SURPRISED: Lismore golfer Allysen Weaver finished runner-up in a recent national veteran’s tournament in Canberra.
SURPRISED: Lismore golfer Allysen Weaver finished runner-up in a recent national veteran’s tournament in Canberra. Patrick Gorbunovs

Allysen’s aiming for the top on the green

NO ONE is keener to get back on the greens and fairways this year than Allysen Weaver.

The Tuckombil-based player was among the hopefuls teeing off for the new women's golf season at Lismore Workers Golf Club today.

Sixty-six year-old Weaver has a spring in her step since finishing runner-up at the recent 2013 Australian Veteran Golfers Union National Championships.

The right-hander took up the sport about 20 years ago, but has been competing for about the last decade.

"Golf is the only sport I have ever played," she said.

"My sons and my husband were both keen players. I thought 'if you cannot beat them, join them'.

"I love being out in the open spaces. I love the friendships you make and the people you meet.

"It will be lovely to get back into regular events. I cannot wait to get started again."

Weaver attended the Canberra competition with husband John, a keen golfer, while visiting two of her three children in the city.

Dozens of veteran women players from across Australia took part in the 54-hole stableford competition, which featured play at the Gungahlin Lakes, Gold Creek and Yowani courses.

Weaver, who plays off 21 and is a member at Lismore's Barham St club, said she had thrived on the "immaculate" greens and "beautiful" fairways.

"It was just one of those competitions where I managed to play very solidly," she said.

"I knew I was playing well, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I could do well at an event like that.

"I couldn't believe it when they called my name out at the presentation. I was thinking, 'what's this all about'."

Weaver warmed up for the forthcoming season at her home course by finishing runner-up at the latest Coraki women's event last weekend.

She said she was looking forward to working on her game's strengths and weaknesses over the season.

"I'm known a bit for being a straight driver," she said. "That's my strength.

"I hit 37 putts at Coraki (though), which was disgusting. "I definitely need to work on that this year."



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