Surely somewhere within the unmistakable carriage of Logan Toms there was a hint of joy over his win at the Vardon Trophy event at Tamworth Golf Club on Sunday.
“The last game of golf for awhile,” the highly rated Woolgoolga amateur said after walking off the 18th on Sunday having posted a four-over 74 to go with his opening round one-under 69 on Saturday.
At the time, Toms was not positive he had won.
But after outplaying his second round playing partners, Mullumbimby-based Adam Kasa and Tamworth’s Ben Lockwood, he must have been pretty confident he had secured his “seventh or eighth” Vardon Trophy tournament.
But instead of saviouring the moment, Toms pondered his inability to at least match his form from day one.
“I didn’t hit it well. I didn’t putt well,” he said in rating his performance on Sunday. “I was feeling confident on the front nine (but shot four over). “I consistently made bogeys on the front nine.”
Toms finished on three over, three shots ahead of Tamworth Golf Club’s triple club champion David Hamilton, who fired a two over 72 on Sunday to go with a 74 for a six over total, with another Tamworth player, Chris Savovski, in third place a further shot back at seven over (76, 71).
Woolgoolga’s Aaron Hart also finished at seven over, following rounds of 75 and 72, to place fourth.
Toms, 38, plans to rest for a few weeks after a busy start to the year playing pennants in Sydney.
“I’ve only been home two weeks,” he said. “I need to have a break.”
Toms has been a regular at this event over the years, combining it with a chance to spend Easter with his Tamworth-based aunt, Geri Wells.
He likes the golf course, saying it rewards straight hitting – which he is known for.
One thing he was happy about on Sunday was his putting.
Hamilton, who defended his club championship last year, was left ruing a triple bogey on the par-4 second on Sunday. He did however bounce back with five birdies.
“I thought I played all right today,” he said. “If I played okay today anything could of happened (he has a low round of 62 on the course). I was steady today apart from the triple bogey.”
Open to male amateur golfers with a handicap of four or under, the Vardon Trophy runs for 12 months.