Skilled golfers clinch club championships

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TEEING OFF: Joanna Flaherty and Caleb Perry were successful in the women’s and men’s Warrnambool Golf Club Championships. Picture: Vicky Hughson
Nanjing Night Net

THE sparkling credentials of two of the south-west’s most promising young golfers are reaching new heights.

Up-and-coming junior Caleb Perry claimed his first Warrnambool Golf Club Championship on Sunday, while talented female Joanna Flaherty clinched her third consecutive women’s club title.

Flaherty overcame a score of 90 on the final day of competition to secure a 41-shot victory from second place.

The 21-year-old said her strong lead on the chasing pack meant the pressure was lessened in Sunday’s “brutal” conditions.

“My game hasn’t been as consistent as I’d like it to be over the last month, but I was able to recover from a couple of bad holes that made my score look fairly average,” Flaherty said.

“This is the third year in a row that I’ve won the Warrnambool women’s club championship, so it’s a real honour to win again.”

Perry, however, was six shots behind heading into the back end of the course. He sewed up the championship with a two foot putt to the applause of wind-swept onlookers, sealing the victory from Jarrod Fary.

He finished with a total score of 309, which followed an 84-shot effort on the final day. The 16-year-old said ashot on the 17th hole set up a strong run home and that he was thrilled to join “prestigious” company –including Warrnambool-raised professional Marc Leishman – on the winner’s board.

“Everything worked out for me in the end. The 18thdidn’t go to plan, and I think the pressure was there, but I didn’t let it bother me,” Perry said. “The first and second rounds put me in a great position. I started well today and it wasn’t too bad considering the weather.”

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