Date: October 27, 2015
Author: Tom Fee, GolfWA

Gym junkie Morgan wins seniors medal

If she’s not at the golf course, you’ll probably find NSW’s Jacqui Morgan at the gym — but be careful not to challenge her to any feats of strength.

Using the Wallabies as her inspiration, this tough as nails Monash Golf Club member has secured medallist honours at the Australian Women’s Senior Amateur at Gosnells Golf Club with rounds of 76 and 77.

But to regain the crown she won in 2012, Morgan will need to get through four rounds of matchplay in the next three days. Having already proven her golfing prowess, Morgan feels ready for the physical challenge.

“Well this is why I go to the gym when I’m at home, so that wont be a problem for me,” said Morgan about her potentially strenuous schedule.

“Usually I go four times a week, and do a combination of weights and cardio. But it’s not just about fitness, it’s good fun, I enjoy it.”

While fitness may not be a concern, Morgan will have to overcome an elite matchplay field that features eight local goflers and two fellow past champions in Queenslanders Josie Ryan and Robyn Puckett.

The biggest challenge may come from NSW teammate Kim Burke, who qualified second, just one shot back of Morgan in her debut appearance at the Australian seniors.

New Zealand’s Robyn Boniface finished outright third and secured the strokeplay honours for the Veterans 60-64 division, while Victoria’s Helen Pascoe has qualified fourth.

Sisters Glenys Ferguson of Wanneroo and Lyn Bennett of Gosnells share more than their parentage, with the pair qualifying in a tie for fifth to be WA’s best seeded golfers. Shirley Van Der Brugghen (Melville Glades), Sharon Dawson (Lake Karrinyup), Janine Northrop (Melville Glades), Jane McNamara (Cottesloe), Jennifer Murphy (Melville Glades) and Ros Fisher (Gosnells) are WA’s remaining qualifiers.

It’s already looking to be a tough draw for Morgan, who will play the highly decorated Fisher on her home course in tomorrow's Round of 16. Fisher was ranked as Australia’s top golfer over 65 in 2014, and played a part in WA’s Interstate Series winning side in 1989.

“It will be a tough match. I think it’s always an advantage to play on your own course,” said Morgan on her matchup with Fisher.

“If I play as well as I did the first two days I feel like I’m a chance, but so is everyone else as we start again with a clean slate. It’s just like the Wallabies, you need to keep upping your game every time you go out there.”

Morgan seems to relish a challenge in any situation, and is enjoying the course setup at Gosnells that has tested the field of 95.

“The pin placements today were really hard. I think everybody had a difficult time so the course definitely won today,” said Morgan.

“I think the standard of golf in this event is so high and the club is showing us respect by putting pins in tough spots, and making everyone think and play a bit harder.”

Win or lose, Morgan  can head home to Sydney knowing that she still has the upper hand on her family in the strength stakes.

“I can’t bench a massive amount, but I get through about eight or so repetitions with 45 kilos,” said Morgan, before throwing her son under the bus.

“My son’s really good at a lot of things, but I can still get him in the gym.”