May title goes to Armidale bolter
By TONY WHITE
IN her first event at Grafton District Golf Club, Armidale's Jeannie Doolan scored an incredible come from behind win in the 2006 Grafton Ladies May Tournament yesterday.
The 57-year-old mother of Australian professional golfer Wendy Doolan carded 82-79 for a 161 total and four shot victory.
First round leaders, daughter and mother combination Sue Rugeson and Jean Dahl, crashed on the final 18-holes while Doolan quietly went about her business.
Ballina's Robin Reynold's finished runner-up with 165.
"This was most unexpected," the seven-handicapper said after winning.
"I handled the greens a lot better today (Friday) than yesterday.
"It can be a tricky course, you've got to place your shots well and I did that a lot better and managed to sink more putts.
"Jean and Sue are well known players. I was lucky I suppose.
"I've been trying to play to my handicap for the past four weeks and today I managed to do it. I've probably played a practice round here a couple of times, but this is my first tournament.
"The May Tournament is a great event and to win it fantastic. It's an elite event in this area and always attracts good golfers.
"I'm just very happy to win. I just try and enjoy my golf. I love it."
Doolan was born in Cowra and moved to Sydney then Armidale in later life with husband, Greg.
Golf is a real family affair for the Doolans. Greg, Wendy, 38, and their two sons, Donald, 37 and Andrew 36, are all avid golfers.
There's plenty of golfing background in the family," Doolan said. "The whole family plays.
"I still practise every day and my aim is to get back to a three handicap. I play as many vets singles events as I can and still really enjoy it."
Doolan said the family, which owns a house in Iluka, is planning to move permanently to the Clarence Valley in the near future.
She also revealed her daughter Wendy, one of the stars on the women's LPGA tour in America, was scheduled to make her comeback to competitive golf after six months out with injury, next Thursday in Atlantic City.
Grafton's Susan Deece won the nett event with 138 from Armidale's Chris McDonald (140 c/b).
Barbara Moore (Yamba) won the division 1 gross (167 c/b); Chris Forrester from Maclean the division two gross (181) and Grafton's Margaret Manahan (197 c/b), the division 3 gross.
Grafton's Elaine Shand and Sharyn O'Grady won the division 3 nett (140) and veteran nett respectively.