ALISON Sinclair says her 10th Warrnambool Golf Club women’s championship is just as memorable as her first.
Sinclair reaffirmed her place in club history by claiming a five-shot win in the annual championships.
The Warrnambool golfer shot rounds of 88, 86 and 96 for a score of 270 in a tournament reduced to 54 holes due to rain.
Trish Sullivan was runner-up with 89, 89 and 97 for 275, having started the final day trailing Sinclair by four shots.
Marion Venn, a member of both Terang and Warrnambool golf clubs, was third with 94, 94 and 88 for 276.
Sinclair yesterday said she was “thrilled” with the win, her 10th in the past 14 years.
Her other titles came in 2000-02, 2004-07, 2009 and 2012, while shoulder surgery kept her from playing in 2011.
“It doesn’t get any easier, they’re all achievements for me. I take each one as it comes,” she said.
“You hope to be playing good golf. You’re disappointed when you don’t put in a good round.”
Sinclair said she was as consistent as she could be throughout the championships at the Younger Street course.
Her final round was her worst of the tournament, although few golfers excelled in the windy conditions.
“They were tough conditions, very windy,” she said. ‘‘You couldn’t get much relief from it and it affected everything — your putting, your driving.
“You were battling the whole day.
‘‘It gets into your mind as well, you’ve got to overcome it mentally and physically.”
The club championship was the highlight of a solid year for Sinclair, who first picked up a golf club in her teens on the urging of her father.
She was a member of Warrnambool’s division one pennant side which lost the Women’s Golf Western District eastern division grand final to Cobden in May.
Sinclair was also one of just eight golfers to contest the Victorian senior women’s matchplay championships at Horsham in March, reaching the semi-finals.
Her win came five days after her husband Ronald won the Warrnambool Golf Club veterans’ championships, giving the couple a rare double.
“I took him out for dinner and he took me out for dinner,” she said.
Sinclair is third on the WGC women’s championship standings with 10 wins. Elsie Watson leads the way with 17, while Shirley Barker won 13 times.
In other sections, Di Martina won B grade with 306, ahead of Jenny Bullivant (309) and Julie Mahney (314).
Di Looney was the C grade champion with 344, beating Ann Glennen (348) and Pam Arkley (352).
Net winners included Alana Ellery in A grade with 230, off a handicap of 18. Maida Gilbert topped the B grade net standings with 239, playing off 27. Looney claimed the C grade double, shooting a net 251 off a handicap of 31.
Ellery also won the Elsie Watson Memorial trophy for the best net score after two rounds, with 152.