Liam edges Lucas ina thriller
LIAM Anderson got his 2013 Northern Rivers District Golf Association (NRDGA) Junior Order of Merit campaign off to a flying start iat Coraki Golf Club.
Anderson saw off Murwillumbah rival Lucas Higgins to take the Coraki Junior Classic in a sudden- death play-off.
Fellow players, parents and spectators stopped to watch the pair - who had finished the 18-hole event tied on 74 - contest the decider.
Club captain Bob Grasby said it had been great to watch Sunday's competition, which Coolangatta-Tweed representative Anderson captured on the first extra hole.
"Just about everyone in the field came out to watch the play-off," he said.
"It was great to watch.
"Lucas lipped a putt and that let Liam in. I'm sure Liam must have had some butterflies in his stomach, but he did well."
Ballina's Lachlan Gibson took third spot, firing a 75.
Another Coolangatta-Tweed rep-resentative, Jordan Irvine, was the nett winner with 69.
Tyla Smith also flew the flag well for the Tweed club, taking the girls A-grade with 78.
Murwillumbah's Maddie Trew underlined her promise, claiming the nett title with 71.
Other winners included B-grade girls champion Courtney Fuller (Grafton) and B-grade boys winner Harvey Remfrey (Ballina).
Ballina's Tyley Glavocih was the nine-hole winner with nett 28, while Lismore's Cam Harlan-Robertson took the five-hole competition.
Eighty-three players contested the event, the first of the year of the NRDGA Order of Merit circuit.
Grasby said the field had done well in testing conditions at the par- 72 course.
"The course played pretty tough," he said.
"It was playing pretty slick, so the players didn't have it easy.
"I think Lucas and Liam were the only ones to break par.
"It is very important for these kids that they get to play events like this.
"It was great to see them out here and we really enjoyed it."
The circuit now moves on to Yamba next month.
JUNIORS keen on golf can hone their skills at helpful coaching sessions.
Coraki Golf Club is hosting free weekly coaching sessions for young players.
The sessions, which take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays, offer basic and advanced tuition for participants.
For more information, contact the club on 66832001.