42 club titles and counting
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.”