Memorial golf champions

Smithton Country Club golfers Wendy Beattie and Jackie Poke (second and third from left) earned the A Grade title and runner-up place at the Marie Lord Memorial Smithton Bowl on Saturday with Wynyard’s Kaye Forsyth (left) winning B Grade and New Norfolk’s Ashley Youd taking out C Grade. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Event. Smithton Country Club’s Wendy Beattie and Jackie Poke have taken top honours at the Marie Lord Memorial Smithton Bowl.

Earning A Grade winner and runner-up respectively, the B Grade title was won by Wynyard’s Kaye Forsyth and C Grade by New Norfolk’s Ashley Youd.

Having played with the Smithton Country Club for some 25 years, Saturday’s event was Beattie’s first. The title holds a special place in her heart now given she played alongside Marie in her early years.

Poke however is no stranger to the locally acclaimed event, first competing in the bowl two decades ago and earning third place last year.

This follows a stellar performance at the North West Championships held in Devonport in mid-February. Throughout the four-day event, Poke met with some of the state’s best golfers before earning the title on 35th hole. It had been a decade since Poke last won the 36 hole championship event in 2007, with five runner-up places under her belt also.

Close to 40 women from across the state and Victoria met at the Smithton Country Club on Saturday for the local 27 hole event.

Impressed with the high standard of competition and immaculate green, Forsyth complimented the club for hosting the spectacle.

“One could call it a perfect day on the course,” she said.

The Bev O’Halloran Memorial Mixed Canadian Foursome followed on Sunday with Craig Clark and Youd taking out the event, and Brian and Jill Dixon earning runner-up.

This weekend will see the men take to the green on Saturday for the Neil Wells Memorial Four-Ball-Best-Ball Stableford before the Smithton Barker Bowl tournament will be run throughout Sunday and Monday.

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