Biggen­den player hon­oured at event

De­ter­mi­na­tion pays off for Coun­try Week B grade win­ner

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S - Shirley Way

TRY­ING to beat the lit­tle white ball all the time has kept Gordon Dowl­ing on the golf course.

Last week, the keen Biggen­den golfer at­tended Golf Queens­land’s Coun­try Week for the 50th time.

Mr Dowl­ing said the an­nual Bris­bane event – always timed for the Ex­hi­bi­tion week – was held over four days and four dif­fer­ent cour­ses: In­dooroop­illy, Redcliffe, Nudgee and Vir­ginia.

“Each day we go to a dif­fer­ent course, with the Cham­pi­onships on the first

Gordon Dowl­ing I have no favourite com­pe­ti­tions; what­ever they put us up to we play them.

two days, then the Four­somes and Four Ball com­pe­ti­tions,” he said.

“I won the B grade this year and they give you vouch­ers now from My­ers and a lit­tle plaque.

“And the boys from home made a statue on the board and that was an­other hon­our.”

Lo­cal spon­sor Biggen­den’s Grand Ho­tel also made T-shirts em­bla­zoned with Gordon 50 years, Coun­tryWeek for this year’s group of 16 to wear at the Four­somes event.

It was tra­di­tion to wear a dif­fer­ent year’s T-shirt each day, Mr Dowl­ing ex­plained.

The life mem­ber of Biggen­den Golf Club be­gan play­ing golf at age 18 to 20.

“You meet mates that wanted you to play, so I started young,” he said.

“I have no favourite com­pe­ti­tions; what­ever they put us up to we play them.”

He re­mem­bers the first Coun­tryWeek he at­tended for trav­el­ling down in an FJ Holden, and mar­ry­ing Mary in Oc­to­ber the same year.

“The first blokes I went down with are no more, but I’ve got to keep go­ing, I sup­pose.

“Over the last few years, I met up with the boys from Black­wa­ter. I like go­ing back and meet­ing all the other play­ers from coun­try clubs.”

What started as a group of four or five has grown to a group of 16 Biggen­den play­ers at­tend­ing Coun­try Week – in­clud­ing his son Paul, son-in-law Dar­ren and grand­son Zachary.

Paul – a 15-year vet­eran of the event – was the stayer, he said.

“He can take over now, but I’m pretty healthy and I’ll go ’til I can’t go any more.”


GORDON DOWL­ING: A keen Biggen­den golfer, Gordon has at­tended Golf Queens­land's Coun­try Week for 50 years. His mates made him a statue of a golfer to hon­our the event.

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