Stalwart the best at being second
HAVING been a loyal Ipswich Golf Club player for nearly 20 years, Chris Fraser deserves to win the major amateur title at his home course.
However, the Leichhardt-based player will keep trying after finishing runner-up for the third time on Sunday.
Fraser shot 144 (74 and 70) over the two days to claim second by one shot at the latest Bank of Queensland City of Ipswich Open.
His even par round left Fraser five shots behind Brisbane-based winner and state representative Cameron Powell, who dominated on the revamped Ipswich course.
Although missing out of another title, right-handed player Fraser was pleased to have hit nine birdies from his 36 holes.
"It's the best I've played it," Fraser said, being runner-up the previous time five years ago.
"I had no dramas.
"I was very happy with my score.
"The conditions were very good. It was warm and a bit of breeze which made it a bit tougher so it was really good."
To win a City of Ipswich title, 49-year-old Fraser conceded he'd need to put in some practice.
"It (the annual event) attracts a lot of good players," he said.
"I'm a very social player. I only play hopefully every Sunday if I can.
"If I played a bit more golf, it would be a bit easier for me I suppose."
Being the best placed Ipswich golfer was also timely for Fraser after he teamed with another club stalwart Adam Gemmell to finish third at the recent Queensland Foursomes Championships at the same course.
Fraser, Gemmell, Laidley-based Colin Potter and rising Ipswich junior Josh Miles are teaming up for the Moreton Districts side contesting a three-day championship at Nudgee in a fortnight.
They'll meet other representative teams from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and the North Coast.
Miles (151) warmed up for that event by winning the 36 hole junior gross event ahead of another club talent Harrison Boland (156) over the weekend.
Ipswich club members Chris Petrohilos and Peter Cook were top two in the gross event.
A field of 155 players contested the two-day event.