Dream round seals title
By GREG WHITE
AFTER finishing runner up in 2005, Michael White finally clinched the title of Club Champion at Coffs Harbour Golf Club on the weekend.
"I guess it was consistency," White said when asked the single reason for his success.
"My play was steady on the opening two days and a good round on Saturday made me feel I was in with a chance."
White (150) trailed Dylan Stollery (148) by two strokes after the opening weekend's play with Rob McComas splitting the pair but had moved to one shot in front by the time Sunday's final began.
The championship adds to the match play title White claimed a year ago.
"Sunday provided one of those rounds you always dream about," White said of his final card of 71 (one under par) that will have his name in gold leaf on the honour board.
Stollery eventually finished runner up on a gross 299 with a fast - finishing Glen Penson winding up on gross 300 in third position.
Club CEO Jeff Cox said White's brilliant final round wasn't the only highlight from the weekend.
"C Grade winner Brandon Cooper is only 14 but he's so good we had to let him play," Cox said admiringly.
"Brandon's only around 30 kilos but he's a real pocket dynamo."
Cooper shot three consistent rounds of 92 before an amazing 86 on Sunday capped off his outstanding 362 gross result.
The B grade final developed into a playoff between Jordon Smith and Steve Powley after both had levelled on 344 after four day's play.
Just back from his USA excursion, Smith took three sudden death holes to top off his main antagonist.
"It's a bit different between here and America," Smith remarked.
"I took a while to settle down but things improved towards the end.
"But, Steve did give me a bit of a scare out there."
Rising star Smith won't be hanging around long to toast his latest trophy.
"Have to get back to practice for an event in Bathurst and the junior titles in Murwillumbah," he said.
"The B grade win is a nice sendoff."