Trevor makes it four from five
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
FOR the fourth time in five years, Trevor Ridge has taken the title of Club Champion of Sawtell Golf Club.
With a 70 and 73 in the final two rounds, the 42-year-old wrapped up the championship in blustery conditions playing near faultless fairways-and-greens golf.
Going into the final round, Ridge held a two-stroke lead over Matthew Faulkner and Joe Frank.
Early on, the top three were still in touch with each other, and bogeys on both the front nine's par threes from Ridge had him leading by only two strokes after 11 holes.
Ridge was feeling comfortable about victory after the 12th hole, when his lead extended on the long par five, thanks to a double bogey by Frank.
"After the 12th, I had a handy lead, and I was playing pretty solidly" Ridge said.
Eventual runner-up Matt Faulkner let shots slip on the 16th and 18th holes, giving Ridge what ended up being a comfortable six stroke victory.
When asked his chances of a fifth title next year, Ridge was almost blase in his response.
"I'll just turn up and play when it rolls around."
The nett winner in A Grade was Bryce Clugston.
The seven-handicapper won with a final nett score of 275 over the four rounds.
Clugston won by one stroke from Dave Prior.