Title won while on leave
By STEVE SPINKS
FRESH from a sensational rookie season at Oklahoma Christian University in the USA, Lismore golfer Rhein Gibson dominated the two-day Northern Rivers Championships held at Maclean on Sunday and Monday.
Gibson, pictured, had a blistering final nine holes where he hit seven under to run away with the trophy.
He was four over leading into the final nine holes with his brilliant finish landing him at three under for the tournament.
Second was Maclean's Luke Henwood who finished four strokes back at one over.
Gibson's final day 67 was a record at the Maclean course bettering the mark, ironically set by Henwood.
"I didn't even know I won until this morning (Tuesday)," Gibson said.
"I hit off early and took off because I didn't really want to hang around too long."
As for his staggering nine-hole plunder, Gibson was modest.
"I didn't really do anything different," he said.
"I had something to eat and just went out and attacked."
It was Gibson's first senior Northern Rivers title and he also won the Colts Championship.
It wasn't all bad news for Henwood, another promising 19-year-old, as he won the champion of club champions title.
Henwood is believed to be considering a scholarship in the USA as well.
The junior championship was won by Luke Ryan of Lismore with Joe Chilcott of Murwillumbah second.
The veterans was taken out by Peter Sobels of Ballina.
Veterans nett - Chris Haselden, Lismore.
B-grade winner: Mark Kae, Maclean.
C-grade winner: Barry Cribb, Yamba.
A-grade 36 nett: Brett Dean, Casino.
B-grade 36 nett: Ben Corney, Yamba.
C-grade 36 nett: Guy Walmsley, Lismore.
A-grade 18 nett: Chris Dean, Murwillumbah.
B-grade 18 nett: Geoff Dickinson, Maclean.
C-grade 18 nett: Mike Cameron, Maclean.