Moreton above par with district rivals
IPSWICH has beaten their city and country rivals to take out the title of Tri-Series District champions.
The annual golf tournament played between Moreton, Darling Downs and South East Queensland pits teams across four grades against each other in Opens, Masters, Colts and Junior categories.
While the Moreton District team sources players from a wider area, this year's selectors decided to keep the locals at the forefront.
A regular face at the annual tournament, Ipswich Golf Club member Adam Gemmell said the competition felt like a regular Saturday hit-out.
"I think it's been going for more than 10 years now and I've probably been a part of most of them,” Gemmell said. "This year the majority of the teams were made up of Ipswich members.
"That was the idea to make it feel a bit like a club game.”
The role of host is rotated between the three districts, and with this year's competition held at the Ipswich Golf Club, Gemmell said being the home team was helpful.
"It is a fairly big advantage playing here in Ipswich,” he said.
"Especially for those coming from the Darling Downs this was the first time a lot of them had seen the course.
"Everyone thought the layout was good but it seeing it blind like that is a bit tough.”
Leading the Moreton team to victory in the Opens, Gemmell shot an even par round of 72 to bring up a combined score of 299 from the top four scores of the team.
With Marty Manning backing up from winning last weekend's City of Ipswich Open to shoot a two over 74, Gemmell said even the windy conditions couldn't spoil the Opens' charge.
"Marty did really well to back up but the majority of us do play each weekend so it's not unusual,” he said.
"We are all pretty much Saturday golfers these days. It began nice but in the afternoon the wind really started to blow. It got very difficult but that's all part of the fun.”
The ever-reliable Chris Frazer set the platform for victory in the Masters with a two over par 74. With a total score of 326, the home team were in the box seat with both senior titles.
Moreton came close to a clean sweep as their Juniors and Colts teams both finished second in their respective categories behind strong South East Queensland outfits.
Despite 13-year-old Owen Ruscoe matching the efforts of his much older opponents, the Moreton juniors were outdone by the SEQ team strengthened by a host of Hills International Golf Academy players.
"Every sport is chasing strong grassroots,” Gemmell said. "The Colts and Juniors both played really well and hopefully that continues because it's good for the area. Owen was easily the youngest junior competing, which was great to see.”
State of play
Opens: Moreton District won with a combined score of 299.
Masters: Moreton District won with a combined score of 326.
Colts and Junior: SEQ District won both categories with Moreton district finishing second.