FOR most of the last round of the Warrnambool Golf Club Veterans Championship Bill Wright thought his chances of victory would slip away from him.
But to his surprise when he entered the club rooms after his final round he was to lift the Lin Cole Memorial trophy as the overall winner of the annual championship.
"I was shocked to be honest. It was unexpected as I thought the others would have caught me," the 74-year-old said.
Wright, who in his 14-year playing career had never claimed an individual victory, shot rounds of 68 and 67 to finish with a total of 135.
I just played my game and I didn't think I was on track...Bill Wright
The retired dairy farmer, who previously lived in Yambuk, said the key was keeping everything normal.
"I just played my game and I didn't think I was on track and then I got the surprise," he said.
"I was one shot behind after the first day and I thought the others would have caught me but once I started I didn't worry about that and just played my game."
In the other age groups Neville Pulham secured the 55-68 title after shooting rounds of 75 and 66.
Ron Zanos took home the victory in the 69-74 group after shooting a two-round total of 144 (78 and 66), while in the 75-plus Brian Sumner claimed victory after rounds of 77 and 69.
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