ASH McCourt won the Bargara Golf Classic after a pulsating final round yesterday.

Needing to land her putts on the final hole, to take the title, McCourt held her nerve to claim the crown by two strokes over Trudi Petrie (Rockhampton).

Defending champion Cheryl Sternberg (Laidley) finished third, with Gia Stolz (Caloundra) and Marian Hemsley (Bundaberg) rounding out the top five.

It was McCourt's first competitive golf win of her career.

"I started really well but had a rough patch in the middle of my round," McCourt said.

"Thankfully, after the first nine holes, I got a caddy and Marg calmed me down."

"It really helped me gain my focus and making my game simple."

The golfer, who hails from the suburb of Nudgee in Brisbane, added she was nervous about making the final putt to win the classic.

"I've never been in that position before, so to make the putt and win was fantastic."

"I'm still shaking from the result and I now want to come back next year and defend my title," she added.

Tournament director for the event, Val Bazley, was pleased about the success of the classic.

"The weather has been beautiful and the wind has not hampered the golfers."

"All the ladies have loved the course and are starting to book their place in the classic again next year," Bazley said

In other results, local Bargara players Debra West and Molly Roberts took out division 2 and 3 respectively.



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