Ex-Canberran and current Mona Vale Golf Club member Mark Pearson recorded a close win over fellow Club members Greg Stanford in the main, gross-scores category in this 3day-event, that finished today at the Federal Golf Club.  This is the second year in a row that Mark has won this major event for the older (over 55 years), lower-handicapped, golfers in the eastern States.  Mark’s scores of 74 at Queanbeyan, 73 at Gungahlin Lakes and 75 at Federal (total of 222) was just enough to pip Greg, who had score of 75, 75 and 73, by just one stroke. Corowa golfer David Robb finished in 3rd place on 225 with rounds of 71, 76 and 78.

A total 98 golfers competed (74 men and 24 women) and this represents the highest number of players to compete in the history of the event..

The weather was a little mixed for the event with lovely warm days for Tuesday at Queanbeyan and Thursday at Federal, but persistent rain for almost the whole round at Gungahlin Lakes.  All players reported that the golf courses were in excellent condition and that they had been set-up superbly by their respective Club Committees.

Royal Canberra’s Michael Kilfoyle, who plays off a GA handicap of 6 won the Nett 54-hole competition, with a total score of 211 after rounds of 70, 69 and 72.  Tura Beach Golf Club members Russell Rodgers was one shot behind after rounds 3 very consistent rounds of 70, 71 and 71.

Federal’s Wally Gregory won the 1st place voucher in the 55-59 yr old Scratch division, Mark Pearson won the competition in the 60-64 year old division and Greg Stanford won in the over-65 years Competition.

Queanbeyan’s Pauline Jeffery was the star in the Women’s Competition — see report on the CSGA web site.

A highlight for Foster-Tuncurry golfer Greg Ellis (a previous winner of this event) was a hole-in-one at the 160m-long par 3 5th hole at Gungahlin Lakes on the Wednesday.  Gungahlin Lakes members are eligible for a $750 prize for a hole-in-one in normal competitions, but Greg seemed reasonably happy with the bottle of 12 yr-old malt whiskey presented by DGA Captain, Jim Jackson at the awards luncheon.

The DGA greatly appreciates the work put in by the 3 Clubs concerned to make this such an attractive event for the 70-odd interstate visitors that attended.

Photo — DGA Captain Jim Jackson with overall winner Mark Pearson.

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