TOWNSVILLE golfer Tjenara Ward looks as Tweed?s Carly Bilson putts during the Renay Appleby golf day yesterday.
TOWNSVILLE golfer Tjenara Ward looks as Tweed?s Carly Bilson putts during the Renay Appleby golf day yesterday.

Renay?s day a doozey

Golf

GOLD Coaster Mint Swasohuto took out the 18 hole championship at the Renay Appleby Golf Day at CoolangattaTweed Heads Golf Club yesterday but it was a Ballina teenager that stole the day.

Southport's Swasohuto, playing off three, had a gross score of 72 and a net of 70 and finished even par despite the rain and conditions yesterday. But Ballina's fourteen-year-old Corinne Leslie won the hearts on the day, taking out the gross title in the nine hole event.

The young player, a beginner, scored 45 to win on a countback from Ocean Shores golf- er Jacqueline Gray with Coolangatta Tweed Heads golfer Paige Khouri with 47.

Renay's father John White said Leslie and her success is what the day is all about.

"I was listening to the girls after the event and they were already talking about coming back next year," he said.

"They talking about having a good time at the event and making life-long friends.

"And really that is the essence of the event and what Renay would have wanted."

More than 100 golfers from throughout NSW and Queensland took part with competitors coming from as far away as Townsville. While many young golfers use the event as a warm-up for the Greg Norman Junior Masters which start at Coolangatta-Tweed Heads on Monday just as many treat it as a family day.

"There were four girls from one Ballina family," John White said. "They were tiny tots but they had a great day."

Despite the unpredictable weather, which kept numbers down a little on previous years, White said there was a fantastic atmosphere.

"I think it was the best one ever," White said. International players Rachel Teske and Cherie Byrnes both flew in to help out and run clinics of the day.



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