SAND FLIES: Lynne Hay chips out of trouble on the 18th hole during the latest competition at Ballina Golf Club.
SAND FLIES: Lynne Hay chips out of trouble on the 18th hole during the latest competition at Ballina Golf Club. Stuart Turner

Bitten by the golfing bug

FOR a player who once viewed golf as a "silly game", Ballina Golf Club's Robyne Reynolds hasn't done badly.

Reynolds was among more than 200 players contesting Saturday's 18-hole individual stableford.

The 66-year-old took up the sport about 40 years ago after being a last-minute recruit for a comp.

Despite her initial misgivings, it's turned into a labour of love for the right-hander.

"I just thought it was a silly game," she said.

"Why would you spend your time hitting a white ball around and chasing after it?

"After my first game (though), I got the bug.

"It's a sport you can play into your 90s. There's quite a few players in their 80s going round.

"I feel there's no stopping me."

Self-taught Reynolds, who now plays off nine, is a former Northern Rivers champion who has played with top players over the years.

"I find some other sports boring in comparison," she said.

"I like how you are not playing against other people. It's you against the course.

"It's a very challenging and mental sport, all about balance and timing.

"I think I have that - some of the time."

Brian Rawle was among the other players in action at the event.

The 70-year-old who plays off 12, said he enjoyed pitting his wits against the Jameson Ave course.

"It's not a course where you can just hit it anywhere," the Lennox Head player said.

"You've really got think your way around it.

"Some days it suits my game and some days not, but that's golf.

"If I have a bad day, I don't worry too much. I just think tomorrow will be better.

"That's sport - that's life."

Jeffrey Nicholson was the day's A grade winner on 41 points.

Michael Gaertner continued his recent good form to claim B grade with 47.

Don McMurray (41) was top dog in C grade.

KEEP GOING: Home player Trish Hensel sends a putt on its way to the final hole at Ballina Golf Club.
KEEP GOING: Home player Trish Hensel sends a putt on its way to the final hole at Ballina Golf Club.


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