Hayne into nationals
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
BOYNE/TANNUM Country Club assistant golf professional Dion Hayne practised what he preached at Mackay last Tuesday, winning the North Queensland Club Professional Event.
Hayne fired a score of 146 (73 and 73) for the 36-hole event, finishing two shots ahead of Mackay's Darren Rogers to claim the title which qualified him for the national championships at Palm Meadows on the Gold Coast in June.
Hayne trailed Rogers by a shot after the first 18 holes but finished strongly to shine on a bleak Mackay day.
"Cyclone Larry was up north and the weather wasn't real good,'' Hayne said.
"It was squally with a few showers and you had to play pretty solid.
"When the weather's like that it's anyone's game.''
Although making sure not to get ahead of himself, Hayne is hopeful of maintaining his good form at the national championships with the top three golfers to earn a start at the Australasian PGA Championships.
"I'm playing all right so it'll be good to turn up and give that (qualifying) a shot,'' Hayne said.
"If you get into an event like that doors start opening for you and you can get a few starts elsewhere.''
Hayne, 36, said he was at an age that was "quite mature'' to be tackling the circuit but added that he worked hard on maintaining his fitness and health and was confident he could mix it with the younger players on the tour.
Hayne contested the Mackay event alongside mentor and Calliope and Boyne/Tannum club professional Bill Webb who shot 77 and 80.
"Billy believed he hit the ball well,'' Hayne said. "But with the amount of time he spends managing the shop and coaching he's extremely busy. I get a lot more time to practise and play.