COBDEN golfer Deborah Rix didn’t let an extended golf hiatus stop her from winning the Western District Ladies Golf Championship yesterday.
Rix, 53, spent 10 months out of the game studying.
“I am very glad to be back at the golf course,” she said.
“I’ve just come back into golf so I wasn’t sure how I’d go.
“I have only played about six or seven rounds before today but the course was great, it was magnificent.”
Rix’s win at Warrnambool yesterday backed up her 2011 victory at Port Fairy, while she was runner-up at Terang last year.
Playing off a handicap of two, she won the 27-hole stroke event by 11 shots from Hamilton’s Sue Walter.
“It is pleasing. It is something you want to do,” Rix said.
“The day was fantastic and the weather was great.
“I had a couple of birdies which was nice but I had a couple of bad holes too.
“I was more consistent than I thought I was going to be because of a lack of playing.” Rix was one of 37 golfers from as far as Hamilton, Portland, Cobden and Camperdown in open division.
She said it was a mental challenge, with the top division golfers spending six hours on the course — four hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.
“It was a long day, especially here because it is a long course,” she said.
“It would be one of the longest courses in the district so it’s tough.”
Warrnambool golfers won the division one, two and three titles.
Jenny Bullivant won the division one stroke event with a nett 73, Tricia Blakeslee claimed division two with 33 stableford points and Mary Myers had 44 stableford points to win division three.