Looking forward to the challenge
Judy Gillam eager to begin playing the country’s best on home turf
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.