OVER a distance that troubles professional and amateur golfers alike, Laidley's Cheryl Sternberg held her nerve to win the 2014 Bargara Ladies Classic by just one shot ahead of Bundaberg's Liz Cussen at Bargara yesterday.
Tied with Cussen before the final round, Sternberg shot a magnificent 77 that ended with a three-foot putt to finish with 242 (81, 84, 77) for the three-round event on the picturesque course to edge out Cussen on 243 (84, 81, 78).
This year was Sternberg's fourth attempt at the Bargara Ladies Class and she said after struggling to keep the ball on the green in the first two rounds a quick visit to the pro shop was part of the key to victory.
"I hit more greens (in the final round), I was having trouble stopping the ball so I went and saw Phil Curd in the pro shop and he sold me a softer ball," Sternberg said.
"I sank a three-foot putt on the last hole and the other ladies laughed and clapped and said 'you did it'.
"I was a bit nervous before and after I was feeling relieved."
Sternberg was one of 14 women, there are just 24 members in the club, from Laidley who travelled to Bargara to play in the tournament and she said it was one of the best courses she has played on and the Bargara Ladies Classic was a credit to the organising committee.
Runner-up Cussen was equally impressed with the course and the tournament itself and after improving each round she commented if there was one more round she might have had enough in the tank to overhaul Sternberg.
Cussen is planning on going back to her home course, Bundaberg Golf Club, to play on the weekends and improve her game.