Golf. Smithton Ladies Golf Club has been well represented in tournaments across the state recently. Members Judy Bramich and Wendy Beattie competed in the Drummond Golf Masters competition in Hobart while Jackie Poke represented the region at the North West 36 Hole Stroke held in Devonport earlier this month.
Played at the Royal Hobart and Tasmania golf clubs from Sunday January 7 to Friday January 12, the masters event welcomed players from interstate as well as international participants to try their luck with two rounds on each course.
Beattie, who has competed at the event for more than a decade, finished the competition third in her division while Bramich, in her second shot at the annual event, finished as runner up.
Playing in Division Three against more than 80 opponents, Bramich played with accuracy and finesse to earn the runner up points as well as a day four win.
“They are both challenging courses in different ways,” she says of the 18 holes played each day.
“The Royal (Hobart) had so many bunkers – and of course I found most of them – but we have bunkers at Smithton so that made it easier. A lot of people had no hope of getting out of them.”
While her performances varied throughout the competition, including two “mediocre” rounds on days two and three, Bramich says she was proud to claim the runner up title.
“I wish I had have played better during the middle two days, but that’s golf. I played extremely well the last day – I had a grin from ear to ear.”
At the other end of the state, Poke took part in the prestigious state classed 36 hole event.
Playing with a handicap of six against state representative and A Grade players from around Tasmania, she took the competition in her stride and finished the second day in third to finish the competition in fifth overall.
“I went into the event not expecting too much,” she says.
“I played to my handicap each day, with a 79 and 78 gross . . . I’m pretty happy with my performance.
“It definitely helps to know the course. This course would be a lot harder than ours, it has a ranking, or a slope rating, of 121 whereas Smithton is 111.”
Poke now looks ahead to the Judy Elphinstone 54 Hole Event at Thurlestone Golf Club this weekend.