Visiting golfers conquer
THEY came, they saw and they conquered.
Well, that was the case at the Hervey Bay Golf Club.
Three visiting players finished first, second and third during the annual Wide Bay Open and Closed Championship.
Queensland representative Adam Boyer (Indooroopilly Golf Club) won the two-day, 36-hole event after a play-off with Scott Warren from Gin Gin.
Boyer and Warren both carded a score of 142 to force the tournament into extra time before Boyer sunk a birdie putt to win the title.
Another state player, Rick Coleman (North Lakes Golf Club) finished third.
However, there were a few locals in the field of more than 140 players who did enjoy their slice of success.
Maryborough's Mark Knapp won the A-Grade nett title on countback from Hervey Bay member Michael Pascoe.
Other members of the host club cleaned-up in the other divisions.
Ray Chapman won by B-Grade by six shots from Allan Sellke while Peter Cross won the nett title by one shot from Charles Couper.
Andrew Edmonds was also a one-shot winner in C-Grade from Stan Callahan while Wayne Porter won the nett title on countback from David Curtis.
Hervey Bay Golf Club captain Brian Whitcombe said the scoring had been impressive given the conditions.
“The wind was up on day one and the greens were fast,” Whitcombe said.
“It really tested the field and the best players rose to the occasion.
“One of those who did was our junior club champion Connor Reeves – he carded a 71 which was really impressive in tough conditions.
“The following day, the wind had died down but the greens had dried and were quicker and that's when Adam (Boyer) showed his class.
“He shot a 67 which was a fantastic effort.
“Unfortunately for Connor he couldn't continue his great form from the opening round and finished with a 77.
“Saying that, he's only 13 and he's learning all the time – he's got plenty of time on his side to try and win this tournament.”