Chelsea Litchfield domination for four wins in a row in Bathurst Lady Golfers’ Club Championships

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CHAMPIONS: Division B2 winner Kay Tanner and Division A winner Chelsea Litchfield at the Bathurst Golf Club, after their wins in their respective division in the Lady Golfers’ Club Championships. Photo: BRADLEY JURD
Division B1 winner Sue Cregan not in picturre
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Chelsea Litchfield showed why she’s the best female player in the city, after she cruised to a devastating 38-stroke win in the Lady Golfers’ Club Championships at the Bathurst Golf Club on Sunday.

The championship, held over four days (March 25 and 26 and April 1 and 2), has now been won by Litchfield for a fourth consecutive year.

Litchfield, who took a 19-year break from golf, returned to the sport in 2014 and has now won every championship she has entered.

She said she’s not over the enjoyment which comes with winning a tournament.

“I’m not sick of it. I never get sick of winning,” she said.

“It’s actually quite a tough event because playing 72 holes over two weekends is quite arduous.

“It was a little bit of pity that it wasn’t a bit closer, to be honest, but it is what it is.

“I can only control my own game, can’t bring everyone else along.”

Kerry Davis finished second, behind Litchfield, while Katrina Ferris was six strokes behind Davis.

Litchfield said it was a great competition, played in good spirit.

“The fact that there is a core group of about 30 women that play in the club championships every year, that’s fantastic,” she said.

“It was played in good spirit, wasn’t any issues that I could tell. It was really good.”

While she will be targeting a fifth straight title in 2018, Litchfield knows that is not for another 12 months and anything could happen in that time.

“That’s a long time away and we’ve got quite a few quality juniors coming through like Casey Thompson, who’s made it already into A grade,” she said.

“I will be aiming for five in a row, because I can’t help myself, but you know, anything can happen. We could have a random person move here, kind of like I did.

“I’m playing in the Bathurst Open in a few weeks time, like a did last year and I’ll be hoping to play well. I won it last year, with pretty good scores [23-stroke win].”

Kay Tanner said she was very happy and over the moon to win her first Division B2 title, which she won by 15 strokes ahead of Beverley Vickers.

“I haven’t been playing that long – 10 to 12 years,” she said.

It’s not Tanner’s first every major trophy in sport, having experienced her fair share of success in both netball and squash.

Division B1 winner Sue Cregan was absent for the trophy presentation.

She won with a total score of 411, eight strokes ahead of Kinga Macpherson.

Litchfield thanked Raine and Horne for its support, the major sponsor for the tournament.