Pack closes in on leaders
By TONY WHITE
YAMBA golfer Barbara Moore shot 80 gross yesterday to lead a big field in the first round of the prestigious Ladies May Tournament at Grafton District Golf Club.
However, Moore is closely pursued by a horde of chasers with a dozen players within a couple of shots of the lead in the 36-hole event.
Seven-time winner Gloria Hickey, from Coffs Harbour, is well within striking distance after being one of three players to shoot 81.
Judy Loader from Emerald Lakes and Paula O'Keeffe from Maclean also shot 81.
Dinna Nutchey-Robinson from Coffs Harbour is fifth after carding 82.
Seven other players are on 83.
Best of the locals was 13-time winner Jean Dahl and Grafton Ladies president Jan Patterson who both finished with 85.
The event's lowest handicap player, Robyn Reynolds, from Ballina, who plays off six, was one of a number of players to card 84.
Yesterday 142 players in various divisions took to the fairways in the 41st running of the event that commenced in 1964.
"The standard of golf has been spectacular," Grafton Ladies captain Marie Keynes said.
"Everyone seemed to have a good day and they are all looking forward to shooting lower scores tomorrow.
"Barbara (Moore) played very well and it's good to see Jean (Dahl) and Jan (Patterson) close up and still with a chance.
"The course is in good condition."
In the nett event local golfers Mary Atkins finished with 63 and Coral Frame 66 to be well in the running for the nett major prize.
The leading women golfers are expected to tee off from 10.30am today.