Burton blows out B Grade at Easter golf classic
THERE were some great scores among the field of 204 in Saturday's Ian Weigh Toyota/4RO Easter Classic at Rockhampton golf course, but none better than Leon Burton, who won B Grade with 62, an amazing 10 under par.
Burton has not played as much golf as he used to, due to family commitments, and as a result his handicap has gone from a low of eight to 14.
But it won't be long before he is back in single digits if his form from the classic continues.
Burton shot a gross score of 76 and minus his handicap of 14 he posted a net score of 62.
This means he played the classic off a handicap of just four, 10 below his actual handicap - a remarkable round of golf.
"My two young daughters means I can't play as much as I would like, but I try and get out and have a round at least once a month," Burton said.
That formula seems to be working for Burton, as he posted his second lowest score at Rockhampton.
"I have shot better than that when I went round in 74, but that was years ago," he said.
"Yesterday was close to my best."
Burton was grateful for the work of club members to have the course is such good condition for the tournament.
"The course looked great, conditions were excellent and I must thank everyone who has worked so hard to get Rockhampton golf course looking and playing so well," Burton said.
"It's actually playing a bit easier since the cyclone, not as many trees as there used to be so that helped on Saturday as well," he said.
With two birdies in his first five holes, Burton knew early in his round that if he held his nerve it could be something special.
"I got off to a great start and then just held on from there," Burton said.
"After the two birdies I just concentrated on shooting the best score I could."
Ian Weigh Toyota/4RO Easter Classic:
- A Grade winner Tony Fitzgerald 64, by 4 shots over runner up Jeff Ingles
- B Grade winner Leon Burton 62, by 3 shots over runner up Will Pretorius
- C Grade winner Ralph Minter 65 on countback over runner-up Brian Sleep
- Ladies (Stableford) winner Trudi Petrie 32 points on countback over runner up Natalie Gregson