John Clarke of Sawtell playing in Sunday?s Seaside Open.
John Clarke of Sawtell playing in Sunday?s Seaside Open.

A change of fortune

IN HIS three months playing golf at Sawtell leading up to the club's feature event the R and R Carpets Seaside Open, former Queenslander Dennis Anderson hadn't even won a ball.

His fortunes turned around on Sunday in the feature event on the Sawtell golfing calendar when he combined with Tom O'Shea for a winning score of 48 points.

A strong second nine of 26 points boosted their first nine score of 22 points for a count back win over Bruce Lynch and Alan Heffernan in the 238-strong field.

Anderson and O'Shea had only played together once before in a fourball at Sawtell without featuring in the leading scores.

Anderson said they didn't really think they were in with a chance of winning thinking around 52 points would take the major trophy.

"I can't really explain the scores, maybe everyone else was like me, suffering from a Christmas day hangover," he said.

"When you are out on the course you don't really think about what your score is going to be, you just give it your best shot and see what happens it was a nice surprise when we were told we had won."

Other top placegetters were: 3rd Ray King/John McNiece, 4th Warren Johnstone/Steve Smithers, 5th Tony Bellamy/Noel Wells, 6th Steve Friel/Clint Samuels, 7th Marty McDowell/Geoff Lawrence, 8th Maurie Smith/Robert Peel, 9th Nich Rae/Dan Palin, 10th Wayne Patston/Kevin Walker, 11th Jeff and Dennis Hardcastle, 12th Noel Maher/Craig Little, 13th Mark Thomson/Keith Macpherson, 14th Mark Greenshields/Bill Sharp, 15th Kevin and Bruce Ryan.

Gross winners were Les Simpson and Logan Toms with 38 on a count back from Peter Owen and Paul McCarthy with third going to Bruce Silvia and Peter May 36 on a count back from Trevor Ridge and Roger Bale.

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