AS PREDICTED (expected) Blake was the Dowling who turned in four great rounds of golf to record a four under par 276 (a record score for the championship) and win the A-grade gross championship by a convincing margin from his brother Damien. Three players tied for the net A-grade trophy on 287 net, with Kev Savage winning from Clinton Dowling on a countback, with Dave Robinson thus winning the overall 72-hole net with his score of 287.
Michael Stanton led the B-grade gross competition consistently throughout the four rounds, and while closely pressed coming into the final round, managed to hold his nerve while his main rivals lost their way a little. Michael won with a gross score of 336 ahead of runner-up Peter Steel. Larry Pershouse scored 287 to win the B-grade net, two shots ahead of runner-up Norm Plath.
Mark McAulay won the C-grade gross with a steady final round to lead frontrunner Bob Champney by four shots. In the men’s C-grade net, Len Stallard managed to win from runner-up Roger Draper by four shots also.
Helen Ricciardi scored 339 and won the Women’s A-grade gross convincingly from Fiona Dowling, while Cynthia Draper won the A-grade net ahead of Margaret Dennett.
Cecily Fay also won the B-grade gross well, recording 379 strokes, with Joy Cartner runner-up. Joan Wright won the B-grade net, with Robyn Robinson runner-up. Fiona Dowling won the special trophy for the “master” women’s putter of the championships. Val Plath deservedly won the overall 72-hole net – a welcome surprise.
Generous sponsors Paul and Tracey Bartlett from Home Hardware were warmly welcomed and presented all the winners with the prizes obtained from local company Myatt Jewellers.