Tamworth course full for charity chopper day

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter charity golf day on Monday continues to be one of the social golfing events of the year.

Under the palms (from left) Gary Gracie, Andrew Belt, Geoff Morphett and Rob Dorrington.  120514GOB01.

Under the palms (from left) Gary Gracie, Andrew Belt, Geoff Morphett and Rob Dorrington. 120514GOB01.

Magnificent, balmy weather made it a fabulous day with 180-plus players. There were 12 reserve teams!

Winner on the day was the Hogsbreath team. They had an incredible 43.5. The four 27 markers had 13 under off the stick to waltz in but copped a major sledging from  opponents at the presentation.

 Once again, Mike Rabbitt, the world’s greatest TV personality, drove up from Newcastle to emcee the occasion, an outstanding donation of his time freely to the WRHS. 

He also did an off-the- cuff interview with Barry Walton, the WRHS head honcho, who finishes up in Tamworth in July. Baz isn’t retiring yet, he’s moving back to home town Newcastle for a couple of years to see out his term in his old stamping ground. 

Hopefully he will be back to lead us on the Camerons Corner to Tamworth Mountain Bike Ride in May next year. He’s also booked for the September Ride For The Chopper on the Northern Tablelands. 

 Anyway I had a big day at the golf day, shanked a few putts, hacked a heap into the mulga but drove (the cart) very well. Neil and Conrad Harvey proved great partners, the father and son team matching my efforts with great aplomb while we used Neil “Smiley” Alderton to keep us on track. 

One who did enjoy himself greatly was Capital Body Works’ Darren MacKenzie. Not only did he give the ball a thump, he also gave the WRHS a greater thump by increasing his sponsorship of the golf day to another five years and a substantial rise. Darren’s sponsorship helped make the day another booming success, just as his support of the Tamworth FC (soccer) boys continues to produce results. 

Tamworth FC coach Wayne May was also hammering a few around with the likes of goalkeeper Troy Osborne and midfield magician Brent May, having to make do with the late pullout of big central defender Damien Puyenbroek. Damo did score a goal last weekend for FC while club stalwart Rob Jeffery scored his regular goal of the season with a brilliantly flighted cross from 48m soaring into the Guyra United net. His second grade FC side won 12-nil.

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