PORT Lincoln golfer Janet Whittaker has returned from her fifth Alice Springs Masters Games last week with a gold medal.
Mrs Whittaker, who took part in all the golf events at the games, went to her first Alice Springs Masters Games in 2004, from which she came back with a bronze medal.
This year, she came home from the games with a gold medal in the over 75 women’s stroke competition and said she she felt good about winning.
Mrs Whittaker promised her partner when he died, that she would go back to the games, and admitted this time around, she wanted to win gold.
“I just thought if I don’t make it back again, at least I have got one,” she said.
She said one of the things she found most enjoyable about the masters games was how friendly the competition was.
“Everyone there has a spark, it’s a very social and happy place,” she said.
“Alice Springs is a beautiful place as well, I enjoy playing up there and catching up with everyone.”
Mrs Whittaker said her friends were excited for her and she had received plenty of encouragement from members at her golf club.
“‘It’s not the years of your life that count, it’s the life in your years,’ that is a quote from Abraham Lincoln but I think that’s the one thing you can take away from the games,” she said.