Peter Reardon, Jill Maynard, Lindsay Murray, (back) Phil Wogandt, Craig Olive, William Thumpkin and Dennis Walters all won prizes in the gross competition at the QRI State Championships.
Peter Reardon, Jill Maynard, Lindsay Murray, (back) Phil Wogandt, Craig Olive, William Thumpkin and Dennis Walters all won prizes in the gross competition at the QRI State Championships. Jake Jones

Gladstone golfers win big at state championship

GLADSTONE golfers have cleaned up on their home course in the Queensland Rail Institute State Championships, taking out most of the major prizes.

In Gladstone on Sunday, the championships attracted 100 players from all over Queensland to play on Gladstone Golf Course.

The best were local players, some of who had never played the event before.

One of the locals, who happened to be best on the course, was first-time QRI player Dennis Walters, who took the overall gross victory for the day.

"This is the first time I have actually played the state titles," Walters said.

"I usually play gold probably once a week; depends on shifts."

With a young family, Walters was glad to be able to take part and made the most of the opportunity .

He said he was unlikely to travel to play in the QRI day again unless it was close to home.

"I was hopeful to play well," he said. "I have been trying to play for years."

Event organiser Greg Dunseath was impressed with the Gladstone talent and said he was happy the day ran well.

"The weather was great and the course played tough," Dunseath said.

Playing with Walters in his brilliant round of 74, Dunseath was glad to see so many participants.

The organiser said the event would not have come to Gladstone without the help of the local club and sponsors.

"The golf club has been great," he said.



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