Raworth’s Bryan Gulliver has capped off an impressive period on the fairways with victory at the Australian Veterans Golf Association Championships.
The 51-year-old took out the national
54-hole tournament late last week at Royal Pines Golf Course, which is near Surfers Paradise in Queensland.
But the Maitland Golf Club member had to produce his best in the dying stages of the annual competition as his nearest rival and defending champion honed in.
“When we started the final round I was five shots in front but he was playing the group in front of me,” Gulliver said.
“Late in the day my mate came and told me what the score was – he had caught up and was even with three holes to play.
“I thought I better do something special here. “I ended up going birdie, par, par to finish and fortunately he finished with bogey, par, bogey.”
A one under 71 in the opening round set up Gulliver’s (217) three-stroke victory against 60 opponents, aged 50 years or over, from across the country and across the seas.
This comes after Gulliver claimed the Easter Cup at Maitland last month, the 2011 Spring Medal at the same course and last year’s club championship for veterans (50+).
“I couldn’t be happier and I have my handicap down to two,” he said.
Gulliver will contest the Hunter River District Golf Association Veterans Championships at Cypress Lakes in the coming months.