Warren in top form
ONLY a shot separated Gin Gin golfer Scott Warren and his Gayndah-based rival Jeremy Zahl in a tense conclusion to the Hervey Bay Open on Sunday.
The Gin Gin Golf Club member squared off against Zahl in a thrilling conclusion to the annual competition and earned his victory with a birdie on the final hole of the tournament.
Warren drained a 20m putt on the 18th hole to finish with a birdie and a final tally of 70.
The master stroke put him one shot clear of runner-up Zahl on 71 and Hervey Bay's Mark Collins in third place on 73.
Warren said competition in the open had been fierce with only four shots separating the top six competitors.
"It was a really tough competition," he said.
"If you had an off shot or a lapse of concentration you were really made to pay."
Warren said the win had come as a considerable boost as he fights to re-establish himself on the Wide Bay tournament circuit.
The seasoned Bundaberg golfer was the Bundaberg Golf Club division one Men's Pennants player in 2009 and 2010.
He began playing golf at the age of nine around the backyard of his parents' Gin Gin property with a broken club mended with insulation tape.
"Dad fixed it up for me and I started hitting around balls out of boredom more than anything else," he said.
"I've got a bit of a competitive streak and me and it's something I took to."
The win is in addition to successful campaigns waged by Warren in the Gin Gin Men's Open, Monto Men's Open, Gayndah Men's Open, Mt Perry Men's Open, Isis Men's Open and the Bundaberg Open.
"It's capped off a really good year for me," Warren said.
"I've managed to get on a bit of a roll and keep it going."
Warren will compete in a team of 20 Wide Bay golfers in the upcoming Inter-District Challenge match-play event against Sunshine Coast held in Maryborough October 23.
He will also compete alongside Bundaberg's John Kirchner and Bargara's Chris Robertson in the state-wide Inter-Association Challenge held at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane between December 13 and 16.