WARRNAMBOOL’S Alison Sinclair is looking to make a winning return to golf after two years out of the game in Sunday’s final round of the Warrnambool Golf Club’s women’s championships.
The eight-time club champion last won the club’s top title in 2009 but illness sidelined her in 2010 before shoulder surgery kept her off the fairways last year.
Sinclair said she was enjoying being back on course after the lengthy absence.
“I’m loving it,” she said.
“Especially on a day like today. The weather was magnificent, the course was magnificent.”
And it is showing.
Playing off a handicap of eight, Sinclair had a good day, firing the best score of yesterday’s third round.
Her 81 saw her extend her lead to seven shots leading into Sunday’s final round.
“Anything can happen in this game,” she said.
“You can never count your chickens.”
Tricia Sullivan, off 13, who started the day in a four-way tie for second four shots back, carded an 84. She now sits in second place on her own, two shots ahead of Diana Robinson, who had 82 yesterday, to climb the leaderboard.
In the B grade championship, Sue Haylock will take a three-shot advantage into Sunday’s final round from club captain Rosemary Walters, while in C grade Marlene Fitzgerald has a one-stroke lead over Ann Glennon.
Walters said yesterday’s conditions were perfect, with plenty of low scores. Play was completed before mid-afternoon rain.
The top six players in each grade qualify for Sunday’s final round, which coincides with the completion of the men’s championships. The men are scheduled to play 18 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.