Theyre smoking at Woodenbong

Murwillumbah champions (l-r) David Hobday and Chris Dean accept the Northern River Foursomes Championship trophy from NRDGA vice president Stan Bendall on Sunday.

The Northern Rivers Members Foursomes Championships concluded recently, with 68 golfers taking part, which was disappointing considering there are 19 golf clubs in our region.

However, the quality of the players made up for quantity. In fine weather on a good track at Woodenbong, last years titleholders, Brad McLelland and Casino greenkeeper, Mick Greber,were on hand to defend their title but were out-gunned by two young Murwillumbah golfers David Hobday and Chris Dean.

These two fine young golfers recorded 99 hits in 27 holes,winning by six shots from another Murwillumbah pair, Keith OGrady and Charlie (Farley) Kaehler on 106. The B Grade champions are two Lismore golfers who have a strong history in other sports. The big-hitting George Little (cricket) and Noel Field (soccer), who recorded 113, won by three from Ballina pair, Ric Arnison and Brendon Pollack on 116. The 27-hole A Grade nett winners were the Coraki connection of Nathan Streckfuss and Rodney Davidson. The former Coraki champs recorded 101.5, three ahead of another two Murwillumbah players, Ryan Balmain and Brad McLean. The next big Northern Rivers event, the annual Directors Day, will be held on April 1 and will be hosted by the Coolangatta Tweed Heads club. Cost will be $30 which includes dinner. One o`clock shotgun start.


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