Shelly Beach’s Cath Stolz has blitzed the field with an even-par 72 to win the Hunter River District Championship at Cypress Lakes yesterday.
Stolz knew it was her day when she got lucky with her approach shot on her second hole of the day, a tricky par 3 with a narrow sloping green.
“I didn’t trust the yardage, so I hit an extra club and I hit it long, into the gumtree at the back of the green and it bounced back onto the green, so I guess that sort of sums up my day,” she laughed.
Stolz said if the ball had remained long, it would have been “dead”, as there is a steep embankment leading down into thick bush at the back of the green. The golfing gods, she admitted, were with her as she proceeded to immediately fire off four birdies to set up the win.
“It was just one of those days where everything went well and it was just good fun.”
Stolz admitted to struggling with the flatstick, three-putting four greens, but said her iron play saved the day.
“I probably hit six or seven iron shots into the greens and was left with tap-in putts so that was the best part of my game.”
Cypress Lakes was a tough test for the competitors, with only three players out of 103 participants managing to score better than their handicap.
While the tournament awards an overall champion, there is also a prize for the best player from the Hunter River District Association.
For the second time, Lyn Banks from Scone was the winner, while the Overall nett Champion with a nett 66 was Cath Stolz.
The Closed Nett Champion was, also for the second time, Tania Davis from the Vintage.
The Division Two winner was Linda McDougall from Pacific Dunes, while Dungog’s Renea Kerr won the Division Three title.
Day two of the Hunter River Championships continues today with the Foursomes event at Hunter Valley Golf Club.