Home-grown champs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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.

Photo by ALI­SON GE­ORGE

Cham­pion ef­fort: Gen­nai Good­win book­ends her wins

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