Jo Orr edges out mother Lyn Willcock in playoff to claim ladies championship

Jo Orr claimed her sixth Stawell Golf Club ladies championships on Wednesday, defeating her mother in a tense playoff.

Orr held a six-shot lead over mother Lyn Willcock going into the final round of the championships, but a round of 84 – the best of the day – saw Willcock draw level with Orr on 264 each and force a three-hole playoff.

“At the end of the third round we counted and it looked like I won, but after a recount it turned out Jo and I were level,” Willcock said.

A double-bogey on the first playoff hole put Willcock in a position she could not recover from, with Orr shooting par on every hole to win her sixth championships.

“Jo is a very strong hitter so I was always going to be up against it going head to head from her,” Willcock said.

Willcock said the final round was “full of nerves and excitement”.

“I think it is the first time a mother and daughter have had to playoff for the ladies championships at Stawell which is special,” she said.

“Even though I lost I was chuffed to play some good golf and for Jo to end up winning.”

Willcock did not leave empty handed, taking out the A Grade handicap title with a score of 217.

Rosemary Perry won the B Grade scratch championships with Jane Delley winning the C Grade scratch title.

Judy Clayton and Muriel Hart were the respective B and C Grade handicap winners.

2018 STAWELL GOLF CLUB LADIES CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Club Champion: Jo Orr

B Grade Champion: Rosemary Perry

C Grade Champion: Jane Delley

54 Hole Handicap A Grade: Lyn Willcock (16) 217

54 Hole Handicap B Grade: Judy Clayton (24) 229

54 Hole Handicap C Grade: Muriel Hart (32) 230

ROUND THREE RESULTS

A Grade: Lyn Wilkcock 84/15/69

Runner Up: Jill McInerney 86/16/70

B Grade: Jan Alborough 99/26/73

Runner Up: Rosemary Perry 99/25/74

C Grade: Jane Delley 102/29/73

Runner Up: Dulcie Molan 110/35/75