42 club ti­tles and count­ing

Inside Golf - - Clubs -

SING it loud from the rooftops: Vic­to­rian golfer Ian Bal­four has just col­lected his 42nd club cham­pi­onship.

On sec­ond thought, bet­ter whis­per it. Ian Bal­four is a quiet achiever, who shuns the lime­light. “I don’t think it’s a big deal,” he said. “It’s more en­joy­able if you have a good score than win­ning ti­tles. It’s just nice to keep your game in shape.”

This year Ian col­lected his 23rd club cham­pi­onship at Woorayl Golf Club at Leon­gatha in South Gipp­s­land, win­ning by a mas­sive 21 shots.

His other 19 club cham­pi­onship wins were at Ko­rum­burra Golf Club.

“I was a mem­ber of two clubs (Woorayl and Ko­rum­burra) for a while so I was club cham­pion at both clubs in the same year a few times,” Ian said.

The four hand­i­cap­per first joined Woorayl Golf Club in 1966 and won his first club cham­pi­onship there in 1974.

Since then he has been win­ning club ti­tles at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals although he hasn’t al­ways won by a coun­try mile.

“There have been a few play­offs – four or five,” the 56-year-old ware­house man­ager ad­mit­ted. “I think I won three or four play­offs and lost one.”

Ian, who rep­re­sented South Gipp­s­land Coun­try Week as a player and cap­tain, won the South Gipp­s­land Cham­pi­onships “a cou­ple of times”.

“I also won the Gipp­s­land Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons ti­tle,” he said.

Ian’s wife Gail told In­side Golf she was proud of her hus­band’s achieve­ments over a long pe­riod.

“He is a quiet achiever, but I think he de­serves recog­ni­tion.”

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