Hot putter helps Gunnedah golfer to title

LUKE Streater was delighted to win a sixth Central North District Golf Association Open Championship at Tamworth Golf Club on Sunday.

Luke Streater lines up this approach shot on his way to a sixth CNDGA title at Tamworth Golf Club on Sunday.  Photo: Barry Smith 080614BSC12

Luke Streater lines up this approach shot on his way to a sixth CNDGA title at Tamworth Golf Club on Sunday. Photo: Barry Smith 080614BSC12

The plus two marker from Gunnedah fired a two-under par 68 to beat Tamworth teenager Nathan Mann by two shots.

Ben Lockwood and Chris Savoski were three shots further back with Troy Dries one further back after carding a four-over par 74.

Streater’s delight wasn’t just because it was his sixth title but it was the manner in which he did it.

“I hit it pretty ordinary. My putting kept me in the game.

‘The course is in great nick, the greens were perfect but I had a lot of luck – holed a few from the bunkers.

“Just very ordinary.”

Highlighting that dreadful day with the driver was the fact Streater hit just three fairways.

“I had 24 putts,” he shrugged.

“But this course suits me, very similar to Gunnedah.”

Streater has been club champion at Gunnedah a half dozen times as well and on Sunday he won not only the ARJ Wooller Cup (closed championship for the Central North District Golf Association) for a sixth time but also the CNDGA Champion of Champions title for a sixth time.

Tamworth’s Tom Gill won the CNDGA Junior title with a 79 and Tamworth’s Dave Thompson the Veterans Championship after carding a 77.

B Grade champion was Robert “Chesty” Bannister (89) and C Grade Wayne Magann (91).

Ben Lockwood, Nathan Mann, John Trevaskis, Grahame York and Chris Savoski won the teams event with a 293 total.

The annual CNDGA titles revert to the Longyard Golf Club next year where CNDGA secretary/treasurer Harry McKerrow is hoping for a much larger turnout than the 30-odd players who teed off on Sunday.

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