Knudson masters the golf course

NOT even poor weather could stop Frank Knudson taking victory at the annual District Veterans Golf Championship.

The event, held last month, was hosted by the Byron Bay Veterans Golf Club, with 124 players from clubs including Yamba, Coolangatta, Tweed Heads, Casino, Lismore and Kyogle, battling it out for top spot.

Knudson, 66, got a score of 79 gross hits to beat runner-up Lance Goldsmith, of Byron Bay, by just one point.

The Ballina Veterans Golf Club member Knudson has been playing golf for 53 years and has been involved in veterans for seven.

While he has won club finals before, this was the first time he has secured the title of best veteran golfer for the district.

“Veterans golf is generally great for the maturing golfers,” he said.

“There is a tremendous fellowship within the group of golfers.”

While it isn’t quite the professional golfing circuit, Knudson admitted the veteran golfers were serious about their sport.

“It’s serious, but friendly,” he said.

“You really play yourself against the course, because no one can do anything to make you play better or worse.”

According to Northern Rivers Veteran Golf Secretary Alan Young, Knudson was ‘very surprised’ to find he won the district-wide event.

“When he was presented with the trophy he was presented with a golf towel and he thought it was pretty nice,” Young laughed.

“Then we gave him the main part of the prize, a Westminster clock that chimes on the hour and half-hour and he was very happy with that.”

And Knudson is anything but a one-hit-wonder.

“He’s had a good year,” Young said.

“He was also winner for his age group in the NSWVGA Stroke Play Championships held in Sydney and was four away from being the overall champion.”

Young said the veterans event, sponsored by Josman Financial Group, was ‘a successful day’.

“The course was in good nick, and it was a testing course in the second part of the day when the wind came up, which brought some of the other players undone,” he said.

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