Sport

Veteran golfers to hit town

WEEK OF GOLF: Ballina Veteran golfers (from left) president Brian Shelton, captain Lyle McKellar and Week of Golf co-ordinator Paul Selman are set for a veterans Week of Golf in Ballina in July.
WEEK OF GOLF: Ballina Veteran golfers (from left) president Brian Shelton, captain Lyle McKellar and Week of Golf co-ordinator Paul Selman are set for a veterans Week of Golf in Ballina in July.
ABOUT 300 golfers are expected to drive into town when the Ballina Golf and Sports Club hosts a Veterans Week of Golf in July.

Co-ordinator of the event, Paul Selman, said the Ballina week of golf, from July 19 to 23, is one of 48 veterans’ weeks of golf held in a geographical loop to allow the keen golfers to travel from one event to another.

The Ballina event will be the first after a four-week recess in the 48-week schedule, and it’s the first time Ballina has hasted a veterans’ week of golf.

Mr Sleman said hosting the event was a real coup not only for the golf club, but for the town.

He said the event was nearly fully booked already, even though the promotions were sent out in early January.

“The benefits to the town are huge,” he said.

“There will be about 350 to 400 people coming to Ballina. It will be the biggest event at the Ballina Golf Club this year.”

He said many of the participants in the circuit were caravaners or motor-homers who would travel for weeks on end from one town to the next to play in the ‘weeks of golf’.

“There are many husbands and wives who travel almost continuously on tour,” he said.

“These golfing nomads wander backwards and forwards across NSW throughout the year, generally returning home during the warmer months and for the small winter recess.”

The Ballina event has been billed with the theme ‘Escape Winter’.

Ballina Golf and Sports Club had to apply to the NSW Veteran Golfers Association to host the event.

Mr Selman said permission was given for Ballina to host the event as it fitted in with the circuit of other events. The golfers will head north to Murwillumbah after the Ballina week.

He said the association also gave permission based on the ability of the Ballina club to host the event.

He said it was a coup for Ballina to be able to put on the week of golf.

The veterans will play in various events over four days during the week, with the Wednesday of that week being a lay day where the visitors can enjoy a bus trip.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Police investigating Ballina incident

Do you recognise this man? Police would like to speak with him.

Can you identify this man?

Rubbish collections back on agenda

BULKY RUBBISH: A Ballina Shire mayoral candidate has raised the issue of kerbside collections for the region.

Kerbside collections of bulky rubbish on the agenda

Latest deals and offers

Legal poppies will make you die, not high

A NEW crop will be popping up across the state after all sides of politics agreed to lift a ban on poppy seed farming for medical use.

Police investigating Ballina incident

Do you recognise this man? Police would like to speak with him.

Can you identify this man?

Rubbish collections back on agenda

BULKY RUBBISH: A Ballina Shire mayoral candidate has raised the issue of kerbside collections for the region.

Kerbside collections of bulky rubbish on the agenda

Battle over North Coast lake road continues

BATTLE FOR ROAD: Lennox Head's Stop the Lake Road Closure committee spokesperson Pip Carter (back, left) with NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres who has described the decision to close the road as odd.

Battle to keep road open is not over

Local teen actor to star in cult horror

Nicholas Hamilton.

Nicholas Hamilton, 16, has cemented his Hollywood career

John Williamson winding up for another Gympie Muster

John Williamson is bringing some new songs and artists to this year's Muster.

John Williamson is back and ready to put on his best show ever

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m