Warrnambool team celebrates Marjorie Robinson Bowl victory

LAUGHTER, good spirits and smatterings of sunshine helped the Warrnambool Golf Club remember one of their own yesterday. 

The annual Marjorie Robinson Bowl event was held over the past two days, with the main prize up for grabs yesterday. 

The bowl is a memorial to Robinson, a life member of the Warrnambool Golf Club and a well respected player and administrator, and has been held annually since 1964.

A Warrnambool combination of Trish O’Sullivan, Sue Wilton, Joan Jacobsen and Di Howland narrowly defeated their clubmates Julie Mahney, Carmel Hughes, Sue Henderson and Marian McKenzie to take home the main prize. 

The foursome battled it out in an 18-hole stroke event, ending with a 213 when the best three scores were tallied up. They beat their contemporaries by just two shots. 

Jacobsen had a 69 net, while Wilton shot 71, Howland had 73 and O’Sullivan had 77. 

Jacobsen said she was thrilled with her score and to win her first ever Robinson Bowl. 

“It’s a prestigious event to win,” she said.  “I’m very happy with my score, I don’t often hit a score like that. 

“There were 214 teams playing today. Warrnambool only enters three teams so it was nice to have ladies from the club as winners and runners-up.” 

Wilton said local knowledge and good putting was the difference today. 

“The course is in fantastic condition, everyone has been commenting on how good it is today,” she said. 

“And a few were even saying how difficult it was.” 

The A grade scratch event came down to a four-way playoff with Cobden’s Debbie Rix winning on the fourth playoff hole with an 81. 

She beat Royal Melbourne’s Marg Rush by one stroke. Heather Brodie was in third. 

Rix said she putted well to keep herself in the game. 

“I hit my driver very well. I had straight long shots into the green,” she said. 

“It was a great finish.” 

Rush was an excited runner-up.

“I play off a 13 and these ladies are off threes and fives,” she said. 

“I’ve never had an experience like that. It was a great finish to a great couple of days.” 

jwoolley@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

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