The final day of the District Senior Championships was held at the picturesque Federal Golf Club. The weather was largely benign with the rain generally holding off until later in the afternoon. While the greens were not as fast as usual, they were rock hard making holding the ball on the greens difficult. Despite relatively friendly tee and pin placements, the scoring was not as good as might have been expected.
The overnight leader Jill Blenkey (Newcastle Golf Club H/C 5) ) shot a five over 78 for a three day total score of 232. After 38 strokes on the front nine, Jill would have thought she had the title sown up for the third year in succession. But four bogeys on the back nine made the final result a lot closer than she would have expected.
Jill held off Helen Pascoe (Buninyong H/C 1) who shot 77 to finish on a three day total of 234. But had it not been for a quadruple bogey eight on the easy 5th hole, things could have been very different. In third place for the scratch competition was Jacqui Morgan (Monash H/C 2) on a three day total of 235 and Pauline Jeffery on 240.
In the net competition, Pauline Jeffery (Queanbeyan H/C 8) shot net 75 for a three day net score of 216. Things became a bit wobbly for Pauline on the back none with three double bogeys and three bogeys. But Pauline’s lead was enough to win the net event by one shot from Jill Blenkey; eight shots from Monash’s Jennifer Roberts (H/C 16) on 224; and 10 shots from Lyn Bennett (Gosnells H/C 12) on 226.
Shooting a third round of 73, Mark Pearson (Mona Vale H/C zero) ran away with the scratch event with a three day total of four over 219. Mark’s length off the tee and steady putting was a feature of his play. He won by eight shots from Ross Bockman (Long Reef H/C 1).
Third was Paul Mathews (Yass H/C 3) a further two shots back on 229 and fourth was leading Order of Merit player Ken Brewer (Concord H/C 3) on 230.
The net competition was a lot tighter with Wagga’s Peter Zotti (H/C 8) storming home with a net 69 for a three day net score of two under 212. Peter was remarkably consistent shooting net 73, 70 and 69 over the three days.
He won by one stroke from the unlucky John Stephens (Mollymook H/C 11); by four shots from Graham Leake (Shell Cove H/C 5) and seven shots from Ross Rees (Royal Canberra H/C 4).