Shepparton Golf Club's Leah Boyd, who was still learning the game this time last year, has teamed with Erane Goodman to claim the Doris Chambers Cup.By Ashleigh Williamson
Leah Boyd was a golf learner having lessons when the Doris Chambers Cup was played about this time last year.
Boyd’s quick rise on the course culminated with her and Erane Goodman becoming the first Shepparton Golf Club winners of the prestigious foursomes stableford event on Friday last week.
Boyd, 43, and Goodman, 52, won their club’s qualifier to be one of 128 pairs in the Doris Chambers field at Goonawarra Golf Club, Sunbury.
They only became a pair after Boyd’s original partner, Heather Brain, withdrew the night before the Shepparton qualifier.
‘‘She’s our handicapper, so she was going around with a newer player,’’ Goodman said of Brain.
‘‘As slack as I always am, I didn’t put my name down until the night before and Heather said ‘can you play with Leah, please?’’’
Boyd and Goodman braved hail, rain and strong winds during a practice round at Goonawarra the day before the Doris Chambers Cup.
Boyd said Goonawarra’s flatness and water hazards were a different challenge than her hilly and water-less home course.
‘‘The fact that I’ve only been playing for 12 months, I really haven’t played a lot of courses, so it was a big step up for me,’’ she said.
Goodman has a 20 handicap and Boyd plays off 45.
Their paired handicap of 33 meant they earned three stableford points for bogeying a hole in the alternate shot format.
They won the cup with 37 points, including three scoreless holes, on a countback from St James duo Julie Trask and Pat Cook.
Boyd started playing golf to fill in time while her children Gemma, 6, and Harrison, 8, were at school.
She said playing golf with her husband Lance and their children had become a family regular outing.
Boyd said Goodman was a calming influence.
‘‘Erane’s encouraging and she gives me direction to a degree, assists me with where to hit the ball,’’ Boyd said.
Former Ladies Golf Union president Doris Chambers donated the perpetual trophy for the event that would be named after her.
The event was first played in 1950, with Euroa pair Roma Joyce and Debra Carrigy the most recent Goulburn Valley winners in 2004.
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