Moreton team defies challenge to win golf championship
IT may have taken 18 years to win but the Moreton District Golf Association team has done it in convincing style.
Regional golfers Adam Gemmell, Chris Fraser, Ben Daniels and Marty Manning teamed up to win the Inter Association championship for the first time.
However, it wasn't only the way the four players combined in three separate competitions that was impressive.
It was how they handled a major test of temperament and skill at the Hervey Bay Golf Club over the three days.
"There were really tough conditions there,'' said MDGA vice president and match rules chairman Rod Daniels, who caddied for Manning.
"The very grainy and unreceptive greens, shared with wind gusts from all directions, made scoring a low round remarkable.
"There was only one sub-par round from the state's best amateurs.''
However, the MDGA team was finally rewarded for supporting the competition since its inception.
After contesting a 4 ball, foursomes and single stroke round, the four-man MDGA combination emerged victorious against 12 other teams from around the state.
"It's magnificent,'' Rod Daniels said.
"We've never won anything and this is the 18th year so it was really good.''
Moreton District was in second place, two shots behind, going into the final singles round.
Gemmell, Fraser and Manning all signed for one over scores of 71 on the final day to give Moreton Districts a record 13 shot victory over the field.
Fraser also won the best nett round of the day.
"It's great for the district,'' said Rod Daniels, who was proud to see his son Ben in the team.
"You had the four best players from each district in Queensland at a playoff and it's a great initiative by Golf Queensland.
"With the conditions so tough, the boys just really hung in there and did a great job.''
Gemmell and Fraser play for Laidley with Daniels at Sandy Gallop and former Queensland and Australian junior Manning based at Rosewood.
The MDGA covers 11 regional clubs from Ipswich, Sandy Gallop and Brookwater to Toogoolawah, Laidley, Boonah and Lowood.
Sandy Gallop Golf Club president Rod Daniels hoped the Moreton district team's success would give the region's best amateurs more recognition for future representative opportunities.
He is also looking to run an Order of Merit competition next year for all the district clubs.
Next year's Inter Association championship will be held at Bribie Island.