Date: May 15, 2011
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Dewhurst wins Arafura gold, Massey sets record

courtesy of Arafura Games Gold Coast golfer Courtney Massey broke the women’s course record at Darwin Golf Club with a blistering 66 off the stick during her run at the Gold Medal at the Arafura Games. But her run still fell short of taking out the tournament. The old record by Bree Arthur had stood for two years and was set during the last Arafura Games in 2009. I really like the course, the layout is nice, and you do get a bit of a run-out here, Massey said. I m very happy to be in the NT I like the hot weather and I am used to it. And the Games are very friendly; everyone gets along very well and the atmosphere is very relaxed. In the women’s gross Massey was beaten by fellow team-member Ashlee Dewhurst, who won gold in a play-off despite a suspected shoulder injury. Massey and Dewhurst both finished with a four-round total of 291 together with Whitney Hillier. Darwin s Ian Walker took out the Gold Medal in the men’s gross, by four shots with a total of 286 almost 20 years after first competing in the Arafura Games. I was really young when I first competed in the Arafura Games, I think in the second Games ever, some 18 years ago or some, the 31-year-old said. But I left and moved to Brisbane and only just came back to the Territory. And I remembered the Games from when I was young, so I thought I should give it another go. The competition was great, with some really good players.