NICE PUTT: Julie Page roles in a putt on her way to the Division 1 nett title.
NICE PUTT: Julie Page roles in a putt on her way to the Division 1 nett title. Ewan Leighton

Tough finish to championships

IT was more a battle against the elements than the other competitors on Saturday as Stanthorpe's finest female golfers took to the course for the final round of the Stanthorpe Ladies Golf Championship.

Battling windy, miserable conditions competitors managed to hold their nerve, and with a little luck from the weather gods, were able to finish the competitions final round despite the wind sending many shots wayward.

It was a case of first time lucky for the club's newest member Sandra Ellis who was crowned the 2012 Stanthorpe Ladies Club Champion and Division 1 Gross winner.

Ellis played well the entire tournament and was able to hold off the competition on the final day to claim the top honours.

As predicted, Division 2 went down to the wire in a great competition.

Christine Welstead and Neta Thouard were neck and neck for most of the tournament and after the 18 holes of the final round they were tied.

So, with the other ladies relaxing in the warmth of the clubhouse, Welstead and Thouard were at it again in a three hole play-off.

Once again the ladies were event, but it was Thouard who finally prevailed on the third play off hole.

After an exciting 21 holes of golf, Thouard narrowly won the Division 2 Gross.

Division 3 had Madeline Jarman defend her narrow lead to win from Trish Fittock.

Overall it had been a great feat for the three golfers who have now notched their first club championships.

Kay Webb won the Veteran Gross for the fourth year in a row.

Congratulations must go to all participants for making the championships so thrilling.

The men's championships will tee off on May 12.

Overall winner: Sandra Ellis (Club Champion).

Gross winners: Sandra Ellis (overall), Neta Thouard (Division 2) and Madeline Jarman (Division 3).

Nett winners: Julie Page (Division 1), Lynette Ludlow (Division 2) and Jeannette Andrewartha (Division 3).

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