Harvison claims Mitsubishi World Masters Golf title
GOLF has been in Greg Harvison's blood since he first picked up a club as a youngster.
The sport has been a part of the family tree for more than a generation, as his younger brother and current Grafton Golf Club professional Mark, can attest.
And after more than 40 years chasing little white balls around courses all over Australia, 52-year-old Greg landed his biggest win at the weekend.
Harvison will return home today after winning the Mitsubishi World Masters Golf Championship at the Gold Coast.
The largest and richest amateur golf tournament in Australia, the World Masters is open to both male and female golfers over 35.
Players compete in divisions determined by age and handicap, ensuring they play against golfers their own age and standard.
The four-round tournament was played on some of the Gold Coast's premier golf resort courses including Hope Island, Robina Woods, The Glades and Sanctuary Cove.
"It was a great thrill to win and it was a pretty tough four days of competition," Harvison said.
"We played 72 holes over four courses. Hope Island was probably my favourite as it was the one I scored best at.
"I was equal leader after the round there and by the final day I was four strokes ahead."
The scores were then kept secret until the final presentation and Harvison said he had a nervous wait before celebrating the win.
"There were around 700 competitors overall, and a field of about 80 in my age division," he said.
"I play off a handicap of two, so I was in A-grade of the 50-59 age division.
"There were good golfers from all over the world there but mainly from New Zealand and the other Pacific Islands.
"It was the first time I'd competed in the event and because it is held at the Gold Coast it wasn't far to travel."
Harvison won the Jacaranda Open at the Grafton Golf Club in 2007 and placed second in the event last year.
The 2012 Jacaranda Open will be played this weekend and Mark Harvison said a huge field had already nominated for the feature event.
"We have 180 down to play on Saturday and 140 for Sunday so it will be a huge weekend," he said.
"Late entries are still welcome. Just give me a call at the pro shop and we'll squeeze you in some-where."