Judy’s hat-trick makes it nine

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies - BY ROBERT MUIR

Twelve months ago, it was an emo­tional lady club cham­pion Judy Lang­ford of Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Golf Club Re­sort. At pre­sen­ta­tion night, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

A few months be­fore­hand, Judy had sur­vived an aw­ful road crash and golf was the fur­thest thing on her mind for many weeks.

But a few months on and she played in the 2016 club cham­pi­onships, win­ning an epic bat­tle with long time friend Judy Kruger. This year, Judy again claimed the club’s high­est in­di­vid­ual tro­phy ti­tle to make it three in a row.

Over­all, since 1997, she has been A Grade Cham­pion nine times, sec­ond to cur­rent cap­tain Karen Droop who has her name on the big tro­phy 13 times.

It was an­other stand­ing ova­tion last Wed­nes­day as the pop­u­lar Judy made her way to the stage, with the other 84 ladies at the pre­sen­ta­tion dinner rais­ing their glasses and singing ‘For She’s A Jolly Good Lassie’.

Judy had just got home, win­ning by one shot, 158 gross to Ge­or­gia Mack­lin’s 159 who said she thor­oughly en­joyed Judy’s com­pany and en­cour­age­ment. Birth­day girl Ge­or­gia, who was club cham­pion in 2014, turned 22-years-of-age last Sun­day.

“I’m a lot less emo­tional than last year,” 55-year-old reg­is­tered nurse Judy with Mur­ray Val­ley Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal in Wodonga told the big Wil­low Room au­di­ence.

“Thank you Ge­or­gia for your kind words. It was played in good spir­its. It re­ally only came down to the putting. I putted a lit­tle bet­ter than you - that’s golf.”

As usual, Judy called into Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club af­ter golf to see her par­ents Lorna and Alan Zotti on the Wed­nes­day - which last week just hap­pened to be the last round of the club cham­pi­onships - and asked what she should say at pre­sen­ta­tion time.

‘Just say it was a great day and it’s a great club’, was her Mum’s re­sponse. Judy, in her win­ner’s speech, then em­pha­sised: “It is a fan­tas­tic club.” Con­tin­u­ing, Judy said: “Wodonga and Yar­ra­wonga played off in the Pen­nant Fi­nal. As much as I wanted Wodonga to win - they re­ally needed some­thing to be ex­cited about - if we had to lose, I’m glad it was to Yar­ra­wonga.

“Hav­ing been a mem­ber for 20 years at Yar­ra­wonga, I’ll never leave Yar­ra­wonga. Ev­ery­thing that Yar­ra­wonga does is amazing. It is the great­est club and I’m so proud to be club cham­pion.”

For the record, Judy is also a five-time Wodonga club cham­pion and her proud Mum a record 13-time Co­bram/Ba­rooga club cham­pion.

Heather Gi­blett was de­lighted to win the spe­cial Gwen Pal­fra­man Tro­phy. “I’ve been lucky enough to win it once be­fore,” she said. “It’s a pres­ti­gious event bring­ing ev­ery­one back to an even event.”

The years sneak up, as ev­i­denced with some speeches. “I’m a pen­sioner now!” vets 60-69 nett win­ner Anna Cas­tles ex­claimed. “We were talk­ing about 1992 and sud­denly re­alised Ge­or­gia wasn’t even born then!” still a real star golfer Judy Kruger said. When Kaye Reeves claimed a tro­phy and said the meal was fan­tas­tic, she ut­tered: “That’s one of the ad­van­tages for be­ing over 70!”

Lady Cap­tain Karen Droop de­liv­ered a mas­ter­ful performance be­hind the mi­cro­phone at the pre­sen­ta­tion dinner. “We are so priv­i­leged to have a great course,” Karen, in her third and fi­nal year as cap­tain, told the ladies.

“I con­grat­u­late ev­ery­one who played in the club cham­pi­onships. It’s great to see you all here and en­joy­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties and re­mem­ber­ing those no longer with us but here in spirit.”

Ear­lier, Anna Cas­tles was quite emo­tional when she re­ceived some tro­phies and men­tioned the late Ali­son Collins with whom so many had so many fond mem­o­ries of a won­der­ful lady. Mary Hid­son was also fondly re­ferred to.

Many tro­phy re­cip­i­ents praised the ladies com­mit­tee on their su­perb or­gan­i­sa­tion of the event. “I thank the ladies com­mit­tee for do­ing a mag­nif­i­cent job. It’s been a great at­mos­phere, great ca­ma­raderie ,” first year lady pres­i­dent Mary Hock­ley told the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“The three-day club cham­pi­onship had to be­come a two-day cham­pi­onship be­cause the greens were un­playable on the sched­uled sec­ond day be­cause of the heavy rain last Fri­day. The sup­port from the club for our club cham­pi­onships was fan­tas­tic.”

A Grade lady club cham­pion for 2017, Judy Lang­ford, with run­ner-up Ge­or­gia Mack­lin.

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