Look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge

Judy Gil­lam ea­ger to be­gin play­ing the coun­try’s best on home turf

The Western Star - - Sports - BY DAVE KEARSEY THE WESTERN STAR dkearsey@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Be­ing fa­mil­iar with the fair­ways will cer­tainly help, but Judy Gil­lam knows she’s in tough with some of the best sea­soned golfers in the coun­try pro­vid­ing the op­po­si­tion.

Gil­lam, a Cor­ner Brook na­tive who is a mem­ber at Hum­ber Val­ley Re­sort, is look­ing for­ward to tee­ing off at the 2017 Cana­dian Women’s mid-am­a­teur and se­nior golf cham­pi­onships on her home turf Aug. 21-24 at the 72par course.

Gil­lam, who won the 2017 New­found­land and Labrador am­a­teur, mid-am­a­teur, se­nior and su­per se­nior ti­tles, is among the eight women from this prov­ince who will par­tic­i­pate in the event.

She knows some elite golfers, some of whom play a lot of golf in the United States, will be put­ting up some good rounds so it’s go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing to say the least.

“It will be a chal­lenge, but I’m hop­ing to make the cut,” she said.

Gil­lam has played in nu­mer­ous na­tional events through­out her golf ca­reer, but had the plea­sure of play­ing in her home prov­ince only one oc­ca­sion — that was the na­tional se­nior women’s tour­na­ment at Bally Haly in St. John’s in 2008.

“I’m al­ways happy when it’s here,” Gil­lam said. “I think it’s per­fect ex­po­sure for Hum­ber Val­ley and the whole area re­ally.”

More im­por­tantly, she’s ex­cited about hav­ing the big­gest field ever from this prov­ince for a na­tional tour­na­ment she has at­tended. Yes, she ad­mits the fact it is be­ing played in the Hum­ber Val­ley doesn’t hurt, but she be­lieves the game on the fe­male side is in pretty good shape. “I think women’s golf is cer­tainly get­ting a lot bet­ter on the is­land, par­tic­u­larly at the se­nior level,” she said.

Cor­ner Brook’s Donna Davis and Stephenville’s Kath­leen Jean will also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the tour­na­ment, along with Gil­lams’ fel­low Team NL team­mates Gale Roberts and Janet Mills, both of whom golf out of Bally Haly in the cap­i­tal city.

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