Her recent first place means Del Groundwater has won the Ladies’ Club Championships eight times.
Her recent first place means Del Groundwater has won the Ladies’ Club Championships eight times. Renee Pilcher

Golfers get better with age

Q. Welcome to one on one Del, we hear you have been successful on the green lately.

A. I've just won the Gympie Ladies' Golf Club Championship.

Q. Well done. Is this your first championship win?

A. This is my third year in a row to win the Ladies' Championship. All up I've won it eight times in 25 years.

Q. What's your trick to winning?

A. There's no trick. The older you get, the better you get.

Golfer's are like good wines; they are better with age.

Also, you have to keep focused; you can't play golf with a quick temper because it only makes you worse.

Q. Have you ever scored a hole in one? What does it take to do that?

A. I've had three hole in ones. To do it I think it takes a little bit of expertise and a whole lot of luck.

Q. How long have you been playing golf for?

A. I've been playing for 40 years.

I started in Caboolture and have spent the past 30 years playing in Gympie.

Q. Have you seen much change in golf over those years?

A. Golf has become more expensive, I don't think as many people have as much money to spend on it.

Twenty years ago men would play twice a week, usually on the weekend, now they spend time doing more family things.

I think a lot more focus is on junior sports over the weekend now.

Q. Do you still love the game after 40 years?

A. I'm lucky enough that I can afford to still play and enjoy the game - if there's golf there, I'll play it.

Q. What's it like playing Ladies' golf in Gympie?

A. We have a good crew of women play. On a good day there are around 40 of us, but the average is around 30.

Players range from the experienced to the beginners.

Q. Do you share some of your tips with those new to the game?

A. Definitely. I offer to play a game with them, often they are too embarrassed to play with someone more experienced, but we were all beginners at some stage.

When I started we hacked around and there were a few wrong words said in the process.

I remember putting the ball on the tee and five shots later it was still there.

I tell beginners to keep positive thoughts.

Q. What's your best method of helping new golfers overcome their nerves about playing?

A. The best medicine is when they see an experienced player duff a shot, they get to see that we duff shots too.

Q. It sounds like a challenging game, especially at the start. What drew you the game?

A. I liked the challenge, it might look easy but it's not an easy sport.

I was a tennis player when I moved into golf and I had to learn not to have a quick temper.

It's an individual sport - you play for yourself.

Q. Is there any young local talent in the golfing arena?

A. Yes there are some very good youngsters.

I was lucky enough to travel with the girls' under-17 Wide Bay team to Yeppoon where they competed for, and won the Junior Jug.

I was pretty chuffed to be able to go and help with that, they were nice young girls and I got to see some good golf played.


Player profile

Name: Del Groundwater

Born: Cunnamulla

Favourite food: Chicken or T-bone steak

Favourite TV program: Golf, Heartbeat and Escape to Country

Favourite music: Country and western, including Slim Dusty

Sport you would play if not cricket: Competitive swimming

Memorable moment in sport: My first ever hole in one

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