Local pro Trevor Russell tees off for his final round of the Seniors Pro-Am at the Ballina Golf Club yesterday.
Local pro Trevor Russell tees off for his final round of the Seniors Pro-Am at the Ballina Golf Club yesterday.

Money is split

By STEVE SPINKS

THE $20,000 Ray White Real Estate Seniors (Over-50s) Ballina Golf Pro-Am produced a surprise result yesterday with a tie for first place after 36 holes.

John Clifford and Michael Wilsdon, both New South Wales golfers, finished strongly on the second day to tie for first with scores of 142.

"Because there is only first and second they will split the money," pro-am co-ordinator Paul Selman said.

"The end result was very different considering the scores yesterday (Saturday).

"John Clifford has been playing some pretty good golf, but he wasn't one of the favourites."

Ballina professional Trevor Russell was the leader at the half-way point after firing a 71 at his home course on Saturday.

However, he faded yesterday when he hit 77, which pushed him back to seventh.

Paul Connell from the Hunter Valley won the Super Seniors event after hitting 150.

The Super Seniors event was contested between professionals aged 60 to 69.

The amateur winner on Saturday was Ballina's Gavin Burley with 41 points in the stableford.

Another Ballina local amateur, Wayne Estreich, won the stableford on Sunday with 42 points.

Selman was very happy with the event. "We had 2000 people through with the golf expo," he said.



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