Lost memories no handicap when it comes to Open
TIMO Koivunen doesn't remember a lot about his Gladstone Open golf win, not certain on the score, and he is even unable to recall the year.
He laughs in fact about not being able to find the form which delivered the trophy back in the 1980s.
"I am off 15 handicap these days. I got to five, not a big deal, but 10 less than now," he said.
About to line up for yet another Open at Gladstone Golf Club on Sunday, Koivunen knows he can no longer shoot a score to win.
He has been around the club a long time, and now plays simply to enjoy the course for what it is.
"I have been in Gladstone for nearly 40 years," he said.
"With all the trees growing, it is tough; no one has ever shot the lights out."
It was quite the opposite when Koivunen won, a score of about five over par besting the field.
Not the best score Koivunen ever shot, it may take a better score than his win to get the major prize this weekend.
"This year we have 70 players so far," he said.
"About two years ago we had less than 50 players. I believe it was a case of people just not wanting to play."
A resurgence in numbers has been helped by MIPEC and Yaralla coming on board with the tournament.