Date: April 18, 2009

Besley wins Australian Deaf Golf Championship

courtesy: Deaf Golf Australia Jack Besley, a 16 year old from Melbourne, in his first Australian Deaf Golf Championships, belied his youth to shoot rounds of 77,69 and 76 to finish 14 shots in front of the current World Deaf Golf Champion, Denver Magnusson also from Victoria after rounds of 77,77,82. Mark Aird of Queensland finished third after rounds of 87,84,77. In the hotly competed teams championships, Victoria backed up its win at the 2008 Australian Deaf Golf Championships (held at Australian Deaf Games in Gold Coast) and finished 24 shots in front of NSW with a score of 996. The Victorian team comprised of Jack Besley, Denver Magnusson, Raymond Reid, Gary Kerridge, Gavin Balharrie and Thomas Beggs (Captain). NSW finished second on 1020 and Western Australia in 1129. Tony Klimek of WA, won the Seniors Championship (over 50 years old) with a score of 255 from Alan Bitters (WA) on 261. Simon Hogan, from Deniliquin in NSW, won the Nett Championships with a score of 221 from Tony Klimek (WA) 222 and Ray McGuiness (NSW) of 226. Deaf Golf Australia along with New South Wales Deaf Golf Association were the proud hosts of the 17th Australian Deaf Golf Championships, at Pacific Dunes at Newcastle, NSW, over the Easter Weekend. Pacific Dunes proved to be a stern but fair test of golf with the front nine in thick forest, and the back nine surrounded by water. This tournament was attended by 35 golfers from 5 states, broken down with 10 golfers from Victoria, 8 from NSW, 7 from Western Australia, 6 from Tasmania and 4 from Queensland.