RECORD HOLDER: City of Bundaberg Men’s Golf Open youngest ever winner Cameron McFarlane.
RECORD HOLDER: City of Bundaberg Men’s Golf Open youngest ever winner Cameron McFarlane. CONTRIBUTED

Teen makes record winning golf open

FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD Cameron McFarlane has won the City of Bundaberg Men's Golf Open and secured his place in the record books as the youngest person ever to win the competition.

Bundaberg Golf Club City of Bundaberg Men's Open co-ordinator Geoffrey Loveday said the first open was played 43 years ago in 1972.

In 2000, Kieren Wood, who was 18 at the time, won the open and held the record until the weekend when McFarlane stole the show.

Loveday said Scott Warren from Gin Gin who was on a plus 4 handicap was the favourite to win the open at the weekend.

But Cameron, who joined the Bundaberg Golf Club aged 7, played his best golf yet to beat Warren.

"Cameron's very dedicated and he's been playing very good golf of recent times," Loveday said.

"We expected him to play well on Sunday but we didn't think he possibly could win."

Loveday said he remembered when Cameron first joined the club in June 2008; he and a friend couldn't decide what sport he wanted to play.

"So their mothers just brought them over to the golf club and asked if we could show them how to hit a golf ball," he said.

Loveday said the promising teen now practised at the club several hours every day.



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