TOP SHOT: Ballina junior Stuart Gibson (above) is the 2012 Northern Rivers District Golf Association junior champion after a tournament in Maclean, while Ballina golfer Phil Daley (below) took out the Northern Rivers District Golf Association Senior Championship for the third consecutive year.
TOP SHOT: Ballina junior Stuart Gibson (above) is the 2012 Northern Rivers District Golf Association junior champion after a tournament in Maclean, while Ballina golfer Phil Daley (below) took out the Northern Rivers District Golf Association Senior Championship for the third consecutive year. Rob Wright

Daley shows how to win a hat-trick in golf

BALLINA golfer Phil Daley took out the Northern Rivers District Golf Association Senior Championship for the third consecutive year at the Maclean Golf Club on Sunday.

Daley, 60, has been playing seniors for five years and also took out the championship at Ballina in 2008.

He shot a round of 80 to finish eight over par to win by one stroke.

"I didn't play my best but it was good enough on the day," Daley said.

"I like the senior championship because it gives you the incentive to keep playing at 60."

Daley has come and gone in golf over the years and has been playing off a 1 handicap since he was 16.

He led the three-day Queensland Senior Men's Amateur Championship at Bribie Island in July before finishing fourth.

Daley has a few secrets to his success including no practice and only playing twice a week.

"A lot of it is between the ears and I think the game doesn't really start until 50m out (from the pin)," he said.

"Putting and chipping is the biggest skill and the key to winning any tournament.

"I'm lucky to play at Ballina, it's an underrated course and better than the average.

"It's always in good condition and we can play week in week out."

Daley hopes to make it four in a row next year.

The Senior Championship was played in conjunction with the NRDGA Championships at Maclean in which a Ballina junior finished on top.

Stuart Gibson, 15, overcame his older brother Lachlan to be crowned junior champion.

 

OTHER RESULTS FROM SUNDAY:

Colt champion, Mitchell Wilson (Lismore); NRDGA Championship runner-up, Matt Crandell (Byron Bay); colts runner-up, Joshua Ryan (Woodburn-Evans Head); senior runner-up, Charlies Kaehler (Murwillumbah); A-grade 18-hole nett runner-up, Neil Bullen (Ballina); B-grade 18-hole nett runner-up, David Ferrier (Woodburn-Evans Head; A-grade 18-hole third nett, Luke Bodley (Casino); B-grade 18-hole third nett, Frank Knudson (Ballina).



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