RONALD Sinclair had two goals when he took to the course at Warrnambool Golf Club yesterday.
“One was to keep developing my game because I think it is improving, even though my handicap hasn’t moved,” he said.
“And the other one was to finish with the same ball I started with, which I did.”
Achieving the two goals came with a bonus — victory in the club’s veterans’ 36-hole championships.
Net rounds of 70 and 67 for a total of 137 were enough for Sinclair, who plays off 25, to take home the Lyn Cole memorial trophy.
He finished ahead of John Gillin (144) and Frank “Chum” Munday (146), despite closing with 15 shots on the final two holes.
“It’s as consistent as I’ve played. It’s a bit out of the blue. My form has certainly not been good,” Sinclair said.
“I’ve been working on my short game, so that’s where I’ve picked up shots.
“I didn’t think I struck the ball well but I picked up shots. Some good, long putts saved me at times.”
Sinclair, 61, is a former geography and environmental science teacher who retired three years ago.
He played golf casually years ago but only took the sport seriously after giving away his teaching career.
His wife Alison, a nine-time Warrnambool Golf Club champion, gave him “some little tips” before he started his second round.
“I’ll be looking for some mantlepiece space. There’s no room in the cabinets,” he said.
“I have (played) on and off over the years but I really didn’t start playing seriously until I retired three or four years ago.
“I played a bit many years ago and just needed more rest time at weekends and gave it away.”
Sinclair also won the 55-64 years class, while Gillin took out the 65-74 years class and Keith McLeod was the 75-years-plus class champion with 151. All three won the John Gietz trophy.
Gillin had the best first-round score of 65 and Sinclair had the best second-round score of 67.