Mills finds touch
By ADAM HICKS
AS Karrie Webb was making head-lines at Kingston Heath Golf Club, former Coraki course record-holder Joanne Mills was charging up the leaderboard in the final round the of Australia Women’s Open.
Mills started the last day four over par and in 19th position.
But she came out firing.
“I wasn’t feeling any pressure because I wasn’t up close to the leaders. I just had a personal goal,” she said.
“I wasn’t looking at winning because I knew the girls in front were shooting scores to high.
“I just wanted to get into the red figures.”
Mills fired a five-under-par 67 to finish Australia’s premier women’s golf tournament one under, and fifth overall.
The 38-year-old is hoping to recapture that final round form when she tees off in the $16,500 Coraki Optus World Ladies Pro-Am event on Sunday.
“I played in Coraki when it first started. This will my fourth time at the Pro-Am,” Mills said.
“I think years and years ago when I was an amateur I held the course record at Coraki.
“It’s a nice little golf course and the members put in 100 per cent effort for us girls who come down and I always look forward to coming.”
Mills finished the open seven strokes behind Webb, who won the tournament in a play-off, but Mills said she was happy with the comeback.
“I had trouble hitting the bunkers the first three days. It cost me a few shots,” she said.
“I didn’t hit any on the last day.
“I hit a few shots close and gave myself good chances.
“I putted well and didn’t have any bogeys.”
The Coraki Pro-Am is the last event on the Australian Ladies Professional golf calendar and will be Mills’ last competition before heading back to Europe for her 15th season on the professional European tour.
She is one of 30 tour professionals who have nominated to play in the tournament on Sunday.
Coraki Golf Club president Mark Scurr said all spectators were welcome and entry was free.
“The course is in excellent condition with greenkeeper Steve Cannings and his group of volunteers working wonders after the recent heavy rains,” Scurr said.
“We have a full weekend of activities planned, including a pre-tournament dinner on the Saturday night, so we’re really looking forward to it.
“Spectators at the pro-am on Sunday are most welcome.”