By PHILIP CHANDLER
It took three decades, but Queenstown golfer Steve Brent finally tasted the spoils of victory at The Hills last month.
The 48-year-old, whose handicap is three-and-a-half, won his first senior championship in 31 years at Sir Michael Hill’s Arrowtown golf course — and he had to play a lot of golf to get there.
After two qualifying rounds, he played four rounds of matchplay over a recent weekend.
His first match went to 13 holes, his second to 17, his third, a semi-final against Murray Doyle, also went to 17 holes, while his final against Jonathan Gurnsey — ‘‘an epic match’’
went the full 18 holes.
Brent, who puts his win down to consistency over four rounds, says he last played that much golf when he was 17.
Interestingly, it was his first championship at The Hills even though he’s been a member
since 2014 — ‘‘it always used to clash with another tournament I played in’’.
For the record, that last senior title was at the Lower Waitaki Golf Club, north of Oamaru, in 1990.