Marital bliss on and off the fairways
JOHN and Julia Maddock again showed they make a great pairing on and off the golf course.
The husband-and-wife team united to take the two-ball ambrose competition on day three of this year's Australia Day tournament at Ocean Shores Golf Club.
The display was enough to secure the pair, who serve as director at the Country Club and vice-captain respectively, overall second at the event.
John said it had been a day to remember for the South Golden Beach couple.
"We both 'clicked' well," he said. "If someone had an average shot, the other did something brilliantly.
"We help run the Sunday comps here, so sometimes we are too busy to worry about playing.
"It was probably the best we have ever played well together."
A gross score of 70 was enough to secure the title for the pair, who have course handicaps of 11 and 14 respectively.
The pair, who have been married almost 41 years and are both aged 64, only started playing about a decade ago.
John said the Orana Rd course always proved challenging for players.
"Good course management is definitely key," he said. "We have more than 60 bunkers here, so it can be tough.
"For some of the women golfers especially, it is tough to get to a couple of the par fours in two shots.
"There's plenty of water as well. If you don't lose at least one ball, you've had an exceptional day."
Left-hander Maddock said keeping perspective was crucial to good matrimonial relations on the golf course.
"I think you need to remember that you are amateur golfers," he said.
"You might not play every shot how you want, but it's lovely feeling when you do.
"I think everyone at our level has a couple of really exceptional rounds a year.
"That's what keeps us coming back."
Ken Jones and Ian Howard teamed up to take the four ball best ball and single stableford competition on day one.
They scored 42 points to claim the top honours, a win which helped them secure the overall crown.
Ben Racine and Scott Holden (70) secured the four ball best ball aggregate stableford on day two
Dozens of players from across the region and south-east Queensland contested the tournament.