GREENKEEPERS’ DAY: Northern Rivers Greenkeepers’ Advisory Council president Gavin Speers (kneeling) with local greenkeepers, from left, Isaac McMahon (Lennox Head), Duncan Elphick (Ballina RSL), Ian Wright (Alstonville) and Josh Greenhalgh (Cherry Street Sports).
GREENKEEPERS’ DAY: Northern Rivers Greenkeepers’ Advisory Council president Gavin Speers (kneeling) with local greenkeepers, from left, Isaac McMahon (Lennox Head), Duncan Elphick (Ballina RSL), Ian Wright (Alstonville) and Josh Greenhalgh (Cherry Street Sports). Graham Broadhead Ballina Shire Advocate

Greenkeepers challenge bowlers at Ballina RSL Bowling Club

YOU wouldn't think too many bowlers would have been whinging about the greens at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club on Wednesday - or any greens on the Northern Rivers for that matter.

That's because about 25 greenkeepers from the district were playing alongside them in a charity bowls day organised by the Northern Rivers Greenkeepers' Advisory Council.

A total of 162 bowlers - including some very part-time bowlers - took part in the social fund-raising day.

It was the first time the charity bowls day had been held at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club.

In fact, the club's greenkeeper, Duncan Elphick, was praised by several players for the quality of the surfaces he had prepared.

The greenkeepers' day each year raises money fora different charity.

This year the Our House facility in Lismore was the charity of the day, and $2000 was raised.

Ballina RSL Bowling Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary today.

There will be a flag-raising at 11.45am followed bya two-hour lunch.

Guest speakers will include Ballina Shire Mayor David Wright and Ballina MP Don Page.

Three-bowl medley triples will be played at 2pm with the presentation at 4pm.


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