All in readiness
JEAN Dahl knows the Grafton golf course layout better than most.
After all she has won more tournaments on her home course than any other lady golfer.
Dahl will be just one of 115 golfers vying for the title of the Grafton Ladies May Tournament Trophy.
The 36-hole scratch event – to be played on Thursday and Friday – has attracted a crack field of low-markers.
Apart from Dahl, Vanessa Ward and Amanda Carr (both from Armidale) and Yamba's Barbara Moore will be among the top contenders.
Throw in Ballina's Anne Jackson and Grafton's own Sue Reguson and the field is shaping up as one of the strongest in recent memory.
Dahl has won the tournament an amazing 13 times but it's the Four Ball Best Ball (4BBB) to be played tomorrow which has her excited.
“I'm teaming up with my daughter Sue (Reguson) on Wednesday which is always enjoyable,” the champion golfer told the Examiner yesterday.
“We've had a couple wins previously in the event and I suppose we have as good as chance as any of winning.
“There are some other good pairings.
“We just need a bit of luck with putting...hope they fall in and don't sit on the edge.”
Dahl, a 14-handicapper these days, admits her long game is not what it used but added that's where her daughter Sue comes into play.
“Sue hits the ball a mile, I'm more or less the back-stopper,” she said.
“I just hope my old body holds up.”
According to Grafton Ladies' president Peg James last year's winner of the 36-hole event, Nicole Coogan, will not be defending her title.
“Nicole is a former Grafton junior who now plays at Virginia in Brisbane but unfortunately she won't be coming this year,” James said.
James added the 4BBB which kicks off the tournament tomorrow has attracted 124 competitors with the Mixed American Foursome event winding up proceedings on Saturday.
Grafton ladies captain Jan Patterson expects the main event to be a wide open affair.
“It's a very good field with plenty of low-markers,” Patterson said.
“Vanessa Ward is off seven and will be one of the main contenders.
“She has won the New England District championships a couple of times.”