Oates wins seventh Gladstone Ladies Golf Open
RAELEE Oates survived a tough back nine to take out the Central State Fuels Gladstone Ladies Golf Open by two shots in blustery conditions yesterday.
Oates, 26, collected her seventh Gladstone title and second in succession, edging out Miriam Vale Golf Club's Lorraine Emery (82) and Gladstone's Rachael Burke (86) for the A grade gross honours.
Oates, who has moved to the Rydges Capricornia club from her previous Emu Park headquarters since winning last year's title, said she had struggled with the fast greens on the back nine yesterday.
After firing 37 holes for the first nine holes, Oates shot 43 coming back to the clubhouse to 12-over for the day.
Although not happy with her finish to the day, Oates was thrilled with the win in her first major outing for the season after work commitments kept her out of the Emu Park Open.
She was pleased with her form coming into the Australian Amateur Championships at Rydges and the Country Week event at Yeppoon and Rockhampton, both of which are being staged next month.
Although confined to runnerup in the gross competition, Emery did share in the prizes by taking out the A grade nett score with 72 on a countback from BITS' Cheryl Fisher.
Other results: B grade gross winner Helena Beale (Glad) 90, runner-up Lorrie Donaldson (Rock) 93. B grade nett winner Jam Bramley 69, runner-up Helena Beale 69.
C grade gross winner Bev Olive (102), runner-up Vickie Harris (105). C grade nett winner Bev Olive (72), Vickie Harris (73).