TAMWORTH golfer and racehorse trainer Lesley Jeffriess hopes her luck continues tomorrow when her horse Stretch contests a staying race at the Barraba Cup day meeting.
Yesterday she holed an amazing chip from the rough on the 15th on the first day of the NSW Sand Green Championships being held at Barraba Golf Club.
Excellent course conditions and beautiful weather greeted the 89 golfers who teed off yesterday.
Players from 28 clubs travelled from all over NSW and even from central Queensland to enter the two-day event.
Former two-time champion and Werris Creek resident Greg Hobbs said the course was in magnificent order for the event.
“It is a good course here and I love the sand greens,” Hobbs said.
There were plenty of sand green specialists on the course, including Johnny Mann from Walcha, who was impressed with how the course turned out, especially after the dry winter.
Robert Rignall, from the Coast Course in Sydney, was playing off three and should be in the running this afternoon.
“I love the bush and the sand greens but you have to know how to play them,” Rignall said.
“You have to bounce the ball short and have it run on.”
“It’s all about the bounce and run out here.”
Barraba Golf Club secretary David York said the whole town benefited from events like this.
“The accommodation in town is almost full and the course looks great,” York said.
“Everyone in Barraba wins from events like this one.”
Many of the golfers are staying on tomorrow for the races and some such as Jeffriess are involved in both.