The day dawned with a freezing, north-westerly wind and overcast skies, this did not augur well for the club’s first women’s stroke tournament. Players assembled in the rooms with many keeping a wary eye on the weather.  By 9.30 the day looked a little better, the sun was beginning to break through, the clouds were moving on and the wind was slowly quietening down.  Once out on the course the field found the fairways well covered but a little soft and there was some casual water around a few greens, “relief, too a hand-span” was given.  The greens were quite damp so putting required real commitment or players risked ending up well short of the cup. Length in the air and accuracy around the greens was vital.  It was going to be a tough day to card a good score.

RGC was very pleased to join with the Bendigo Bank who sponsored the club’s inaugural women’s stroke event.  The bank was represented by Ken Allender who spoke about the Bendigo Bank’s willingness to support women in sport and their wish to be a long term sponsor of RGC Women’s Stroke event. 14 clubs from Dalhousie and surrounding districts were represented.  On a surprisingly clear and warm day, after a few very challenging holes, the results were;

2019 Romsey Women’s Open Champion – Jenny Vennel (Lancefield) – 90

with tournament Co-ordinator Darlene Baker and Ken Allender (Bendigo Bank)

A Grade Stroke; Marg Fahey (Alexandra) – 92

A Grade Handicap; Lisa Caines (Broadford) – 98/19/79

B Grade Stroke; Saowapa McDowell (Growling Frog) – 103

B Grade Handicap; Jill Banon – 105/23/82

C Grade Winner; Bev Bellman (Marysville) – 30 pts

C Grade Runner-up; Wendy Caramarco (Goonawarra) – 24 pts

NTPs; 3rd – Sandy Wicking (Kilmore), 15th – Jillian Chandler (Marysville)

2nd shot 16th; Marg Fahey