Helson shines to take Riverina title


LEETON golfer Josh Helson won the Riverina golf championships last weekend.

Played at Junee Golf Club over 27 holes on Sunday, Helson shot one-under par to record a three-shot win over Kapooka’s Jeff Virgin.

Leeton had four representatives taking part � Helson, Scott Wallace, Matt Dedini and Scott Turner.

Helson is a greenkeeper at Leeton golf course and returned to town about three months ago after being away for a year.

It was his first tilt at the title after being asked by Turner to play.

“There were a few good golfers there, it was a pretty strong field,” Helson said.

Playing off a plus-one handicap, Helson achieved a first-time feat for the championships.

“My nett score was higher than my scratch score, which they reckon has never been done before,” he said.

Turner labelled the Junee layout as “trying” and said Helson’s win came down to “prodigious length off the tee, general exceptional ball striking and a putter that rarely misses”.

However, Helson was more circumspect and couldn’t put it down to any once part of his game.

“It was just the usual,” he said. “Nothing stood out.”

Helson also plays Australian rules football and fits his golf around his playing duties, although finds golf more relaxing.

“Once a week, twice a week if I’m lucky,” he said about how many times he plays. “It depends on footy.”

Helson was proud of his victory and placed it just below his 2011 club championship victory.

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