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."