Dolan claims big scalps to take out Classic
THE long trips up the Bruce Hwy are certainly paying off for Hugh Dolan.
The Sunshine Coast-based golfer claimed his second Fraser Coast Legends Classic despite a scare during his final hole at Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club on Sunday.
The 63-year-old carded the second best score of the day, firing a two-under-par 68 to overhaul overnight leaders Garry Merrick and Gary Schofield and finish the 36-hole event at five-under-par.
But it wasn't all plain sailing for Dolan, who thought he had blown his chance of adding to his 2010 title when he three-putted the first hole to finish his final round with a bogey.
"I hit it on the green and left my first putt a bit short and then I missed that so I was a bit concerned that had cost me the tournament," he said.
"I thought the guys (Merrick and Schofield) who were four-under after the first round would shoot a couple under and get me, but they didn't shoot so well today so I'm a little lucky."
Dolan didn't need any luck in his opening round on Sat-urday, shooting a superb three-under-par 67 to go into the final round just one shot off the pace.
Among the 50-strong field he beat to secure the title included former world top-10 Rodger Davis (72, 74), popular golfing identity Ossie Moore (71,73) and 1986 Aust-ralian PGA Championship winner Michael Harwood (73, 71).
"I've been on the tour for a while and had a few wins, but it's always great to have another one," Dolan said.
"As I'm getting older they're probably going to get fewer and farther between, but it's very pleasing."
Dolan said the course perfectly suited his game.
"It's fairly tight, but I usually drive it straight and fortunately this time I putted reasonably well too," he said.