Margaret Stuns In Club Championships
Perhaps destiny played a role in Genesis Golf Link Cup Week 10 C Grade third placegetter Margaret Smith taking up the game.
Now 66, it was 14 years ago that Margaret sampled golf for the first time and admits she was immediately addicted.
Unlike most who come to golf later in life, Margaret didn’t transfer from another sport because of a failing body; she simply wanted to try golf and so she did.
“I played softball at school and badminton when I lived in England for many years but haven’t really been a sports person at all,” she says.
“But when I came back to Perth from England I wanted to try golf and I was given a set of old clubs and some lessons at Wembley as a gift and off I went."
“And I was hooked almost immediately. For some reason I could hit the ball and hit it quite straight and that was it, I was addicted."
“The teacher said to me that I was already better after a few hits than some people who had been playing for years!”
So intense was her desire to play that Margaret says she even once teed up in a hail storm not long after she took up the game and still plays at her home club of Cottesloe three times most weeks.
“Golf is addictive, there is no question about it,” she says. “When I first started at Wembley I joined a group of women there and we called ourselves the Slice Girls."
“Then some of them joined Cottesloe and invited me to play a few times and after a while it just seemed like the only sensible thing to do was become a member myself."
“And I’ve been glad of that decision ever since. It is a fantastic club and a fantastic course and I just love it.”
Margaret’s third place came courtesy of a stunning first round in the Club Championships, a nett 65 that set her up to eventually go on and claim the Nett title.
Margaret isn’t the only Cottesloe member enjoying some success in September with fellow member and former US Amateur winner Curtis Luck all but locking up his card to play on the PGA Tour this month.
A regular playing partner of Curtis’ grandmother, Margaret says she – and everybody at the club – watches his progress with great interest.
“We don’t see him very often any more of course but he has grown up at the club here and we all follow his fortunes closely,” she said.
“My partner has been a member here for 56 years and has known Curtis since he was in nappies.”
While Luck is vying for his ticket to the world’s premiere golf circuit Margaret will be proudly sporting a new Titleist Tour Performance Cap thanks to her Week 10 win in the Genesis Golf Link Cup.
Visit the Winners page to see the full list of winners from Week 10.
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