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(L-R) Pippa Crane, Donna O’Reilly and Sue Warburton enjoy the winning feeling at the Byron ladies gold championships. Photo supplied

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Donna O’Reilly won her first Byron Bay Ladies golf championships earlier this month after three days of tight competition.

Runner up, Gabby Brown, won the first round by a stroke from Donna, but streaked away in the second round with a scorching 86 off the stick to lead by seven strokes.

On the final day it came down to the wire and could have been won or lost on the last hole as Donna pegged her way back and ultimately prevailed with a round of 91, giving her a two stroke winning margin.

Donna’s elevation to the number one position has been meteoric after joining the club’s competitions only three years ago on a handicap of 17.

She played for several years earlier in her life and then had a 20-odd year break from golf. Following retirement she decided to get back into golf and plays regularly.

‘I had no idea how things were panning out as the leading group came up the last fairway and was overwhelmed and thrilled to learn I had actually won,’ she said.

‘All the others in the group were apparently aware of who had what scores, but I was totally oblivious of how things were going. I was just trying to concentrate on my own game’.

B-Grade

The B-grade winner was Pippa Crane with a score of 297.

‘I am utterly speechless,’ she said, when receiving her trophy.

Sue Warburton won C-grade with a score of 323 and the overall net winner was Sue Tibbett.


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