SITTING PRETTY: Paul Bray won the A-grade title in the 36-hole Maryborough Golf Club Veterans Championships.
SITTING PRETTY: Paul Bray won the A-grade title in the 36-hole Maryborough Golf Club Veterans Championships. Karleila Thomsen/Fraser Coast Chronicle

It's no lie - Porky wins

PAUL Bray hasn't been telling a Porky pie.

Bray, who is nicknamed Porky, was telling the truth when he said he'd won his first golf tournament as a veteran.

Bray claimed the A-grade title in the 36-hole Maryborough Golf Club Veterans Championships.

The 55-year-old, who plays off a handicap of eight, carded rounds of 76 and 77 on the par-70 layout.

But the big-hitting Bray, one of the youngest players in the field (you have to be 55 to play veterans) had a nervous wait in the clubhouse before he won the bragging rights for the next 12 months.

He finished with the same score as defending champion and current Wide Bay District veterans champion, and a fellow member of the Maryborough club, Peter Baker (74 and 79).

Bray got his hands on the trophy though after a countback on the final round.

Another former Wide Bay and Maryborough champion, Geoff Hogan, finished one shot behind Bray and Baker.

Not surprisingly, Bray, who has been playing the game for more than 30 years now, said he was pleased with his win.

“Winning the tournament is a great way to start my veterans career,” said Bray, whose handicap has been as low as six in his career.

“There were a lot of talented players in the field and I was two shots behind the leader (Baker) before the final round so to win it feels great.”

But what was the key to Bray's success?

“I played really well at the start of the final round - I hit 10 greens in regulation,” he said.

“That certainly helped as I struggled a bit in the run home and I had a double-bogey on one hole.

“Maybe the nerves started to get to me but I managed to hold on.”

Ken List won the B-grade crown while Earl Nobbs won the C-grade title.



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