Golf. A longstanding member of the Smithton Ladies Golf Club, Jackie Poke has recently represented the club proudly along the coast.
Held at the Thirlstane Golf Club in late January, the Judy Elphinstone 54 Hole Tournament drew a Division One field of more than 20 golfers to the two day event.
Playing with a handicap of six, Poke placed fourth in round one grossing 83 from the first 18 holes before finishing the second round in third place with 39 from nine holes.
She progressed to second place in round three sitting on a gross of 198 after a 76 point round from 18 holes and finished the fourth and final round on equal second with a total of 242 alongside Karen Calvert of Elderslie, following a 44 point effort from nine holes.
Having competed in the event in past years, including a finish in the top 10, Poke said she was proud to crack the top two.
“I knew I couldn’t catch the first placed player but that I had a chance to get runner up,” she said.
“I felt my score didn’t reflect how I played the first 18 holes but my nine holes on Sunday and the first 18 holes on Monday, I competed really well and played to my handicap.
“I was playing with [Calvert] so tended to match play each hole and better those holes.”
Competing in the North West Championships early last month, Poke was joined by fellow club members Wendy Beattie and Rose Walker.
Two days of 18 hole qualifying rounds at Ulverstone Golf Club tee off the annual championships before players progress to match play rounds and finals.
Poke qualified second in Division One to progress through to the final and earn the runner-up title when she was defeated on the 32nd hole. Meanwhile Walker qualified in Division Two to be knocked out in the first round of match play and Beattie qualified first in the consolation game.