Always in his grasp
By TONY WHITE
LOGAN Toms from Woolgoolga, the big man with a silken touch around the greens, has snared his third successive win in the prestigious Herron Cup at Grafton district golf course.
The 26-year-old bread vendor shot rounds of 68 (Saturday) and 72 (Sunday) for a gross total of 140 to beat close mate, Maclean's Luke Henwood, by two shots (142).
"I hit the ball real well on Saturday and not so good on Sunday," Toms said. "On Saturday I putted really well. That was the key.
"I holed a few long ones and on Sunday I just managed to keep it together."
Toms fired six birdies (one under) in his opening round and two birdies on Sunday when the tougher pin placements required unerring accuracy.
"I managed to birdie the final hole on Sunday but wasn't sure if it was enough," Toms admitted.
"I'm really enjoying my golf. I try and get up here (Grafton) as much as possible to play and catch up with some good mates.
"Fortunately I've run into a bit of form lately."
Toms, who plays off scratch, won his first Herron Cup (2003) by three shots before last year's one-shot victory when he broke the course record in the second round which was subsequently bettered by Grafton's Matt Worthing, who shot 63 in this year's Jacaranda tournament.
Worthing won the Herron Cup in 1992 and has been a multiple winner of the Grafton Bowl.
The Herron Cup was originated in honour of Sir Leslie Herron, former Lieutenant Governor of NSW. Grafton's A Kelly won the inaugural event in 1961, with well-known Australian amateur champion Tony Gresham, from Pymble, winning the Grafton Bowl.
This year 170 golfers from around NSW lined up on Saturday and 138 on Sunday.
During Sunday's round with playing partners Grant Rickwood, Aaron Hart (Maitland) and Anthony Duff, Toms said their encouragement helped him through some difficult periods.
Earlier this year Toms won the Tamworth Easter Open, a Varden event, and was beaten in a play-off in the Pymble Cup.
Toms and Henwood have been selected in the four-man NSW team for the Twin Towers Amateur Titles at Tweed-Coolangatta on August 7.
Other major winners in the Herron Cup were: Nett winner, Scott Brown (134); gross div 2 winner, T Sheppard (169) from Maclean; nett div 2 winner, John Spry (139); gross r/u div 1, Luke Henwood (142); Gross r/u div 2, Ken Dewar (171); nett r/u div 1, Grant Rickwood (140) and nett r/u div 2, Rick Paxton (135).