ANDREA Thorson has become the first person this century other than Dot Christie to win the Ladies Championship at Meeniyan.
Andrea won in 1999, and Gwen Heppell in 1970, but in every other year since 1969, Dot has claimed the title. That’s 45 championships.
Her 46th will have to wait another year at least after Andrea played superbly across three rounds to finish with a great score of 254.
Both Andrea and Dot play off seven, so it promised to be a tight battle.
Andrea’s super start in the first round proved to be the difference.
She held her nerve throughout, and despite a challenge from Dot in the second round, took a five shot lead into last Wednesday’s final day.
Andrea won comfortably in the end and was embraced by the club legend after she sank her final putt.
“I gave her too big a start,” Dot said.
“You were not very well, though,” Andrea said of Dot’s health on the first day of the championships.
“Even if I was well, it would have been very hard to stay in it,” Dot said.
Andrea recently won the South Gippsland Ladies Singles Championship and is in red hot form.
B Grade winner with a great score of 286 was Dot Elliott while C Grade winner with a score of 342 was Nancye Hammet.
The course was in great condition and the weather was fine and calm for most of the final round, although a light shower and dark clouds gathered for the final two holes.