Scramble success ?mind-boggling
By TONY WHITE
"THIS is just mind boggling, none of us can believe it."
The words were uttered by Maclean Golf Club member Helen Graney, captain of the local team that will represent Yamba Golf & Country Club and NSW in the Holden Scramble Final at Novatel Twin Waters, Queensland, from November 25-28.
Fifty-seven-year-old Graney, like playing partners Kim Eckersley, 40, and her sister Chris Powell, 43, are still in shock at the group of social's golfer's achievement.
Eckersley and Powell took up the noble game of golf only two years back. Eckersley is a 20 handicapper and Powell off 30.
Graney also plays off 20 and has been a regular golfer for nearly two decades.
"Chris and I have been friends with Helen for ages and we just got interested in golf through her," Eckersley said of her introduction to golf.
The trio will be joined in a four-man ambrose team by Mona Vale professional Gerrard Kelly, who partnered the trio at the State Final at Ryde-Parramatta course on October 31.
It's been a fairytale ride for the trio of close friends.
They entered the local Regional qualifying round at Yamba Golf Course on May 20 and to their amazement triumphed over 40 other teams. It was the largest qualifying attendence in NSW.
"We didn't think we had any hope. We just went in it to have a laugh and giggle and play a round of golf together," Eckersley said.
"We were astonished, in shock we just couldn't believe it."
The trio had a combined total of 65-5/6th's at Yamba to edge out Jenny Macqueen, Robyn Brockwell and Krissy Holland on 66 to qualify for the NSW finals at Ryde-Parramatta on October 31.
Against other Regional finalists, the trio were joined by Kelly and finished first with a combined total of 55-1/8th to edge out Shoalhaven with 55-1/4.
"It was just our day," Eckersley said. "We play a lot together, we know each other's game well and worked well together.
"At home we play in team's events when ever we can.
"This is the biggest thrill we've ever had. We've come close to winning a few things but always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
"I don't think this has all sunk in yet. We're all still floating."
Before the State Final Kelly jokingly told the ladies he didn't want to be left with the final putt.
"He didn't have to many and he was really pleased. We just managed to roll the ball in," Eckersley said. "We didn't bogey a hole and came in nine under par.
"Gerrard said he was honoured to play with us and we'll all really happy he will be with us in the finals."