Irene Kerr from Noosa competing in a Golf Week game at the Rockhampton Golf Club.
Irene Kerr from Noosa competing in a Golf Week game at the Rockhampton Golf Club. Chris Ison ROK160517cgolf5

350-strong field tees off on Rocky, Yeppoon fairways

GOLF: Mackay's Sheree Hasson and Burleigh's Margrethe Harbo teamed up to win the Division 1 foursomes championship on the opening day of the Queensland Women's Country Championships.

The largest participation event run by Golf Queensland, it is being played on the Rockhampton and Yeppoon golf courses.

About 350 amateur golfers from across the state (excluding the Brisbane district) are taking part in the championships, which started on Monday with the foursomes.

Hasson - the lowest marker at the tournament, playing off plus two - and Harbo scored 83 to take the honours on the first day.

The full field was divided into two divisions based on handicap, with Division 1 playing at Rockhampton and Division 2 at Yeppoon.

Brenda Phillips (Calliope) and Debra McCowan (Mackay) won the Division 2 foursomes with a total of 92.

For the remaining two days of play, the golfers are split into four divisions.

Today the first and second division golfers played a stroke event at Yeppoon and the third and fourth division golfers a single stableford.

The final day of the event will be played tomorrow, with the divisions swapping courses again.

Matt Field, golf operations officer at Golf Queensland, said the annual championships were held on a rotational basis in regions across the state and attracted a strong field wherever they were staged.

"It's easily the most popular event that we run and the ladies really enjoy it,” he said.

"The committees of both clubs (Rockhampton and Yeppoon) are doing a fantastic job and everything has been really well organised.”

Field was tipping a tight race for the overall championship, with Hasson and scratch marker Trudi Petrie from 1770 expected to feature in the finish.