Fifth-time lucky for Cooroy team

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

SHANE “Shanker” Scan­lan has been com­ing from Cooroy to Mun­dub­bera for the Im­pe­rial Chal­lenge since its in­cep­tion and for five years he has missed out on the sil­ver­ware.

This year, for the first time, he fin­ished on top of the leader­board with 113 net.

The week­end in the coun­try re­ally payed off, after he teamed up with some of his great mates.

The Cooroy team of Shane Scan­lan, Dale “Orby” Boys and Ray “Sil­ver Fox” Lally fin­ished the first day three-un­der par off the stick and that was a great start for the team.

“We’re hav­ing a fan­tas­tic day and the putts are find­ing the mark more of­ten than not,” Scan­lan said.

“We are in good shape after the first 18 and we are get­ting the feel of the course,” he said.

The Cooroy boys did not have it all their own way, hav­ing to snatch a come-from-be­hind vic­tory in the fi­nal round against some tough com­pe­ti­tion.

Mun­dub­bera Open cham­pion Bai­ley Kim­ber cap­tained the Kim­ber Fam­ily team which had a one-shot lead go­ing into the fi­nal 18 holes.

Kim­ber said he wasn’t hav­ing a good day and the whole team was a lit­tle on edge in the lead-up to the fi­nal round.

“I have been pin high all day but off the mark most of the time,” Bai­ley said.

The fam­ily team fin­ished third. The Mun­dub­bera Golf Club Im­pe­rial Chal­lenge three-ball am­brose at­tracted 14 teams of three for a week­end of chal­leng­ing golf.

Even­tual run­ners-up

Shanker Scan­lan The putts are find­ing the mark more of­ten than not.

were the smok­ies in the field.

Led by Jock Zipf, Gail Lee and Lois Mesner stayed con­sis­tent all day to fin­ish one stroke be­hind the win­ners on 114 net.

Club pres­i­dent Tony Smyth was elated with the turnout and the way the week­end had gone.

“This week­end was ex­cep­tional, the support from the com­mu­nity was phe­nom­e­nal,” he said.

“The scores were close and it all came down to the last hole.”

Next year the club hopes to host its best chal­lenge yet.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

GREAT AP­PROACH: This was an im­pres­sive ap­proach by the leader of Sun­shine Coast team, The Wig­gles.

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