Jaye’s win a cracker
JAYE Crocker has taken out the Northern Rivers District golf championship after prevailing in a three-way play-off.
Crocker, a member of the Ballina Golf Club, claimed the title on his home course.
He edged out Mat Crandell (Byron Bay) and John Rixon (Lismore) in the play-off late yesterday afternoon after they all finished the regular 18-hole stroke round at one-under-par 71.
Isaac Outridge (Coolangatta-Tweed Heads) won the junior championship with a seven-under-par 79.
Rixon took out the senior event with his round of 71.
The day's top golfers, along with more than 60 other competitors, were vying for a total prize pool worth more than $3300.
The annual one-day competition determines the region's top golfer, according to Northern Rivers District Golf Association president Phil Dowling.
The overall champion receives entry to the state championships in Sydney and an all-expenses-paid trip to the event.
The tournament is open to NRDGA players from clubs stretching from the Tweed to Yamba and west to Casino and Kyogle.
Kevin Lowe (Yamba) and Mat McKee (Grafton), members from clubs on the Clarence, are holidaying in the area so were able to compete alongside the locals.
A day of golf was a good way to break up the school holidays, McKee said.
A 20-year local, Paul Wilson, thought he might be in with a chance, drawing on some home advantage. He was particularly confident after starting his round with a birdie on the sixth, he said, but it wasn't to be his day.
The Ballina Golf Club course was in peak condition for the event, according to general manager Mark Whiting.
"The course is at its most pristine around September-October as we head into the busy season," he said.
The championships are also part of the selection process to choose the best team from the Northern Rivers to take on other districts, including south-east Queensland associations, in competitions.