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Ashleigh makes it four for the Arnolds

Ashleigh Arnold
Ashleigh Arnold

Cronulla's Ashleigh Arnold has made it four for the family at Cronulla Golf Club.

The 26-year old has added her name to those of her brothers, Jamie, Scott and Brett on the honour board at the Sutherland Shire Club after taking out the Ladies Championship in a hard-fought 36-hole final.

"It was an amazing feeling to win; it nearly slipped out of my fingers.”

“It was my first time playing a match play championship. It was tough; I only won by two holes.”

“A lot of people sent congratulations, Jamie messaged me. He was overseas at the time; he was really pleased.”

"All of our names are on the honour board now," she beamed.

The Arnold Family
The Arnold Family

The Arnolds have a long connection to the Cronulla club. Their father, Colin, has been the club professional for over 26 years. Her brothers, Jamie and Scott, have made names for themselves on the Web.com and European Challenge Tours. Her other brother Brett remains closer to home, working as a builder.

Despite the strong family connection to the sport and the Cronulla Club, Ashleigh only began playing seriously about six years ago after spending her teenage years playing competitive tennis. She credits her development in the sport to her dad, Colin, and long-time NSW State Coach, Alex Mercer.

“I played tennis competitively before I started playing. I came to the sport pretty late.”

“Dad gives me lessons, and I’ve had a few lessons with Alex as well. He calls me his number two girl,” Ashleigh laughed, "After his wife!”

Arnold, who works as a QantasLink flight attendant, is determined to see how far she can progress in the sport. Her job gives her plenty of flexibility to practice and play, and following her brothers into the play-for-pay ranks is definitely on her mind.

“The different hours I work help me get to practice, and I get to play comp a couple of times a week.”

“I do aspire to go down the pro golf route. If I can shoot consistently under par, and maybe after I win a few tournaments,” she said.

When asked about defending her club title this year, Arnold was quick to reply.

“You have to defend your title. I want to win again. I can't wait,” she smiled.


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