Wet conditions add challenge to semi-finals

The semi finals for the ladies Club Championships were played in difficult conditions due to constant drizzle last Wednesday at Attamurra. The A Grade players were first to hit off with Jennifer Van Rijthoven continuing her good form against Helen Gregory.

Van Rijthoven was just in the lead at the halfway mark and held on to defeat Gregory 3/2. Last year’s champion, Kerry Pedlar played a past champion, Faye Mainwaring and the former was the victor 4/3. This week will see Rijthoven attempt to win her first championship and Pedlar to make it a consecutive win.

In B Grade, big hitter Anne Headlam defeated experienced finalist Di O’Donnell 4/3. The remaining finalist, Janina Morrison had a very close match with Andrea Pegler. Despite only playing the sport for three years Morrison prevailed after Pegler succumbed on the 17th hole.

The final between Headlam and Morrison will be an interesting match with both players having their strengths. In the C grade, Donna Jennings played veteran Lois Harvey. Jennings, who has had better days on the course could not counteract Harvey’s straight game and lost 7/6.

Mary Kentish played Heather Chapman and her long game was too strong. Harvey will play Kentish in what could be a close game for the C grade championship. Five D grade players will contest a stableford round for the D grade championship.

Those not playing in the finals had the opportunity to play a stableford round and Maxine McGregor claimed the winners’ voucher with 31 points from Yvonne Shirley on a countback from Betty McKechnie.

At least 23 women, including four from Portland, played a stableford round on Saturday. Sharran Waters recorded a win with 37 points despite two wipes from runner-up, Janina Morrison with 34 points.

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