Buninyong golfer shines in his first national tournament

JOHN Ciezki had never competed in a national golfing tournament until last week.

So going into the Australian veterans’ championship he did not expect to finish on top of the leaders’ board.

The Buninyong player’s primary reason for teeing off in the event was to play some good courses and enjoy the social side of the tournament at Dunes Links, Moonah Links legends and National’s Ocean Course.

He not only enjoyed it, he won it.

Ciezki had rounds of 83, 80 and 84.

“The courses were magnificent, but very tough,” he said.

“I’m still coming down from the clouds, I didn’t expect the win at all.

“I was just able to hit the ball decently off the tee all week.”

Ciezki, who plays off six, said although his game-style used a lot of attack, he always assessed the risk involved in a shot. 

“To attack is my nature, if there’s a chance to attack I’ll take it,” he said. 

The annual tournament rotates between host states.

This year, more than 500 competitors from all over the country were in the event run by the Mornington Peninsula Veteran Golfers Association.

All three courses used are ranked in the top 50 nationwide. 

“I’ll definitely be going back next year – it was just a terrific week,” Ciezki said.