Biggenden player honoured at event
Determination pays off for Country Week B grade winner
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.