Westlake savours a big year on the greens
GYMPIE golfer Doug Westlake (pictured) has successfully ended the season winning the recent Tom Madill Memorial Trophy and finishing the year with a national championship.
Westlake was a part of the winning Queensland team in the 39th Australasian Fire Brigade Golf Championships held in Adelaide last month.
The golfer was one of six players who represented Queensland at the national event, triumphing over South Australia on a count back.
The firefighter of 33 years said South Australia was pegged as favourites heading into the week-long tournament.
But after 36 holes, the points made by the best four scorers from each team were tallied and Queensland crowned victors.
This is not the first time Westlake has been a part of the winning Queensland championship team, having competed for his state since 1999.
"Individually it was not one of my better years," the golfer said.
"The (Grange Golf Course) has been redesigned since we were last there which made it a bit more challenging."
WESTLAKE qualified for the national event after winning the 2015 Queensland Fire Service State Championships earlier this year.
The event was held in Brisbane and the golfer's victory was his first after 16 years of competing.
Since returning home from Adelaide, Westlake struck another vein of form last week.
He was a part of the winning 4BBB combination tournament at the Noosa Springs Golf Course last Monday, bringing home the prized Tom Madill Memorial trophy for the first time.
He teamed up with Ray Dunkley to card 49 points, laying the foundation for Gympie's win against rival club Noosa.
Westlake shone again at the Gympie course, carding 45 points to easily win the A-grade Stableford competition three points clear of runner-up Bobby Abbott and Max Tomkins in third on 38.
"I've witnessed many tragic events having attended many serious fires and accidents and golf is good therapy for the mind and body," he said.