Australia's Rhein Gibson (top right) in action at the Australian Open Golf Championship;
Australia's Rhein Gibson (top right) in action at the Australian Open Golf Championship; DAVID MOIR

Stars and premiership winners

Rhein rakes in cash

LISMORE golfer Rhein Gibson sunk a rare albatross on the final hole of the Barracuda Championship in Nevada.

His tee shot on the par-five hole went 338m and faced 161 more metres to attack the green for the double eagle.

The ball flew all the way to the green before it bounced three times and rolled into the cup.

As well as earning a larger share of the prizemoney, Gibson also won $50,000 for a charity of his choice as reward for any golfer who made an albatross on the 18th hole.

Skullcandy win

SYDNEY surfer Samson Coulter won the pro junior final at the fifth annual Skullcandy Oz Grom Open in Lennox Head.

There was a fair mix of local surfers in the water with six days of competition.

Lennox Head's Nyxie Ryan made the final of the under-14 girls division while Byron Bay surfer Kyuss King made the semi-finals in two divisions.

Timberjacks success

FAR North Coast was among the winning teams at the annual Timberjacks Friendship baseball


The FNC under-14s finished on top of the ladder after the preliminary rounds and went on to win the gold medal game against the West Wolves 16-6.

FNC player Clare Evans also took out the Under-20s Most Valuable Player for the tournament.

Kelly wins gold

CASINO-raised Katie Kelly won a gold medal at the Paralympics in Rio.

The 41-year-old finished first in the PT5 women's triathlon with her guide Michellie Jones at her side.

Kelly comes under the vision impaired classification after she was born with a genetic disorder that causes hearing loss and blindness.

Sweet 16 for Glee

GLEE recorded a remarkable 16th straight premiership with a 6-2 win over Northern Star in the

Far North Coast women's A-grade hockey grand final.

The sequence of 16 consecutive major premierships by Glee is the longest in Far North Coast


Grand final glory

WOLLONGBAR-Alstonville won its third straight premiership in Far North Coast rugby union with a 14-8 win over Byron Bay in the grand final.

Elsewhere, Murwillumbah dug deep to beat Cudgen 16-14 in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League grand final.

The emotional win came just one week after Murwillumbah second-rower Grant Cook died in a Gold Coast hospital after he collapsed on the sideline during the preliminary final.

Drought breaks

BANGALOW won its first grand final in the top grade with a 1-0 win over Goonellabah in Far North Coast premier league soccer.

In a big year for the club, its women's premier league team won a fourth straight double premiership with a 2-0 win over Lismore Thistles.

Smash hit at 86

BYRON Bay tennis player Margaret Fisher won four medals at the ITF Super- Seniors World Championships in Croatia.

The unseeded 86-year-old finished runner-up after going down 6-2 6-1 against reigning world champion Rosemarie Asch in the over-85s women's final. The pair won a bronze medal together earlier in the week playing in the over-80s doubles.

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