Trina Jones headed up to Anchorage with her husband, Jeff, and a circle of friends to have fun and play in the Alaska Amateur Handicap Golf Tournament over the weekend.
She figured she'd go out and enjoy herself on the links. Jones had her fun, and also brought home a first place trophy.
"I just came to do it and give it a try," Jones said. "I've been golfing better and I wanted to get out on a couple big, nice courses which are considerably different than Juneau. I was anticipating getting out there and golfing what I could"
The tournament, which takes into account a golfer's handicap score, featured seven women in her flight. Jones shot a final-round gross score of 106 on Sunday at Settler's Bay Golf Course, good for a 71 net score and a very unexpected first-place finish in the second flight.
The first-place finish left Jones surprised and feeling a little bit guilty.
"I had a lot more of a handicap than the other ladies, I almost felt like I was stealing it for a moment because they worked just as hard," Jones joked. "In then end they gave me the trophy and I was like, 'That's so sweet.' I'm happy with that."
Jones shot a 143 after two rounds of play, five shots behind leader Connie Rummel, prior to Sunday's competition.
"It was really fun," Jones said. "It was my very first tournament and I was excited and nervous about seeing what is was all about."
The women's field was divided into two separate flights. The top-flight was for the more experienced golfers while the second-flight was for the novices.
Jones said she enjoyed the camaraderie and friendliness of the competition.
"I found it to be pretty relaxing with a lot of fun and a lot of laughing," Jones said. "We got down on ourselves when we didn't execute the way we wanted to. If we were in the high caliber it would've been pretty intense, but we did the best we could. I'm happy with the tournament being relaxed."
The tournament was played on three different courses - Settler's Bay, Anchorage Golf Course and Moose Run Creek Course.
Through Jones has only been playing golf for four seasons - she calls herself a "newbie" - golf is part of her family. Her husband, Jeff, is the president of the Juneau Golf Course.
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