THE Cummins District Community Bank Club Championships are much anticipated each season by the Cummins women golfers.
The 36-hole stroke is competition played in consecutive weeks as two 18-hole games.
It’s a mentally tough event to keep your concentration on the ball for all 36 holes.
You could be a rooster one week, and a feather duster the next.
The President’s Cup was also up for contention.
Round one was played last Wednesday in the lovely winter conditions that we’ve been experiencing lately (unfortunately for those desperate for rain).
The championships certainly sorted the players out that day.
Ladies were up the creek, out of bounds, in the bunkers, out the back or caught short.
One particular golfer was up the same proverbial creek three times.
Tiff Firth had a massive drive followed by a sweet second shot on 14 to be inside the rake mark around the cup for two on the par four fairway.
Did she get the birdie? Unfortunately not, the ball stopped just a bee’s whisker short of rolling in the cup for three.
Joan Nelligan’s handicap break the week before had brought her up to B grade level just in time for round one of the championships.
Nelligan is the most experienced woman player at the club and the golfers are so impressed with her elevation to up to the higher grade.
She has had a superb couple of weeks leading up to the championships so hopefully she continues her purple patch.
After the ladies came back and the handicap manager had entered the cards into online system, it was announced Leah Carr had yet another break with her handicap.
Carr’s game has also been in fine fettle this season and it’s a credit to her continued effort to improve her technique.
Carr’s successful day on the fairways with her net 67 won her the President’s Trophy.
Club President Liz Blacker presented Carr with Blacker’s second only soft pink camellia from her garden this season in lieu of the end of year presentation.
There was discussion round the table at the 19th about the superb condition of the sand scrapes at the moment.
Course manager Tom Hull had been out with the four-wheeler and rake at an ungodly hour Wednesday morning to have the scrapes manicured before the ladies arrived for the championships that same morning.
The Cummins lady golfers would very much like to thank him for his effort and appreciate him very much.
The running leader board after round one of the Cummins District Community Bank Club Championships showed A grade Leah Carr sitting on 87 with Lyn Lemmey-Secker close behind with 101.
B grade has Liz Blacker leading way with 96, followed by Joyleen Pedler on 98.
Chris Koch is a front runner for C grade with 114.
Only one nearest the pin was won for the day and that went to B grade player Firth on the fourth.
A lovely drive had the ball settle nicely up near the flag. Firth collected an Eyre Travel ball for her effort.
The novelty for the day was the second shot on nine and Liz Blacker won the chocolate bar for her ball being furthest forward up the fairway.
The second round of the Cummins District Community Bank Club Championships is tomorrow with players assembled ready to tee off by 9.30am. Please bring a share plate for afternoon tea.