KINGAROY KING: Graham Hourn was again crowned the Kingaroy Golf Club A-grade champion.
KINGAROY KING: Graham Hourn was again crowned the Kingaroy Golf Club A-grade champion. Callum Dick

Graham cannot be stopped

Golf: Graham Hourn emerged once again as the Kingaroy Golf Club's A-grade club champion following a dominant performance at the weekend.

Hourn has held a monopoly on the club's top honour in recent years, and never looked challenged on his way to yet another title.

He shot a cumulative 279 gross over four rounds to finish 19 strokes clear of runner-up Grant Green.

Club captain Steve Oliphant said Hourn - who plays off a handicap of just three - was just as brilliant a person off the course as he was a golfer on it.

"Graham is just one of those guys where nothing worries him, he just plays brilliant golf,” Oliphant said.

"I've watched him over the last couple of weeks - he's managed rounds of seven under (par) which is just incredible.

"He's just a truly modest and nice guy.”

Although Hourn's victory was never really in doubt heading into Sunday's final round, the same could not be said for the B-grade and C-grade championships.

Tony Jenkins shot 65 nett to take out overall final round honours - and in doing so cemented his B-grade win.

Jenkins finished four shots clear of runner-up Russ Mackay, although Mackay will not feel too hard-done by having won the Veteran and Senior categories.

After a short layoff, Andrew Nicols returned to the Kingaroy greens in spectacular fashion to win the C-grade chamionship ahead of Darryl Jacobs.

Nicols shot a cumulative 374 to best Jacobs by five strokes. He also won C-grade nett honours with 295.

"Andrew hasn't played a lot recently, he's just gotten back into and and played four really good rounds to get to where he is,” Oliphant said.

"Runner-up Darryl Jacobs has only been a member for a year or so, but he's taken to the club really well.”

Oliphant said a poor opening round the previous weekend had scuttled any chances of finishing in the placings.

But he was quick to praise the quality of golf on display across the Club Championship fortnight.

"(Kingaroy) is just a really nice club to belong to,” Oliphant said.

"Over the four days (of competition) I played with four different groups of guys and had a great time.”

The top eight placings from each of the three grades will represent Kingaroy in the upcoming club pennants.

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