Date: July 21, 2016
Author: Dave Tease, Golf NSW

Forsyth flies high in Northern Rivers

Maclean Golf Club’s Sherree Forsythe has claimed the 2016 Women’s Golf Northern Rivers Championship at Grafton Golf Club.

Forsythe posted rounds of 84 and 86 to take the title despite battling the effects of laryngitis over the two days of the tournament.

“My playing partner Sue Regussen took a look at me on the first tee and said to beware of the sick golfer,” Forsythe laughed. “It’s pretty true now.”

Forsythe also took out the 18-hole Women’s Golf Northern Rivers Champion of Champions event by three shots ahead of Kyogle Golf Club's Louise Frickman and Jenny Townsend of Grafton.

"I had one of those weeks when everything happened for me. It started off with a birdie yesterday, I stayed out of trouble and had two really good rounds of golf."

The Northern Rivers crown was the second significant win Forsythe had picked up in the last month. She also took out the Maclean Club Championship by five shots in June.

"I won my third club championship last month, but this is my first district title as an individual. I’m absolutely thrilled," she said.

Forsythe said a friendly rivalry existed between the various Northern Rivers clubs but light-heartedly maintained her beloved Maclean course ruled the lot.

"There's a very good, friendly rivalry," she said. "A very good friendship against all the teams.”

Equally thrilled with the results of the tournament was Helen McFarlane, Ladies Captain at Maclean Golf Club.

“We had a crew of seven go up to represent us at the Championships and they came home with seven trophies,” Mrs McFarlane said. “It was a great result for out little club.”

Golf NSW board member Michele Adair attended the event and was on hand to present Forsythe with her abundance of silverware.

"The Northern Rivers organising committee do a wonderful job with the golf and the course itself has presented so well," Ms Adair said.

"Being a city girl, to be able to come out and enjoy the country hospitality is always a bonus. There's a lot of women here staying overnight, so it's also terrific for the local economy.

"Women's golf faces some challenges, but I'm encouraged by initiatives promoting the game here. The Northern Rivers is certainly one of the most vibrant districts in the state."