Ronnie Johnston gets out of trouble well on the 18th hole during the latest Saturday competition at Ballina Golf Club.
Ronnie Johnston gets out of trouble well on the 18th hole during the latest Saturday competition at Ballina Golf Club.

Crawford on fire with a net 64

YOU have to be patient when you are golfer, but sometimes - as Richard Crawford can testify - it's your moment.

The home player fired his best score in almost 30 years' membership at Ballina Golf Club to claim last Saturday's Specsavers Monthly Medal.

Crawford, who plays off 19, fired a 64 net to seal a "terrific" day at the Jameson Ave club.

"It was one of those days when everything went well," he said.

"I played eight under my handicap and shot 11-over-par. That was my best score ever.

"I felt terrific - I had a one or two drinks to celebrate afterwards."

Crawford, whose effort also secured him the C-grade, said good chipping and straight hitting was key to his success.

"(At Ballina) you need to stay on the fairways and out of the bunkers," he said. "That doesn't happen very often for me, unfortunately.

"I just chipped fairly well and had a good day."

Originally from the Snowy Mountains, Crawford took up golf after moving to Ballina about 29 years ago.

The left-hander usually plays once a week and takes bad days on the course in his stride.

"How do cope with those days? The 19th hole of course," he quipped.

"I just like the companionship and the different people you meet.

"One week you might be playing alongside a guy who mows lawns and the other guy might be a lawyer.

"You don't know what's coming from shot to shot. That's what keeps me coming back to golf."

Sid Jameson took the

A-grade with a score of 70 net. B grade went to Geoff Deveson, who scored 69 net.

More than 150 players contested the event.


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