Coraki pair claims title
CORAKI Golf Club duo Matt McLean and Nathan Streckfuss are celebrating after defying testing conditions and quality opposition to take a sought-after regional title.
The pair fired a gross score of 110 to take the Northern Rivers District Golf Association (NRDGA) Foursomes Championship at Iluka Golf Club. More than 100 players from across the FNC took part in the 27-hole event, defying heavy early morning rain which threatened to put a dampener on Sunday's event.
Club captain Jim Cazalet said the pairing had done well to take the top honours.
"They must have proved a good combination," he said.
"There were some really good scores shot, especially when you consider the conditions.
"There were a lot of good golfers involved, with one or two handicappers playing.
"Everyone seemed to have a bit of fun and it was a good event."
McLean and Streckfuss saw off a useful field to secure the A-grade title ahead of Stewart Bradhurst and Shaun Rose.
The Ballina duo took runners-up spot, edging out Byron Bay duo Matt Crandell and Michael Anderson on a countback after both teams finished on 115.
Woodburn pair Elwyn Mackney and Jim Perkins showed their quality, taking the B-grade title with 123.
Home duo Peter Bell and Frank Poore were next back.
Other notable performers included Matt Strong and Steve Morrissey, who won the A-grade net title with their score of 106.75.
Woodburn father-and-son duo John Robinson junior and senior were runners-up on 109.
Home pairing Sid Hill and Matt Gosper took honours in the B- grade net division, with Lismore Workers Golf Club combination Brian Deegan and Barry Clark second.
The annual event, one of the notable dates on the NRDGA calendar, rotates around the region's clubs every year.
"It was an honour for us to host the championships," Cazalet said.
"The course was in terrific condition. I think Iluka is one of the few courses in the region that could have played as well as this, despite the recent wet weather.
"It was testing because everyone underestimates Iluka. The fairways are beautiful, but if you fall short on the greens you will pay the penalty.