Charlie Saunders, who won the golf championship at the Craignish Country Club for the eighth time in a row this year, gives son David some helpful hints. David was the runner-up this year.
Charlie Saunders, who won the golf championship at the Craignish Country Club for the eighth time in a row this year, gives son David some helpful hints. David was the runner-up this year. Alistair Brightman

Golf star takes home another title

CHARLIE Saunders has passed on everything he knows about golf to son David.

But David still wasn’t able to dethrone Charlie, who has won the Craignish Country Club’s golf championship every year since he joined the club eight years ago.

The achievement is not bad for someone who discovered he had a talent for golf a little later in life.

In 1984, when Charlie joined the Royal Australian Air Force, he discovered there was a golfing green on the base – and not too long after that found out he had a lot of ability as well.

“I had never played before in my life,” he said.

“I just decided to have a go and someone said: ‘Mate, you’re pretty handy with a golf club’.

“It was something I picked up pretty easily.”

This year Charlie, who has competed for Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria at a state level, faced his toughest competition yet when his son David gave him a real run for his money.

Charlie has won the four-round series fairly comfortably every year since 2002 but won by only five shots this year.

David, 24, actually led for the first two rounds but Charlie was able to fight his way back to win.

“He’s my biggest threat.”

Charlie loves playing at the Craignish club – where a score of 68 is considered par for the course – because of its relaxed atmosphere.

As well as playing at the course regularly he also tends the grounds and knows the greens like the back of his hand.

David got involved with the game as a youngster. His dad cut one of his clubs down to size and the two of them, both left-handers, played golf together regularly – and still do.

“He’s always had the knack for it,” Charlie said.

Charlie would like nothing more than to win 10 in a row but, failing that, he would love to see David win the championship and keep the title in the family.

David, who along with his dad has a handicap in the single figures, said he would definitely be looking for revenge next year.



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