Diggers Day a great success

BALLINA players enjoyed some light-hearted competition and helped pay a tribute to former heroes too.

More than 100 veteran players took part in the Diggers Day at Ballina Golf Club yesterday.

Home player Ian Wright took the top spot at the 18-hole stableford event, a regular on the golfing calendar.

Although played in friendly spirit, there was some hard-fought action.

Wright took it out with 42 points, with fellow home club players Richard Crandon (41) and Jim Hodgson (40) rounding off the podium placings.

Nearest-the-pins were secured by Bob Sargent, Dennis Morrissey, Peter Blanchard and Gary Train.

Brad Farrel took the Hot Shot award, with David Nockolds securing the Eagles Nest title.

The annual tournament is played the Monday before Anzac Day and sees players commemorate the occasion.

A small ceremony was held as an early tribute to Anzac Day, while players also enjoyed an Australian-themed lunch, including a tasty pie and Anzac biscuits as part of the event.

David Fraser, honorary secretary with organisers, the Ballina veteran golfers, said the winner had deserved his triumph on a special day for the club.

"Ian (Wright) is a pretty consistent golfer," he said.

"He is acting treasurer at the moment. Obviously his extra duties are helping him.

"There were some great scores. The course has dried out recently so there was a bit more run.

"It was a nice day and great to see everyone enjoying themselves."

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