BSSC Alumnus and Bendigo golfer, Kristi Bilkey, has ensured her name will go down in the record books after breaking the ladies course record at Neangar Park Golf Club.

The 22-year-old has a handicap of +1 and carded 70 (two under-par) off the stick to set the new record.

“The round just sort of happened – I played steady and didn’t make any mistakes,” Bilkey said.

“There have been a few rounds where I was a few shots under-par and on the last few holes it got to my head, nerves build and I throw it all away.

“So I just stayed calm and played safe.”

Bilkey started playing when she was a 7-year-old, following in the footsteps of her golfing family.

“I love playing golf because it’s your own individual responsibility to improve, you need to put in the effort before you will see any reward,” Bilkey said

“Golf can be a tough game.

“You can have weeks where you don’t get out onto the course and your swing will feel completely different.”

Bilkey currently plays division one pennant for the Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne and has represented Golf Central Victoria in country teams for the past four years.

In 2017 Bilkey and her father David created history at Bendigo Golf Club by both winning the men’s and ladies’ club championships.

Her focus is also off the course where she has a joint role with her mother Jenni at Golf Central Victoria promoting the future of women and girls in the sport.

Golf presents non-stop challenges, and it’s this element of the sport that keeps Bilkey coming back round after round.

After recently graduating from La Trobe University with a degree in accounting, the possibility of her one day turning professional hasn’t been ruled out.

Anthony Pinda – Bendigo Advertiser 3/4/2019   Picture: Darren Howe

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