Cathryn Bristow won her second ALPG title in a week firing a course record 8 under par 65 at Long Reef Golf Club today to take out the inaugural North Shore Ladies ALPG Classic She took the title by 3 shots from a group of players including aussies Whitney Hillier, Emma De Groot, Ellen Davies-Graham and Cherie Alison who had all shot 5 under par rounds of 68, and were in the clubhouse contemplating a six woman playoff until Bristow returned her near perfect scorecard!
After a birdie at the par three second hole, Bristow made an eagle at the fourth hole followed by another birdie at the fifth hole to turn in 4 under par 33. She did not let her foot off the pedal on the back nine and continued her hot streak with birdies at the thirteenth, fifteenth and sixteen holes before closing with yet another birdie at the last to secure the title.
“It’s been an amazing week” said the 31 year old from Auckland. “I have to once again thank my coach Aaron Cole for all his support, something just clicked last week and I hope I can keep this level of play up the next few weeks. A huge thanks to our sponsors Piranha Golf and Lexus Chatswood for making this event possible and everyone at Long Reef Golf Club for making this such a great event in our first visit here. I also need to thank my family for their amazing support and my host family at Castle Hill whom I have stayed with the past 5 years and have now become my Australian family! I can really enjoy both of the wins now and head to the Oates Victorian Open next week full of confidence”
Bristow was runner up to Stacey Keating at the Anita Boon Pro-am in her home city of Auckland back in November after a frustrating 2015 season spent suffering with a chronic neck injury. She was forced to sit out much of the 2014/15 ALPG Tour season and after a period away from the game spent resting and rehabilitating before making a welcome return to form in the second half of the season.
A now fit Cathryn Bristow has in the past week stamped herself as one of the stars of the ALPG Tour, and there is no doubt that she will be looking forward to the major events on the ALPG schedule including her home championship, the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open in two weeks’ time where world number 1 and fellow Kiwi Lydia Ko will defend her title.
The 2015/16 ALPG Tour Club Car Series now takes a break for the major ALPG tournaments and will resume at the Brisbane International at McLeod Country Golf Club on 1st and 2nd March.
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