Goody wins super senior championship

Pitt Meadows Golf Club member Gudmund ‘Goody’ Lindbjerg won the B.C. Super Senior Golf Championship on Thursday...

Gudmund ‘Goody’ Lindbjerg won the provincial over 65 championship at Swaneset Bay in Pitt Meadows on Thursday.

Pitt Meadows Golf Club member Gudmund ‘Goody’ Lindbjerg won the B.C. Super Senior Golf Championship on Thursday at Swaneset Bay Resort.

Lindberg shot plus five, with rounds of 71, 75, and 75 for a total of 221. That put him well ahead of second place at 235. The competition is for golfers 65 and older at the provincial level, but is 70-and-up for the nationals, which will be held in Medicine Hat, Alberta on Sept. 1.

His total also had him tied for third in the Senior Golf Championship, just one stroke out of second, against golfers 55 and older.

His putt on the last hole of the tournament from the edge of the green missed by an inch or two, he said, and would have given him a birdie and tied him for second.

Brain Van Os, another member of the Pitt Meadows golf club, caddied for Lindbjerg on the day. He said playing with a new putter probably cost him a few of strokes.

“Goody hit the ball well today,” he said. “But his putter let him down a few times.”

Lindbjerg is a four-time B.C. Senior champion, in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and has been the perennial club champion at Pitt Meadows.

He said he’s happy to headed back to the national championship

That event was won by John Gallacher, a Burnaby resident who plays out of the The Vancouver GC, but is a former Pitt Meadows club member. He shot 70, 72 and 74 for an even par 216 total, and won the provincial championship by four strokes.

“It’s a great feeling to win this again,” said Gallacher. “It’s great to be in contention and then to win it, it means I was consistent and it’s good to be consistent.”

Gallacher was rarely in trouble during his final round, making par on 14 of his first 15 holes. A gorgeous approach on the par-3 16th led to a five-foot birdie putt that all but salted away the victory.

“John strikes the ball so well and I’m very happy for him,” said Lindbjerg, who also won the Best Ball competition with Gallacher as his partner.

“I made some very bad mistakes and I didn’t play well enough to win. I am happy to win the Super Senior title again.”

In the two-man best ball competition, Gallacher and Lindbjerg won the title by six strokes, as their (-13) total of 203 bettered two teams, Norm Bradley and Lance Lundy; and Doug Roxburgh and Steve Berry, who finished at (-7) 209.

In the four-person Zone Team Competition, the Zone 4 Lower Mainland team of Paul Batchelor, Mark Spooner, John Gallacher and Gary Ritchie overcame a two-stroke deficit to win by two strokes over the Zone 2 Interior team. Zone 4 finished at (+20) 452, two strokes ahead of the (+22) 454 score posted by the Zone 2 team consisting of Norm Bradley, Jeff Omland, Russ Bentley and Len Filek.


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