Women golfers come so close
JUST seven shots separated Blackwater from victory at the Central Queensland Pennants final in Wowan at the weekend.
Leading the charge was Blackwater's Rachael Davis who shot a blistering 56 net score, forging an almost insurmountable lead for the Blackwater pack.
Unsurprisingly, Davis' record round granted her top honours and division three's best net score.
However Davis' low-scoring efforts were not enough to stave off the pennants' defending title holders Yeppoon, who finished with a 248 net total from their four best individual scores at the weekend, edging out Blackwater on 254.
Also making her mark in the final for the Blackwater women was Sharon Latchford, who finished just two strokes behind Peggy Bala-Daniels, 62, in division one's best net score.
"I was pretty stoked, especially considering it's my first time in A-grade," Latchford said.
In her second ever competition, fellow Blackwater golfer Kim O'Brien-Smith was also on the mark in Wowan finishing with a 69 net score.
"I don't know much about it but that's pretty good I'm told," O'Brien-Smith said with a laugh.
"They (Yeppoon) had 23 players to choose from for their top scorers, we only had eight."
It wasn't just rival teams players had to contend with at the championships, with the Wowan course throwing up a mix of grass of sand-based greens.
But far from being a hindrance, the sand greens if anything were something of a saviour for rookie golfers such as O'Brien-Smith .
"I liked it. I thought it was great," she said.
"I thought it was easier because your ball didn't run away on you."
Blackwater's qualification in the CQ final comes on the back of a powerful display in the Central Highlands series, where they placed first to set the stage for a dramatic final round in Wowan.
The CQ Pennants Final team from Blackwater was Sharon Latchford, Kim O'Brien-Smith, Rachael Davis, Shelly Clarke, Glenda Graham, Kassie Richmond and Kaye Cumner.