COURSE CHAMPS: Top four players Same Wade, Anthony Timms, Jamie Sullivan and Scott Warren ready to tee off.
COURSE CHAMPS: Top four players Same Wade, Anthony Timms, Jamie Sullivan and Scott Warren ready to tee off. Contributed

New record set at Tambo Sandgreen Championships

GOLF: A new course record and a competition-ending play-off punctuated a massive weekend on the greens of Tambo.

The club welcomed more than 170 players to the annual Men's Sandgreen Championships from June 7-9, for its third time hosting the travelling tournament.

"We had 176 players on the course in total and it was a great field from all over the state too,” Tambo Golf Club vice-president Bill Rogers said.

"They had come from every point of the compass, from up north in Mackay and Townsville, Brisbane and Toowoomba, a few from Texas.

"It makes for some stiff competition because they are quality players too - quite a few are state players who have represented Queensland in different competitions and there are quite a few handicappers.”

Over the three days of play, a 4BBB and an 18-hole stableford were played.

The high calibre of golfers impressed the vice-president, as did the new course record, set by Toowoomba golfer Nigel Weldon.

"It was tough competition, not just in one grade but all the grades we hosted, and I think the scores represented the quality players that we had here,” Rogers said.

"The original course record was nine under par and Nigel broke it when he ended up with 11 under.

"His name has gone on the club cabinet along with his score and he was pleased with that, especially in a big competition like this one.

"It is possibly a record for the whole Sandgreens too, not just the Tambo Golf Club.”

The event has become a high point in the year for the club, which has worked hard to get the championship off the ground.

"This has been a lot better than the previous two times we have held it and we have gotten lots of positive feedback from it, so our club is happy,” Rogers said.

"It has been a massive input to our coffers and at the end of the day, all the effort is well worth it.”

With the men's tournament now wrapped up, the Women's Sandgreen Championships will be held this weekend at Mitchell Golf Club.


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