Hansen fires two golf wins at Miriam Vale
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CALLIOPE golfer Darryl Hansen had a weekend he will never forget, winning the Miriam Vale men's and mixed open tournament's last weekend.
The 24-year-old teamed up with in-form Miriam Vale member Kate Bell to win Saturday's mixed open by seven shots before backing up to blitz the strong men's open field on Sunday, winning by eight shots.
For the modest Hansen, the weekend exceeded all expectations and he was understandably happy to take out the double.
'It was definitely something I didn't expect, but you are always happy to win when you play well,' Hansen said.
'I won the four-ball last year, but I am really proud to win both events.'
Hansen was especially happy with the men's open title which is the first in the four-handicapper's career.
'You never forget winning your first open and to win by eight shots was something unexpected,' he said.
'My first nine holes were a bit scratchy, but through the last 18 I was able to score well enough to win.'
Hansen's sensational gross score of 104 (two-over par) for the 27 holes defeated his club-mate Dave Burns and Yeppoon's Terry Bulger by a comfortable eight-shot margin.
The strong Calliope contingent had more reasons to smile after Mark Booth won the A grade nett title, while Ian Coulson and Les McCosh had runner-up finishes in the lower grades.
But the home club didn't miss out on the fun either with John Blyde, John Bell and Brad Spencer among the lower grade top three finishers.
Yet again, the men's open was well-supported with a fantastic turnout of 53 players coming from across the Gladstone region, along with visitors from as far away as New South Wales and the Latrobe Valley in Victoria.
Saturday's mixed open was also a great event and kicked off a great weekend in fine fashion.
Hansen and Bell have been in red-hot form lately and it was no surprise they won comfortably with a 71 gross. Miriam Vale pairing Col Bates and Lorraine Emery finished in second spot after their 78.