Tony Bellingham wins Open title
TONY Bellingham was almost caught out by attending a cricket trial for his young son.
He had to race back to the Maryborough Golf Club – he had played his way into a play-off to win the annual City of Maryborough and didn’t know it.
Bellingham had played in the morning in the 18-hole tournament and had carded an even par round of 70.
He then left the course to take his son to cricket.
That was until good mate Paul Mathiesen rang Bellingham’s wife and told her that her husband was needed back at the club for the play-off.
A great gesture considering it was Mathiesen, who had also shot a 70, that Bellingham was to go head-to-head against until a winner was crowned.
That winner was Bellingham after he parred the first play-off hole.
Mathiesen didn’t go home empty-handed though.
He won the A-grade cross title.
Ray Seeney finished two shots further back after his 72.
Bellingham, who has a scratch handicap, is no stranger to winning the tournament.
He’s won it a couple of times before but that didn’t prevent him from saying he enjoyed winning it again this time.
“It’s always a good feeling to win any tournament,” Bellingham said.
“I don’t play as much nowadays either, so I was pleased with the way I hit it.”
But how does Bellingham feel about beating his mate, someone he has teamed with to win numerous foursomes championships, to the title?
“We don’t let that worry us at all,” he said.
“It’s only a game of golf – we’re mates.”
Maris Cekulis won the B-grade title by two shots following his 79 while Jeff Thompson triumphed in C-grade by one shot with an 88.
The tournament was contested by 140 players.