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Back-to-back Brunker

By Jamie Lowe

Vicki Brunker has once again been crowned Deniliquin Golf Club Ladies Champion, claiming back-to-back titles on Thursday.

After three rounds of stroke, Brunker stood tall with an impressive 244 off the stick, finishing 14 shots clear of her closest competitor, with 2018 champion Prue Lloyd runner-up on 258.

It was a strong start for Brunker in round one, played on Thursday, March 19, managing 83 off the stick to hold a four stroke margin from Lloyd.

Another former champion stood tall in round two with 2017 winner Kerran Leetham having the best score of the day with 80 off the stick on Tuesday, March 24.

Despite this it was Brunker who extended her lead to six shots with a round of 82, with Lloyd managing 84.

While being in a strong winning position heading into round three, Brunker refused to rest on her laurels.

An outstanding round of 79 off the stick saw the leader run away with victory for not only the day's play but the championship as a whole.

B grade champion Denise Hunter.

It was a tight battle in the B grade championship with a stellar final round seeing Denise Hunter pip Jan Lord at the post.

Lord got off to a flying start with 94 in the first round, followed by Fay Harrington 98, Kathy Simpson 99 and Hunter on 102.

She continued to lead after round two, holding a handy five shot buffer entering the last round on 191.

Harrington remained close on 196 while Hunter had closed her eight shot gap down to six on 197.

B grade has historically had close finishes and the 2020 season was no different, as Hunter managed a round of 97 to finish on 294.

Unfortunately for Lord her lead vanished, with a round of 105 seeing her finish two strokes short of Hunter.

C grade champion Coral Maher.

Coral Maher claimed her first C grade title since 2016, finishing strongly in the final two rounds to finish 318 off the stick.

Her closest contender was Lourene Liebenberg, who was just eight strokes behind on 326.

A close first round saw Pam Jarratt, on 109, hold a one shot lead from both Maher and Liebenberg on 110.

Round two saw Maher hit an impressive round of 102 to finish the day at 212 overall, holding a five shot lead from Liebenberg on 217.

The final round saw the C grade leader finish with 106, while runner-up Liebenberg managed 109 off the stick.