Albany golfer Peter Tomlinson had a dream start in his first Wittenoom Cup competition at Albany Golf Club. Tomlinson claimed the 2021 Wittenoom Cup on his home course in a field of 144 male players across the two-day 36-hole stroke event at the weekend. The Albany Golf Club member defeated a strong field of competitors, scoring an impressive round of 65 on the second day after a 73 on Saturday to win by three shots from Cottesloe’s Gordon Tucker and fellow local Dave Cruse. After the first round, Tomlinson was eight strokes behind Neil Wilson, who produced an impressive round of 65 while Cruse was one shot back in second. However, Tomlinson stormed home on Sunday with a superb round to finish on 140 overall, six under his handicap, as the first-round contenders fell away in windy conditions. Tomlinson defeated Tucker (141) and Cruse (141) while John Walker and Denmark’s Les Wolfe rounded out the top five after both shot 142. “It means a lot to me actually to win because I love the club, it’s a great club,” he said. “I have been a member for a few years now and I’m very supportive of all they do, it’s just a great thing to win. “I didn’t play so well on the first day and at the end of the first day I was quite upset with myself and actually spoke to my wife and she did me a bit of psychology 101 and because of that I’m standing here with this trophy. “Without her I wouldn’t have won. “Part of the psychology was to not look at the scorecard and just one shot at a time, that’s what I did and didn’t even realise how well I had played until I added the scorecard up at the end. “On the second day I had no problems at all, everything came together.” The best gross for the event was Walker with a score of 152.