Tough mission greets golf players
KANE McNamara may have endured the latest 'brutal' stage in his golfing education, but he was still smiling.
The right-hander was among more than 150 players defying soggy conditions at the latest Lismore Workers Golf Club competition.
Heavy rain made life tricky for the early starters in Saturday's 18-hole four-ball best ball competition at the Barham St course.
McNamara has only been playing golf for about a year and said it had been a testing event.
"I think it was raining the whole time," he said. "It was not too bad later on, but on the first nine it was brutal.
"It was hard work (but) I'm loving my golf."
The 27-year-old took up golf after encouragement from family members.
He plays off 23 and likes the rollercoaster of emotions you get with the sport.
"It definitely has its ups and downs," he said.
"It can get to me if I am putting badly.
"On one of the holes today I chipped in for a par. I think it's those moments that you wait for in this game.
"It's that something that excites you to come back next week.
"I'm just trying to get a bit better and find a bit more consistency. My main plan is just to come out and have a hit with the boys."
Terry Crandell and Chris McDowell took the top spot at the hard-fought competition on 48 points.
Col Lavis/Noel Huxtable were a single point back, with David Martin and Bill Graham (46) finishing third.