CHELSEA Litchfield has completed a Bathurst Golf Club 2018 treble after winning this week’s Western Districts Ladies Golf Association Amateur Open on her home course.
Litchfield had already taken out this year’s Bathurst Club Championships and Bathurst Open competitions but another two successful rounds of golf, on Tuesday and Wednesday, led to her biggest title of the bunch.
Litchfield recorded a total of 156 strokes to win by 13 strokes ahead of Duntryleague’s Susan Fenwick.
“Chelsea demonstrated that she’s a cut above the other golfers here in the Western Districts. For us to have a player of her calibre in our midst is a very fortunate thing,” Bathurst ladies club captain Jane Mitchell said.
“She’s playing off a handicap of one at the moment and for her to be consistently finding scores around that handicap shows what a quality player she is.
“It’s the first time she’s won this tournament as well so that’s a big feather in her cap.”
Mitchell said it was wonderful for Bathurst to welcome such a large, quality field of players to the city.
“We had 155 players from around Western Districts playing. There was a really high standard of play and one of the things that really stood out to me was the spirit in which people played,” she said.
“The course is in tremendous condition. The greens are playing very quickly at the moment but by the second round everyone was used to that.
“Typically we don’t normally get four divisions. With more divisions it intensifies the competition.
“There’s a great history to this association. What struck me was how strong a group they are and how committed they are to promoting women’s sport in the region.”
Division two had joint winners with Kim Jamieson and Jan Myers, each finishing on 192 and claiming the Mabel Mackenzie Salver.
In division three the Joyce Abbott Cup was won by Elizabeth Nist (200). Maria Crawford (204), also from Duntryleague, was runner-up.
In division four the championship went to Christine Schusler (201) and Bathurst’s Bernadette Sandra (210) was runner-up. Sandra also claimed the Eunice Bishop Bowl.
The WDLGA Open Teams Cup was won by Litchfield, Fenwick and Sharon Nott.
Bathurst players also found success in the open teams handicap which was won by Mitchell, Kim Jamieson and Chris Burke.
Cindy Perfect, Jan Ross, Val Stewart claimed the Richards Cup while the Lainey Miller Salver was won by Bernadette Sandra, Carmel Stocks and Judy Brownlow.