Golf Club champion Rob Carson during a round at Ocean Shores yesterday.
Golf Club champion Rob Carson during a round at Ocean Shores yesterday.

Rob holds his nerve



A GOOD golfer's nerves, like the shaft of a stick, should be steely, not rusty.

With four holes to play in the Ballina Golf Club championship last weekend, Rob Carson showed he's made of more than an old four iron by holding on to qualify for the champion of club champions event at the Murwillumbah Golf Club tomorrow.

Carson was four shots clear but dropping closer to five-time winner Neil Bullen.

"The old nerves started kicking in," Carson said. "The last few holes were pretty nerve-racking. "I held on for dear life."

But Carson held his nerve to claim his first Ballina club championship by two strokes.

Tomorrow he will be among more than 80 golfers set to contest the Northern Rivers District Golf Association championships at Murwillumbah.

Carson will be playing in the champion of club champions event, which is open only to Northern Rivers club champions.

Lismore's Michael Hancock, Casino's Mick Greber, Coraki's Nathan Streckfuss, Teven's Garry Bourke and Woodburn-Evans Head's Brett Forrester will not be playing.

However, defending champion Ryan Balmain of Murwillumbah will be teeing up in an attempt to make it two in a row on his home course.

The champion of champions will go on the represent the region in Sydney.

Publicity officer Stan Bendall, who celebrated his 70th birthday this week, said the championships were open to golfers from 18 clubs from the Queensland border to Yamba.



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