Sunshine Coast golfer Jennifer Ray is one of four women in the Condamine Sports Club Pro-Am today.
Sunshine Coast golfer Jennifer Ray is one of four women in the Condamine Sports Club Pro-Am today. Warren Lynam

Pro-am golfers tee off

AT 18 years of age, Jennifer Ray is looking for her best performance in the professional ranks at the Warwick Golf Club today.

She is one of four women trainees in the field going head to head with the men for prizemoney.

The fairer sex will play off the women's tees which reduce the distance of each fairway marginally.

Ray is one of 35 players in the Condamine Sports Club Trainees Pro-Am, the first event of its kind in Warwick for a decade.

Ray started in the sport at the age of nine at the Headland Golf Club at Buderim and is in her first year of a traineeship at the Palmer Coolum Resort to become a professional.

"I went well at the start of the year and hopefully will play well at Warwick," Ray said.

She admits the boys have had the ascendency at the top of the leaders' board in the trainee pro ranks this year.

"It is a challenge to play against the men," she said.

Her best score is par and she admits she will have to improve three or four shots to make it to Ladies Professional Golf Association tour events overseas.

When she is not playing, she doesn't watch a lot of golf on television or the course.

"I would rather be out there playing and doing my own thing," she said.

Also playing today is three-time Warwick open champion Jane Evans, who has competed overseas and is completing a traineeship.



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