Return to golf course going well
STEVE Gander gets the chance next weekend to win his first Warwick Golf Club A-grade title for 14 years.
Gander won the championship from 1995 to 1997 before turning professional and working under then Warwick professional Keith Paul and later at Laguna Quays near Proserpine.
He battled illness for two of his years as a professional.
As he was a pro for between five and 10 years, he had to have a two-year break from the sport before he could apply to join a club and play as an amateur.
He joined the Warwick Golf Club at the end of January after the two years expired and started off with a handicap of three.
“I am surprised to be leading the championships,” Gander said.
“There are a fair few good players at the moment.”
“With rain and wind on Saturday and the strong wind yesterday, the conditions were the worst I had played in for 10 years.”
Shane Reid hit 74 on Saturday to take the early lead.
Gander hit 77 in the first round and 74 yesterday for 151, one shot ahead of Wayne Walters who scored 77 and 75.
Last year's champion, Dale Mullins, is two shots off the lead with 36 holes to play this weekend after scoring 75 and 78.
Sam Hinze is odds-on to retain the ladies A-grade title with a score of 161 after two rounds, Christine Hankinson-Jones is second on 175.