GREAT SHOT: A well-struck tee shot to the 14th hole by Lennox Head’s Gavin Tierney during the latest round of action at Ballina Golf Club. Photo
GREAT SHOT: A well-struck tee shot to the 14th hole by Lennox Head’s Gavin Tierney during the latest round of action at Ballina Golf Club. Photo Stuart Turner

Champion is all smiles after stableford competition

IF you spot someone grinning from ear-to-ear around Ballina Golf Club over the next few days, it is probably Aaron Champion.

The home club player saw off scores of contenders to take C grade at Saturday's 18-hole single stableford competition, helped with his hole-in-one on the par three 154m fifth hole.

It was a day of notable feats at the club, with fellow Ballina player Doug Robb also holing with his first shot during the sun-baked event.

The triumph capped a memorable week for Ballina player Champion, who celebrated his 33rd birthday last Monday.

"I'll be quick to let everyone know about this," Champion, who has been playing golf for about six years, said with a grin.

"There was a few high fives and congratulations going around from my playing partners.

"That's my first ever hole-in-one anywhere. I'm stoked."

Right-hander Champion, who plays off 22, has been a member at the Jameson Ave club for about four years.

"It's obviously a sport with a lot of frustrations," Champion, who scored 44 points to top his division, said. "It's just good to get out on a nice day like this.

"It's great how you can have your frustrating days, and then you make up for it with one shot like that.

"It's fantastic - that's why you play the game."

Home player Robb was also the talk of the club after securing his hole-in-one on the 168m par three ninth.

Trainee pro Chris Hawkins said he could not recall when two players had secured the feat during the same day's competition at the club.

About 200 players, including several visitors from across the state, participated in the tournament.

Home players Alan Wright and Michael

Gaertner were the day's other notable performers.

Wright was top dog in A grade with 40 points, with Gaertner (43) leading the way in B grade.

In she drops at the 10th hole for Goonellabah’s Steven Gallap.
In she drops at the 10th hole for Goonellabah’s Steven Gallap.


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