunday to finish with a par score,” she said.

Receiving outstanding feedback from the Victorian golfers on the course’s condition and Smithton’s “kind” hospitality, many said they were keen to return for future events.

“Overall the weekend proved to be highly successful. The camaraderie, good weather and great condition of the course proved to be a winning formula for our event.”

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