Brad's the best
YANDINA Creek pro Brad Burns held on to win the Ladbrokes Legends Tour Order of Merit - the season-long competition that determines the best player on the Australian PGA's seniors tour. Burns, who played 62 events throughout the year - the second most of any golfer - earned prizemoney of $68,978. He held off a fast-charging Peter Senior ($68,310) and last year's winner Tim Elliott, of NSW ($68,103). Burns won seven times.
Hunt holds on
THE last event on this year's Legends Tour was the Maleny Pro-Am - the first major event held at the new hinterland course. It was won by NSW's Colin Hunt, who led the morning wave of players with a fine 67, which equalled the course record. Hunt held on to beat Victoria's Mike Harwood and NSW's Mile Zilko by a stroke. Hunt, a former director of golf at Royal Sydney and a pro for more than 30 years, missed the cut at last week's Sunshine Coast Masters, which gave him the chance to play a practice round at Maleny on Friday.
Cassie's top form
PEREGIAN'S Cassie Porter brought her remarkably successful year to an end when she won the 15 years and under division of the Greg Norman Junior Masters on the Gold Coast last week. Cassie shot rounds of 74, 78, 74 and 69 for a four-round total of 295 at the Palmer Gold Coast and Palmer Colonial courses. Sarah Wilson, of Pelican Waters, shot 76, 76, 74 and 76 to finish third in the 17 years and under division.
Karis turns pro
KARIS Davidson, another graduate of the Invincibles Sunshine Coast Junior Tour, has announced she will turn professional after progressing through all four stages of qualifying for next year's Japanese Ladies Tour. Karis had been ranked No 1 amateur in the country.
Golf with meaning
NAMBOUR'S annual Golf Classic - where 27 intellectually disabled participants played alongside mainstream golfers in a nine-hole foursomes event - took place on Sunday. The format required the disabled golfer to hit off first, with participants then playing alternate shots until the ball is holed. Teams competed for medals and the Cannon Family Perpetual Trophy.
MANY Sunshine Coast clubs provide golf clinics for youngsters over the school holiday period. Noosa Springs, for example, has a program of week-long Shortees Golf Camps, which began in mid-December. Clinics are scheduled for the weeks beginning January 2, January 8 and January 15. They are designed to encourage the beginner or the more experienced youngster in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. It costs $25 a day ($100 for five days) and you can book by contacting Hamish Robertson on 0406 003 175, or emailing [email protected] com.au.
MOSS Thistlewaite has been elected Beerwah's new vice-president, along with Kevin Norton (treasurer) and Trevor Bromelow (house director). They join Glen Watkins (president), Andrew Wills (captain) and Col Penney (greens director) on the new board.