Father Seamus graceful in veterans? win
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A BIT of divine intervention could have been the secret after Father Seamus McMahon won yesterday's 2005 Gladstone Veterans' Open in a playoff.
McMahon who is the Gladstone's Parish Catholic priest was tied with fellow Gladstone member John Flutter on 78 after 18 holes of golf.
The pair returned to the course, with McMahon taking out the title after winning on the first playoff hole.
Event favourite Terry Bulger from Yeppoon finished equal third with an 80.
It was a great day of golf with 132 players, 90 men and 42 ladies pounding the Gladstone Golf Club fairways.
Anne Fenton continued her amazing run of success winning the ladies event for the seventh successive year after shooting an 82.
Fenton was happy with her day and attributed her win to solid allround play.
"I was very consistent today, which helped me post a good score ? there was no real clear area which was better than the other,'' Fenton said.
And when asked about winning her seventh veterans crown in a row, Fenton was justifiably proud.
"It is nice to win the event again, especially this one on your home course,'' she said.
Other ladies winners on the day were Gladstone golfer Micki Reid (silver division nett), Hazel Price (bronze gross) and Marie Norton (Gladstone) who collected the bronze nett.
It was a good day to come from Gladstone golfers also dominated the men's prizes.
Kev Norton won the A grade nett after his 69.
Peter Richardson and Ronny Mather also got into the spirit of 69s, with that score also winning the B and C grade nett crowns.
One golfer who earned a special mention was Rockhampton's Nev Hewitt who shot a sensational 79 off the stick.
Hewitt's score was just one off what it took to win the A grade crown in what was a magnificent effort.
Meanwhile in C grade, local Ian Harbourne took out the gross title after his 91.
But it was the day for Father Seamus who had someone looking over his shoulder.