Sullivan seals trophy victory
COOLANGATTA Tweed junior golfer Jack Sullivan took the Northern Rivers District golf team to a thrilling one-game victory over Mid North Coast District on the weekend.
The annual contest was played under sunny skies at Maclean Golf Club last weekend, and Northern Rivers were keen to keep their hands on the trophy, the Fred Causley Shield, which they won at Woolgoolga last year.
After two days of fierce competition, the scores were locked at 10 games each and up stepped young Sullivan in the last game of the weekend.
It all came down to the 17th hole, where the 15-year-old sunk a clutch put to take the victory for Northern Rivers.
The gallery cheered Sullivan up the 18th hole and greeted him with back slaps and handshakes as he walked from the course, with Northern Rivers the victors, 11-10.
Northern Rivers had started as slight favourites over a Mid North Coast outfit sprinkled with many up and coming younger players, who will make their mark in golfing ranks in the coming years.
Saturday’s four-ball matches gave an indication as to how close the final result would be, with neither association being able to assert its superiority.
At the end of the day the count was three-and-a-half matches each.
Sunday’s matches proved no different to the previous day, as the results ebbed and flowed.
Mid North Coast took an early two-match lead, which gave it an advantage.
However, the colts team, with strong wins to Damon Stephenson (Coolangatta-Tweed Heads), James Bonnor (Coolangatta-Tweed Heads) and Charles Wright (Byron Bay), evened up proceedings.
Notable performances for Northern Rivers came from Sullivan (Coolangatta-Tweed Heads), Wright and Nathan Baker (Murwillumbah), who won both their matches, and Brett Baker (Murwillumbah) and Jacob Tonkin (Coolangatta-Tweed Heads), who both won one and squared one match.