Warwick golfer smashes course record
WARWICK golfer Sam Hinze shattered a six-year-old course record at the weekend.
Playing in the Warwick women's golf monthly medal competition, Hinze carded a three-over 74, beating the old mark of 76 set by Sam Foley in November 2012.
Hinze, absolutely chuffed at her efforts now, was initially unaware she'd beaten the old mark.
"We didn't realise until after we'd finished the game,” she said.
"We were just sitting around in the clubhouse talking about our rounds and I knew I'd had a good one, but nobody knew what the course record was. So we checked and discovered I'd beaten it.”
The record was the course played in competition play or from the white competition markers.
Club captain Mary Young said she had been playing in a group behind Hinze's.
"I got a text from one of the ladies in Sam's group asking what the course record was,” she said.
"I wasn't sure but I knew we had it framed on the wall in the clubhouse, so I directed them to that.
"And as we now know, she'd beaten it by two strokes.”
However even that score wasn't enough to win the weekend's competition.
Young said Hinze was playing off a handicap of five.
"That took her net score to 69, but she was beaten by Tub Ingall, whose net score came out at 68 and she won the division,” she said.
"But course records are rare and it's a really big thing for the club, and it's even better the record is now with one of our local golfers.”
Hinze said the thought of breaking the record was exciting.
"It was just a really great day,” she said.
"I had a great group of girls to play with, there were lots of laughs and the course played beautifully.
"The greens are nearly perfect at the moment and everything dropped for me.”
Hinze, after playing golf in Warwick as a junior, life got in the way and she gave the sport up for 10 years.
"I started back in about 10 years ago now,” she said.
"And I absolutely love playing, but I only play when I can.”
As for her card from the weekend it will be framed and hung on the wall until somebody else beats it.