Rain could not hold Ollett back

LONG-TIME tough competitor Rhondelle Ollett holds the lead after a rain-interrupted first round of the 2010 Bundaberg Motor Group Bargara Golf Club Ladies Classic yesterday.

The Redcliffe Club, who was third going into the final round of the event last year before fading as Jo-Anne Atkin claimed the Division 1 title for the fifth time and who has a handicap of eight, carded a five-over 78 in extremely difficult positions.

She holds a one-shot lead over Bribie Island seven-marker Rosalyn Gardiner and Bargara's own Nikita Thomas, a former Classic champion who has come back to the game this year after having time off for the birth of her child.

Atkin is next on 83, and tournament director Val Bazley said she is certainly not out of it and that the scores were “very good in the conditions'' after rain fell for much of the day, decimating the afternoon field.

“Jo-Anne has been a great player over many years and, although she's a bit off the pace and has got a tough job in front of her, she definitely has the ability to win it again,'' Bazley said.

Three Bargara players also head the Division 2 leader-board with Jessica Williams on top with 95, two clear of Barbara Charters, with another local, Dawn Clements, sharing third with Ann Struik, who hails from Gladstone, two shots further back.

“The afternoon players certainly had the worst of the weather when they teed off, and conditions did not improve, and they were such bad conditions (yesterday), anything could happen (today), and scores should improve if the conditions improve,'' Bazley said.

Bazley also said those players who did not take to the course yesterday afternoon will line up today and, even though they are obviously out of contention for the overall titles, there are daily trophies which they can still aspire to.

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