Women star on first day

WOMEN ruled the roost on the first day of the two-day Brown and Hurley charity golf tournament at Kyogle yesterday.

An amazing 45 points scored off a 44 handicap took the women’s opening day honours while visiting Queensland golfer Margaret Mole made a hole-in-one on the short 102-metre fifth hole, although it failed to put her in top billing on the final scorecard.

Yvonne O’Reilly, a local member who has been playing the course for just three years, carded the bulk of her points on the outgoing nine holes of the 18-hole event while the equivalent men’s handicap event went to M Innes, of Casino, with 44 points off a 26-point handicap.

Runner-up in the women’s was Glenda Smith, of Teven, with 43 points off a 32 handicap, and former Kyogle junior Nick Anderson was runner-up in the men’s with 41 points off a seven handicap.

More than 150 players took to the course on the members’ day yesterday and another 150 will tee off this morning in the sponsors’ single stableford 18-hole event.

The Brown and Hurley tournament is in its 36th year and has grown to be one of the biggest charity golf events in the region, having raised more than $260,000 since its inception, with trophies valued at more $9000 each year.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service has been the major beneficiary over the years, but in more recent years the State Emergency Service, the town’s local brass band, the Kyogle Lions Club and the Youth Venture group which emerged after the tragic deaths of three teenagers in a road accident five years ago have also benefited.

This year the fundraising target is $20,000, much of it raised at a special sponsors’ dinner at the club last night.

The tournament continues this morning. There will be another round of single stableford winners this afternoon and overall two-day winners in the men’s and the women’s divisions will be announced tonight.

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