LYN STEWART has predicted a strong future for young Wagga golfer Josie Currie after her experience proved decisive in winning the Wagga Country Club ladies club championship via a playoff.
Stewart, 61, and Currie, 14, finished tied on a scratch score of 344 at the end of Thursday's final round.
Currie shot a final round 86 and Stewart 87 to set up a three-hole playoff, which Stewart won comfortably to secure her first club championship crown.
"It was very right and to be honest I had no idea after the 18th what the state of play was," Stewart said.
"The playoffs holes are a matchplay game, and because I'm retired I've had a chance to do a bit of matchplay this year.
"She (Currie) may have at junior level but maybe the nerves got to her a bit and I managed to hold it together."
Stewart parred the first play off hole, the par-four first, while Currie had a triple bogey to establish an early three-stroke lead.
That was extended to five after the second playoff hole, the par three second, when Stewart registered another par and Currie a double bogey.
Stewart said Currie, who became the youngest winner of the tournament last year, has the strengths in her game needed to challenge more experienced golfers.
"Josie's got a big future ahead of her. She hits a beautiful ball, composes herself and gets out of trouble well," Stewart said.
"She's got a lot of potential if she sticks with golf. There's not a lot of junior female golfers in Wagga unfortunately, so she's plays with us in the Saturday comp."
The opening two rounds of the Country Club men's club championship will be held on the weekend of November 2-3.