Course record takes Northern Rivers title
By STEVE SPINKS
FRESH from a sensational rookie season at Oklahoma Christian University in the USA, Lismore golfer Rhein Gibson dominated the twoday Northern Rivers Championships held at Maclean on Sunday and Monday.
Gibson had a blistering final nine holes where he hit seven under to run away with the trophy.
The youngster was four over leading into the final nine holes with his brilliant finish landing him at three under for the tournament.
Second was Maclean's Luke Henwood who finished four strokes back at one over.
Gibson's final day 67 was a record at the Maclean course bettering the mark, ironically set by Henwood.
"I didn't even know I won until this morning (Tuesday)," Gibson said.
"I hit off early and took off because I didn't really want to hang around too long."
As for his staggering nine hole plunder, Gibson was modest.
"I didn't really do anything different," he said.
"I had something to eat and just went out and attacked.
"I guess I had a new frame of mind and I knew I had to play good to win."
It was Gibson's first senior Northern Rivers title and he also won the Colts Championship.
It completes the seniorcolts-junior treble as he has won a number of junior titles.
Gibson has only recently arrived home from the USA where he was rated 169th out of more than 6000 college golfers.
The 19-year-old Lismore Workers Club member was also selected in the All-American team.