Maker claims first senior CQ open title
By RACHAEL BORICH
FORMER Gracemere junior golfer Justin Maker has led an ex-Central Queensland assault to win the 2005 Central Queensland Men's Open Championship at the Rockhampton Golf Club on the weekend.
Maker, now at Virginia and preparing to captain the Queensland team in next month's Interstate Series in Perth, topped the field to win the 36-hole event with a 147 gross score.
Maker won by one stroke from fellow Brisbane-based golfer Ricky Hill, formerly of Rockhampton's Capricorn Country Club.
Hill also had his work cut out to take the runner-up accolades, winning on a countback from Brisbane's Ricky Gunzler, exWowan, and Lee Manning, exYeppoon.
One of Central Queensland's current rising junior stars, Yeppoon's Boyd Watts, captured the Central Queensland Closed Men's Championship title after shooting 151 gross.
Maker, who has two Central Queensland junior open titles to his name, was relieved to win his first senior title after struggling with his mental game over the closing nine holes on Sunday.
"I was three under through the first eight and then my swing just let me down,'' Maker said.
"I made soft errors.''
After Saturday's opening round, Maker was tied in the lead with Manning with a 74 gross score.
In the B grade, Rockhampton's Terry Johansen (160) won from Fred Flenady (172) while Rockhampton's Stan Winter (187) captured the C grade title from Rockhampton's Robert Glinka (192).