Terrific Thomas takes Classic win

Nikita Thomas was all smiles after her victory in the Bargara Golf Club Ladies Classic yesterday.
Nikita Thomas was all smiles after her victory in the Bargara Golf Club Ladies Classic yesterday. Vince Habermann

OVERNIGHT leader Nikita Thomas oozed class and made every post a winner, recording a final round 74 to romp to a 10-shot win in the prestigious 2010 Bundaberg Motor Group Bargara Golf Club Ladies Classic yesterday.

The popular 23-year-old of Bargara repeated her Classic triumph of 2005 – the previous time she contested the time-honoured event – finishing with a three-round total of 231.

Five-times Classic winner and two-times champion Jo-Anne Atkin, of the Pacific Club of Brisbane, never recovered from her disappointing first-round 83, but she came home with a 79 to finish on 241 in equal-second place with Rosalyn Gardiner, of Bribie Island, who could manage only an 83.

Atkin was awarded runner-up on a countback, but all honours belonged to Thomas.

Thomas said she went into the carnival “just wanting to put some good rounds together''.

“I've been hitting it good but I just play weekly now and had no great expectations, but today when I had the lead, I really wanted to win,'' Thomas said.

Thomas said she moved to Brisbane after her maiden Classic crown five years ago, and she spent a few years with the Queensland Academy of Sport, but was then out of action for 18 months with a shoulder injury, then had time off for the birth of her son William, who is now two.

The stylish technician started a three-year nursing course at University in February, and she only returned to golf less than three months ago.

“Before this I had won four of my six tournaments including the District Champion at Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Isis and Bundaberg, but this one is pretty sweet,'' she said.

“I just want to have fun these days and it is nice to play and to play well with no pressure any more – I don't have to shoot a score to keep a scholarship now, but it is also nice to keep the family happy.''

Thomas' mother Jan also played in the Classic, but she finished down the board.

What made it even more special was that she had her grandparents Michael Thomas and Mona and Robert Pyke watching on.

Thomas' next big event will be the Holden Scramble State Final at Pelican Waters on October 25 when she will again team up with Fay Neller, Kath McDonnell and Marg Taylor.

“I will also have a grudge match with my dad Zayne in Townsville when I get up there – he is the one who originally got me into golf before I moved here and we always have a good battle,'' she said.

“After that, I have got no special plans – I'll just play whatever comes up.''

Gardiner received some consolation when she was awarded the nett trophy with 220.

Bargara claimed the nett treble with Barbara Charteris and Lyn Saxby taking out the Division 2 and 3 titles respectively.

Charteris carded a final round 95 for a three-round total of 298, to win by one from club-mate Wendy McNamara, while the nett victor was Janet McLaughlan on 222 on a countback from Dawn Clements.

In Division 3, Saxby was the overnight leader, and she went around in 98 to finish with 302, two in advance of another Bargara member Grace Uppman, who took out the nett.