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Westlake to compete in golf championships

WINNER: Gympie fireman Doug Westlake has won the Queensland Fire Services State Championship.
WINNER: Gympie fireman Doug Westlake has won the Queensland Fire Services State Championship. Greg Miller

GYMPIE golfer Doug Westlake has come close in the past but in his 16th year competing, he has finally won the Queensland Fire Services State Championship for 2015.

The 58-year-old competed at the 36-hole Gales Golf Club in Brisbane last Thursday and Friday against other firies who had nominated for the event from across Queensland.

After winning the amateur golf event, Westlake will now compete as a part of a five-member team in the Australasian Fire Brigades Golf Championships in Adelaide from November 8-13.

About 40 golfers from each state, including a New Zealand team, will attend the championships which last year was held in Hervey Bay.

Westlake moved to Gympie in 1977 and became an auxiliary firefighter in 1979 at the Gympie Fire Station and went full-time in 1982.

He said his best score was a 66 gross during the Father and Son Championships in Gympie in 1999.

But winning the state championships has been his highest achievement and something he has worked to achieve for many years.

Westlake said he has competed in every state in Australia and parts of New Zealand in his 16 years at the event and is now on his second trip around.

The former Gympie Central State School student said he will look to defend his state title next year in Toowoomba but is encouraging more firies interested in golf to take him on.

"Just because it is called a championship does not mean you cannot compete."

He said there are a range of levels and only those wanting to be competitive strive to win the championship.

But a lot of participants can enter the lower grades or even nominate in the social events.

Gympie Times

Topics:  golf



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