Close tussle for Bermagui club championship


Bermagui golfer, Maggie Hayes, has had an outstanding couple of months along the Far South Coast.

After an outstanding month of golf including winning the Eden, Bermagui and Pambula Merimbula opens, Bermagui's Maggie Hayes is neck to neck with veteran Pat Jones after the first round of the Bermagui Club championships played this week, and is hoping she can get the edge on Jones next week. 

Maggie, who has been playing since she was 14 and became part of a Junior Scholarship in Nambour Queensland. She turned professional at 18 when the only stipulation was to be playing off a 3 handicap or less.

"This took me to parts of Australia and New Zealand and I got to meet several of the US stars who I had read about in golf magazines. After golfing for about 12 years on the Gold Coast I moved to Sydney where I played at Bonnie Doon Golf Club for 20 years and was part of a successful pennant team, playing many great Sydney courses.

"The move to Bermagui has been beneficial to my golfing success as the Open events we play here have good competition from all clubs. Also I have been attending state and senior amateur events and have had success in winning or getting to the final of my age competitions a few times.

"A few years ago I was fortunate to be one of 12 finalists (men and women) in the Genesis Cup which  is a handicap competition and provided a stay at the Intercontinental Hotel at Double Bay , a competition round at NSW Golf Club and VIP treatment at the Genesis Marquee at the Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

"Golf has been very good to me and for the past 16 years my partner Lindsay Sharp and I have escorted small groups of golfers to Ireland, South Africa, Mauritius, Portugal, Hawai, New Zealand and several destinations in the United States."