Locals unseat a favourite to lead Coast pennants
By ROD McLEOD
AFTER a strong 6-1 win over Sanctuary Cove, Coolangatta Tweed remain undefeated and now lead division 1 in senior Gold Coast District Pennants.
Many had believed Sanctuary Cove would be one of the standout sides this year, so all is looking good for Joe Long and his team this year.
In the super seniors, a two-win, one-loss start has Coolangatta Tweed right in the thick of things in their division as well. The next couple of games will be critical, but I know Roy Erskin and his players will be giving it their all.
THE B and C-grade Gold Coast District Championships were held over the weekend in ideal conditions for golf.
With some great prizes on offer to the winners and the chance to represent the district at the Queensland Regional Championships later in the year, competition was tight.
The C-grade winner with a gross score of 90 was Scott Osman, from Gold Coast Burleigh, with the runner-up Coolangatta Tweed's Greg Moir five shots back.
The B-grade champion with a well-constructed 82 gross was local golfer and surfing identity, Gordon Park.
This was a great result for Gordon who recently celebrated his 60th birthday.
The runner-up was another local, Wayne Henseleit who finished on the same total but was beaten on a countback.
FOR the fifth consecutive year, %Emerald Lakes Golf Club will host a week of professional golf focussing on the Queensland PGA Championship, from November 1 to 4.
The Greater Building Society Queensland PGA Championship, the second to last Von Nide Tour event of 2007, has previously showcased some of Australia's best emerging golfing talent, including the likes of Nathan Green, Nick Flanagan, Jason Day and Scott Gardiner. They have all gone on to international success.
ALSO at Emerald Lakes is the popular Daikin Night Golf Shoot-out on Tuesday, October 30. This unique competition is played over nine holes starting at 6.30pm. But hoping to provide an even greater spectacle, this year's event will be played over a loop of four holes within close proximity of the Emerald Lakes clubhouse. Holes 10, 11, 17 and 18 will be used in rotation, with one player per hole eliminated. The two players remaining after eight holes will return to the 18th tee to determine the winner.
If those players remain deadlocked at the completion of nine holes, a nearest to the flag shootout from 100 metres will be used to determine the winner.
Another innovation this year is the construction of a pontoon on the lake directly behind the 10th tee as a temporary tee for that hole.
The shoot-out field will include among others Peter Senior, 2006 PGA champion Cameron Percy, Ossie Moore, Lucas Parsons, Kurt Barnes and brilliant 18-year-old, Amy Yang.
THE final of the 15th Keno NSW Mixed Fourball Championship is on at Bonville International Golf Club tomorrow and Thursday.
Since the start of the year 248 clubs with over 4500 pairs have completed club qualifying rounds. The first three place-getters at country golf clubs and the leading pairs at metropolitan clubs then progressed to a series of play-offs to determine the finalists.
In total, pairs from each of the 20 district golf associations will compete alongside 20 metropolitan pairs to crown the NSW mixed fourball champions for 2007. The Northern Rivers will be represented by Mark Smith and Gina Henrickson from Ocean Shores Country Club.
!RAGS to riches with last week's round of the week winner Shaun Light coming off a tremendous 40 points in difficult conditions recording a not-so-sensational 18 points in Saturday's competition.
It's a great game golf but no matter how well you go, there always seems to be a way it will jump up and grab you.