Date: July 27, 2017
Author: Bernie Pramberg

Ryan wins fourth Qld Women�s Senior Championship

Headland’s Josie Ryan overcame a bout of illness to take her fourth PresCare Queensland Senior Women’s championship at Maroochy River.

Ryan, who battled a heavy dose of the ‘flu in the month leading up to the event’, defeated Alex Belongoft (Pacific) 2 & 1 in the match play final.

“I’d only had two games of golf in a month leading up to this and virtually dragged myself out of a sick bed to play,’’ said Ryan.

“I played nicely this week, except for my putting which is usually the way,’’ she joked. “I’m travelling to play the South Australian and Victoria in September so it was satisfying to win in my home state.’

Ryan, 65, has been a consistent performer over many years, winning the Australian Seniors title twice and finishing runner-up at the two previous Queensland championships.

She qualified third in the 65 and over (Div 1) strokeplay this week with successive rounds of 81. Leading qualifier Wendy O’Connell (78-80) lost to Ryan (1-down) in a match play semi-final.

Other strokeplay winners were Kim Burke (Shelly Beach) in the 55-64 (Div 1) section, Stephanie Seakins (St Michaels) in the 55-64 (Div 2) and Helen Emery (Maroochy River) in the 65 and over (Div 2) section.

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Earlier in the week, Oxley school-teacher Jess Jenkins won her third successive Queensland Women’s Mid-Amateur title by seven strokes at Maroochy River.

Jenkins carded rounds of 75-77-81 to defeat Olivia Dolan (Noosa GC) with a further four shots to third-placed Colette Blacklock (Ryde-Parramatta).

“The conditions were fairly benign the first two days but the breeze got up on the final days and some of the holes played quite long,’’ said Jenkins.

Jenkins led throughout the event, notching a two-shot lead after the opening round and taking a five-shot advantage into the final day.

A Phys Ed and Science teacher at Springfield Central High School, Jenkins has won the Oxley club championship on seven occasions.

Thank you to sponsors PresCare and host course Maroochy River Golf Club. PresCare continues to evolve as a leading provider high-quality aged-care facilities and in-home community care throughout Queensland. PresCare recognises the importance of people remaining independent no matter how old they are.


Match Results All Divisions: CLICK HERE

55 – 64 Years – Division 1
55 – 64 Years – Division 2 
65 Years & Over – Division 1 
65 Years & Over – Division 2