PHILLIP Island golfer Mark Boulton has claimed the prestigious honour of winning the 2013 New Zealand Men’s Mid-Amateur Golf Championship.
After finishing runner-up in the same event last year, Boulton went one better this time around at the picturesque Wairakei International Golf and Sanctuary at Taupo.
The championships were held across two days, with 36 holes played on November 12 and another 18 holes on November 13.
“It all worked over the couple of days so it was pretty good,” Boulton said.
“I went again because I knew people over there and I went with Darren Green (Wonthaggi Golf Club President) with intentions to play but no intentions to win – and I managed to come away with a win.”
The trip was followed immediately by returning to win his home club championship at Phillip Island.
“We spent a week in New Zealand playing golf, and then I flew home and got back to Phillip Island at 1.30am, was asleep to 2.30am, and then was up and teeing off at 7.15am on the Saturday morning for the final round of the championships.”
Trailing by three shots at the start of the final day with two rounds to play, Boulton, who plays with a handicap of plus-two, won the Island championships by 15 shots from teenager James Fowler.
“James unfortunately lapsed in the final round. He is an upcoming superstar and well composed for a teenager,” Boulton said.