Warwick Golf Club champions Judy Lester (Vets), Kerry Wharton (C), Annice Payne (B), Sam Hinze and Steve Gander (both A), Ben O’Dea (B), Ken Burley (C), Don Warrener (Vets) and Jay Roberts (best of juniors) after the final round on Sunday.
Warwick Golf Club champions Judy Lester (Vets), Kerry Wharton (C), Annice Payne (B), Sam Hinze and Steve Gander (both A), Ben O’Dea (B), Ken Burley (C), Don Warrener (Vets) and Jay Roberts (best of juniors) after the final round on Sunday. Gerard Walsh

Hinze claims fifth title

SAM Hinze has won her fifth successive Warwick Golf Club A-grade ladies championship.

A Darling Downs representative as a junior while at Assumption College, Hinze hit 77 in the first and fourth rounds, 82 in the second round and 84 in the third to score a convincing win from runner-up Anna Cox.

"I played my best golf on Sunday apart from the last hole when I hit one out of bounds which cost me three shots," Hinze said.

Her husband Geoff also performed well and finished in the top five in mens.

Hinze is hoping to make it six victories in succession next year which would match the recent efforts of Cheryl Sternberg who twice won six successive A-grade titles.

Warwick Golf Club president Steve Gander won his third successive A-grade title with scores of 67, 74, 67 and 73.

New member Neil Glen was runner up after moving to the country from Redcliffe in the past year.

Gander was happy with his form, especially as he hadn't played a lot in the past two months.

"I reckon I hit the ball better the first round but would have had my best round in the third except for a bogey on the 18th," Gander said.

"My aim is to always hit a birdie on the 18th."

Gander played on the Sunshine Tour during part of his time as a professional from 2000 to 2009 before reverting to amateur status.

Don Warrener retained the veterans' title for players 55 years and over on a countback from Mick Payne. The trophy for the highest placed junior in the championships was won by Jay Roberts.

Annice Payne won ladies B-grade with new member and former top hockey player Kerry Wharton the C-grade champion. Judy Lester was veterans champion.



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