Rising star takes title

The 2005 Eagle Realty Ocean Shores Ladies Amateur Challenge was won by up and coming amateur golfer, Heidi McCulkin.

Heidi is a member of Women's Golf Australia, Stable of Stars, and she breezed through the first day's play with 71. This was sufficient to break her handicap to scratch.

On the first day, the stroke golfers had the best of the day, hitting off in the morning session, with the afternoon session being played by the two divisions with longer handicaps in the more forgiving stableford.

The stableford players had to contend with very windy conditions.

On the second day, the stableford players played in the first session and had the best of the weather, and the scores echoed the conditions, as the afternoon field had to contend with the gusty, north-westerly winds.

Heidi McCulkin had 75, which was enough to win the tourna- ment (147). Heather Warren, last year's winner, valiently tried to keep up, but finished with acreditable 157. At the presentations, Heather acknowledged she learned a lot from Heidi.

We predict a glittering future for Heidi, who continued on playing great golf in difficult conditions on the second day, with badly blistered feet. Heidi is shortly off to Italy to continue her golf career.

Nett winner was well-known local player Joy Slayter (handicap 12), with a very creditable total of 144.

Joy was closely followed by another Ocean Shores player, Jacqui Chidlow, (handicap 7) with 145.

Second division gross was won by Joan Neate, Ocean Shores (180) with runner-up J. Hassum, Surfers Paradise (182 on count-back) and nett winnerwas Simone Dixon, Ocean Shores (147) closely followed by I Gulliver, Tallebudgera (148 OCB).

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