Anne, that’s a pretty significant sporting highlight being seven months pregnant and playing 18 holes of golf. You must have been fit to achieve that feat?
Yes. I was pretty fit, but believe me I was very tired when I finished.
I was pregnant having my first child (Liam) at the age of 43 years old.
Two weeks, ago you won your 10th women’s championship at Port Fairy. That’s a remarkable performance. Let’s go back for a minute. Where did your golf career commence?
I started playing out at Hawkesdale in 1991.
It was a nine-hole golf course.
I was working on the family farm and Eddie Harmer was working there.
He was the president of the Hawkesdale Golf Club.
Eddie was teaching his wife Julie how to play the game and then I went along and played. I enjoyed golf from the start.
The ladies used to play at Hawkesdale each Thursday and I ended up playing.
There were some top players at the club back in that era and Ellen Warburton was one of them.
She was a stalwart of the club and taught all the juniors how to play.
We used to go and play rounds of golf at Caramut, Framlingham and Warrnambool and anywhere else across the district.
Ellen was always offering advice on how to improve my game and was a great supporter of mine.
Her son Anthony is the professional at the Port Fairy Golf Club.
I won a club championship at Hawkesdale before joining the Port Fairy Golf Club in 2002.
When you started playing golf, what was your handicap?
My original handicap was 36. It slowly came down over the years and now my handicap is 8.
When I joined the Port Fairy Golf Club in 2002, the ladies were very welcoming.
I was lucky because I knew a lot of them from playing golf at various courses around the district.
There would have been about 50 lady members when I joined the club and there would be roughly the same amount today.
What are your memories of your 10 wins at Port Fairy in the women’s championship?
Let’s say they are a bit hazy. Luck plays a big part in golf, or for that matter anything in life.
I lost one championship by one shot and you feel the world is against you, but then your luck turns around.
I won my first championship at Port Fairy in 2004 and then followed that up in 2005 before winning in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017 and this year.
Anne, what’s been the key to your success on the golf course?
I just try and play straight. I try and keep my game simple. I don’t overanalyse my game. I don’t try and belt the cover off the ball. I suppose the strength of my game centres around my chipping.
I usually play in the women’s competition at Port Fairy each Thursday.
I used to play on Saturdays, but I don’t do that much now since we’ve got the children. I met my husband Andrew out at the golf course. He’s a very good golfer in his own right.
Having played so much golf at Port Fairy, I would say you would be a good judge as to say what’s the toughest hole at the course. What is it in your opinion?
The whole thing depends on the wind.
The eighth hole is normally very difficult because of the wind.
There are some days you can use a 9 iron while on other days it may be a 3 wood. We’ve had a lot of north winds over the winter months, which have been freezing cold and extremely difficult for golf.
The 16th hole is also very tricky. It’s a tough hole for the ladies – you can go out of play quite easily.
The marram grass can be very challenging for all golfers.
Undoubtedly, you’ve played a lot at Warrnambool. What’s the toughest hole?
Warrnambool’s course is a lot different to Port Fairy.
I find it more challenging because the holes are a lot longer and I’m not a big hitter. I always find the 10th hole very difficult.
Anne, have you ever had a hole-in-one?
No, I’ve never had one which is a bit disappointing because my husband Andrew has one and my late father-In-law Terry Dwyer did, so it’s something I’m trying my best to achieve.
But it’s not every day that golfers get a hole-in-one.
Have you represented the district in golf in the Country Week competitions?
Yes. I’ve played on and off over the years.
I think I’ve played in a dozen Country Week competitions. It’s always a wonderful experience to go to Melbourne and play on magnificent courses.
One of my favourite memories occurred years ago.
I went to Royal Melbourne Golf Course one day to play and had some lunch and the next day I was playing out at Hawkesdale.
It was quite incredible the different contrasts between the two places.
Speaking of Hawkesdale, is the golf course still used today?
It’s not a golf course as such now. There’s about four or five holes that are mowed by the locals, but it’s mainly used as a camping ground.
It’s a great facility and attracts visitors from all over the place.
Anne, have you been involved in any other sports apart from golf?
When I was younger I played a lot of netball at Hawkesdale before it merged with Macarthur.
I was fortunate to have played in a few netball premierships sides and I’m a life member.
I also played a lot of tennis.
We used to play tennis on Saturday afternoon in the 1980s.
We played in the Hawkesdale and District Tennis Competition against sides from places like Willatook and Broadwater.