MOSSMAN can claim bragging rights to having the best male and female golfers in the region after the weekend’s Champion of Champions.
Champion golfer Peter Chrisfield showed off all of his style as well as pulling a few tricks out of the bag to win the Far North Queensland Champion of Champions at the Mossman Golf Club.
Forty-eight players teed off during the weekend to play on the magnificent course and Chrisfield won in a sudden death playoff and stole the win from Oliver Duncan from Half Moon Bay.
With three holes to play, Chrisfield was level with Oliver Duncan and Jamie Redman.
Redman dropped out of the fight after playing a shocking 16th hole.
It was then left to Duncan and Chrisfield to snatch the lead at the 18th and it was Chrisfield who had the first chance to win the game.
The crowd held its breath as his four-foot putt stopped short of dropping into the cup, which then forced a sudden-death play-off.
On the first play-off hole, Duncan had his chance to grab victory but his putt ran around the lip and so then the pair went to the par three 17th.
A composed and sure-footed Chrisfield then hit the best shot of the day by setting himself up with a birdie putt - he missed - but his solid par was enough to secure the championship.
In the women’s event talented Mossman player Gennai Goodwin continued her good form with comprehensive wins in the juniors and the division one overall championship.
“It was just a fantastic day and we played against some top players,” Goodwin said.
“And to keep our skill level up we need to play against the best players possible.
“Everything just came together on the day and the course was in stunning condition, the greenkeepers did a marvellous job in preparing it for the weekend’s competition.”
Her score was 74, good enough to win on the day, but the women’s course record is 71 which Goodwin set herself just last week.
After finishing her game this Sunday, the 17-year-old champion will return to Brisbane where she is attending university and has a golfing scholarship that has her on track to realise her dream of becoming a professional golfer.
“I can’t wait to get back into my study because I am learning so much and I know it will help me become a professional golfer,” she said.
Goodwin’s other dream is to play at St Andrews, the “home of golf” in Scotland.
“I have never played overseas yet but I will, and to play at St Andrews would be really exciting,” Goodwin said.
“And some of the American courses are fabulous and I would love to play on them someday too.”
Both Chrisfield and Goodwin will tee up again this weekend to compete in the Mossman Quicksilver Open. There is already a strong entry list, but room for more if you are keen to challenge the newest king and queen of the golf course.
Champion effort: Gennai Goodwin bookends her wins