TERANG golf stalwart Marion Venn recovered from a poor first round to claim her sixth club championship yesterday.
Venn, 54, shot a final-round 83 to finish with 252 across three weeks of competition, having fired 87 and 82 in the previous two rounds.
She defeated Kate Cornelissen (81, 93, 87) by nine shots. Judy Carmody (86, 91, 85) was one shot further back in third.
The triumph marked back-to-back championships for Venn, who also won four in a row between 2006 and 2009.
She had a five-shot lead entering yesterday and produced a steady round which increased her advantage.
But a disappointing first-up effort had her well behind early leader Cornelissen and questioning if 2014 would be her year.
“I was six shots behind after the first week. I knew I had a lot of work to try and get anywhere then,” she said. “I guess the second week’s round put me back in the picture.
“This week and last week I’m reasonably happy with, but I wasn’t real happy with the first round.”
Venn, who started playing golf in 2000, said she “hit the ball more consistently” in the past fortnight.
“That’s the key to it, consistency. I just felt all round I was more consistent in the second two weeks. That’s what you need to do.”
Venn, who is also a Warrnambool member, said she attempted to play as many tournaments in the south-west as possible to improve her game.
She will head to Melbourne course Commonwealth next Monday with a Warrnambool team to contest a Golf Victoria bowl event.
Venn was one of three Terang golfers celebrating club championships success yesterday.
A down-to-the-wire contest came in B grade, where Maureen Bond defeated 2013 winner Maureen Driscoll in a play-off.
The pair needed three extra holes to determine a winner after both finished with 291 after three rounds.
Bond, 66, was pleased to win but admitted she was unfazed whether her or Driscoll prevailed in the play-off.
“I just decided it didn’t matter. It got that close it didn’t matter. I was going to be the winner or runner-up,” she said.
Bond started playing golf about 40 years ago at East Framlingham before joining Terang. She said she enjoyed the personal nature of the sport.
“It’s a sport where you just compete against yourself. You’re the only one that makes the mistakes,” she said.
Jean Lucas took the C grade honours for the fourth time, with 311 after three consistent weeks. Lucas, 78, also has a B grade title to her name.
“I guess that’s not too bad for me. I’d really love to have less but it never worked out. I’m happy with the result and happy for Marion and Maureen,” she said.