Comeback special for Summerfeldt
IT was a case of better the course you don’t know at the Gladstone Open, with an out-of-towner scoring victory in the event.
Yeppoon’s Tony Summerfeldt played 27 consistent holes of golf on Sunday, taking out the annual Gladstone Open Championships.
After a five-year hiatus, Summerfeldt returned to the game in April this year, and had never placed a tee on the Gladstone Golf Club course until Sunday.
He and a few mates decided to enter the tournament and were glad they made the trip south.
It was Summerfeldt’s first major win in golf, and he entered the tournament with no expectation of taking it out.
In a field of 70 quality golfers, consisting of players from Gladstone, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and surrounding districts, Summerfeldt finished with a score of 5 over.
The course was rated as “very challenging” by the 2010 championship winner.
“It was hard to putt and the course was a bit thin in some places on the fairway,” he said.
Usually the driver is his best friend, but over the 27 holes Summerfeldt’s short game kept him in front.
“My best round was the last back nine,” he said.
With a gross score of 111, Summerfeldt finished two shots clear of his mate, Sean Arnold.
And will we see him defend his title in 2011?
“I’ll have to come back.”