Big fields hit greens for festival
COFFS Harbour Golf Club's 60th anniversary Festival of Golf hit the fairways running with record fields at the weekend.
Club president Jeff Howlett was one of 170 starters yesterday in an event which has remained the domain of one local business house since the original carnival.
“The first Sunday event has been sponsored by Leonard J Williams Timber from the start and they've never missed a year,” he revealed.
“Historically that's an enormous achievement and I don't know of another partnership like that one.”
Brilliant sunshine bathed the course on Saturday and while late afternoon storms threatened on day two, Howlett was more worried by the ‘difficulties' he kept running into among playing opponents.
“We're still managing to drag ourselves around the course but the blokes we're playing against must be cheating us when we aren't looking,” he said.
“Either that or they've got too many shots and are just too hard to beat.
“But we're loving it and looking forward to a great carnival.”
The biggest action comes next weekend with the Coffs Cup, Ladies Classic and North Coast Amateur Open.
Also a highlight is the looming State of Origin battle between the New South Wales and Queensland teams and an appearance by rising star Justine Lee in the big events.