Date: July 03, 2011

Aussie golfers shine at Special Olympics World Games

Athens&apos Glyfada Golf Course bore the brunt of an Australian talent onslaught as every member of Australia&aposs Special Olympics golf team won a medal in their division. The team ended their campaign with two gold (Steve Robson, Matthew Culkin), three silver (Amanda Patterson, Alexander Hayes, Kate Wilson) and two bronze (Matthew Curley, Craig Read). “They&aposre a great group.” assistant coach Kevin Borger said. “And terrific golfers.” Gold medallist Robson, 24, had a shaky start but soon put that aside and set a new Special Olympics course record of 75 after earlier scores of 92, 92 and 88. Robson&aposs display set the tone and he was followed onto the course by Read, Wilson, Curley and Hayes. Silver medallist and Queenslander Patterson, later admitted feeling a little nervous and her form dropped off. Not that she was unhappy with a silver. “It’s a lovely course,” she said earlier in the day. “Much better than the course at Rhodes where we had trouble getting tees into the rocky ground.” Patterson had plenty of support from back home with hero-grams from her mother and her friends at the Pine Rivers Golf Club in north Brisbane where she plays every Monday.