Australian Masters Games

Former child prodigy makes Games debut

by Juan Estepa - 9 October 2015

Former child prodigy makes Games debut

He won gold as a child star and after a 43 year absence from the game at an elite level, golfer Ian Dunlop had hoped to do it again.

The fifty two year old started playing as a young boy in Scotland but gave up national level competition when he moved down-under.

“I actually started when I was nine and I won the under 12’s school boys in Scotland,” Ian recollects with a chuckle. “Then when we came to Australia I didn’t play golf for a little while, but I got back into it.”

Getting back into it is an understatement for the former golfing prodigy, with an impressive handicap of five, and years playing with Grange Golf Club.

The first time Masters Games golfer is among 10,000 other participants using the games as an excuse to get out and meet new people, enjoy their chosen sport and get a bit of exercise while they are at it.

“My partner put me in cause she is in the dragon boat racing and I’ve also got time off this week so it was a handy time to go in and have fun on the golf course,” Ian says, “I’m here for more fun than heavy competition.”

Unfortunately for the golfer, a GPS mishap on Monday, meant he missed out on his first round which has likely cost him a medal in the Men’s A-Grade competition.

“I missed my tee time on Monday. I didn’t find the golf course – my GPS took me somewhere else,” he explained with a smirk.

Despite the bad luck the Flinders Park resident isn’t letting it get him down and is making the most of his first foray into the Masters Games.

“The beauty of golf is that everyone can play together, any level can play together and it’s good fun,” he says. 

“It’s good for average golfers to get out and have a game of competition golf – it’s fantastic.”

Ian Dunlop finished Thursday’s play with a score of 29.

The 15th Australian Masters Games are being held in Adelaide, October 3-10, featuring more than 10,000 participants from across Australia and around the world.

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The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia. 

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