Sawtell Seaside Open champions for 2005, Warwick Lynch and Laurie Brien celebrate their win with a beer at Sawtell Golf Club ye
Sawtell Seaside Open champions for 2005, Warwick Lynch and Laurie Brien celebrate their win with a beer at Sawtell Golf Club ye

New team does trick

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

ANY thoughts of grandeur that Warrick Lynch and Laurie Brien held after winning Sawtell Golf Club's Seaside Open on Boxing Day were very quickly put to rest upon the completion of their round.

Both members of the victorious four ball stableford pair work behind the bar at the club and as soon as their card was handed in it was off to work they had to go, stifling any celebrations that they may have had planned.

"Both of us had to work behind the bar that night," Lynch said.

"It was a quick shower after the round and then it was straight into it," Brien added.

"There was no time for anything else."

The pair had to await the result of a nervous count back before being declared narrow victors ahead of Cyril Payne and Allan Robertson.

The victors will deny any favourtism or obvious home course advantage but questions could be asked considering that all round it was a big day for Sawtell's staff members.

Greenkeeper Trevor Ridge partnered former club champion Darren Train to be a member of the team that won the gross event.

For Brien, the victory created an amazing reversal of fortunes as last year he was at the other end of the results sheet.

"I've gone from last to first," he said with a grin.

"Last year I was beaten on a countback for an umbrella. We were coming last all day until the last group came in."

A change of playing partner this year has reaped obvious rewards.

It was a shared effort between the two as neither player dominated the scorecard on the day with Brien playing off 12 just shading Lynch (five) by having 10 of his holes go down on the card.

Lynch is actually just starting to regain the form that he produced before taking a layoff from the sport.

"I was down to nearly one, I was playing off two but I went for a break of three years when my son was first born," he explained.

"I've been back for about two years now, I just got a new set of sticks a couple of months ago so I've been playing a bit more and practising a bit and pretty well consistently shooting five over every round now."

The good form that the pair have both been displaying obviously held them in good stead. It's just a shame that the champions had to go from the penthouse of victory to the outhouse of a hard night's work so quickly.



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