Golfers chip in for chopper at Armidale

LEISA Meehan had divested herself of her “big hair” by the time The Leader arrived at Armidale Golf Club on Sunday.

The bright and bubbly wife of former New England Nomads coach Brendan Meehan was at her best, sledging her fellow team members (in a nice way) during the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Charity Golf Day.

Her husband, Brendan, had also shed half of his happy hippy attire as well although the blingy necklaces and multi coloured shirt still tinkled well.

They were part of a four-player team with Ken Hamilton and John Nixon, that won the Best Dressed Award.

Glen Frost, Tony Marshall, Jason O’Hara and Ben Lawrie fired a 57 off the stick around the par 72 layout to finish with a nett 48.87 score.

It gave them a four-shot win over Craig Harris, Glen Hinds, Tom Walsh and Nick Love (60 for a nett 51.12) whilst Dave Clark, Deb Clark, Pat Hall and Lou Robertson fired an 83 for a nett 53 to be third.

What Leisa and her three partners shot is unknown.

What they did have was a “great day”.

“It’s one of the great days,” Brendan Meehan laughed and jangled with his necklaces.

“We’re having a ball.”

“Yep,” Leisa Meehan said.

“We’ve been having a bad day.”

She reckoned she needed her sister, Julie McGrath, to come up and bash a few down the middle for her.

“The score didn’t matter, Leisa added.

“Ken’s our golfer,” she said of Ken Hamilton.

“He is good. But we play every year. It’s a great day for charity. We’ve been dressing up the last four or five years and having a ball.”

 Hamilton then struck one off the tee as she talked, the lefty creaming one out around 250m.

“They’re all mollydookers,” she confirmed of her three “lefthanded playmates”.

Then husband Brendan teed off. Leisa laughed.

“He’s gone looking for his tee – it probably went further than the ball.”

That brought another long laugh.

There were plenty inside in the Armidale Golf Club clubhouse too after the charity day that had a shotgun start at 10am.

Manager Tim Allerton said it had been a fine day that had flowed well.

‘“We had 140 players, great support from the community,” he said.

“The field flowed really well. We had a shotgun start at 10am and had the presentation done and over by 5pm.

“It was a real good day, plenty of fun, well organised. And we’re very happy to support such a good charity.

“I’m an old lifesaver from the northern beaches and can remember the Westpac chopper coming over The Heads few times.”

 Nearest the pins went to Christine McNamara and Michael Sharman.

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