Ballina’s Robert Carson gets nicely out of trouble from the bunker at the first hole during this year’s Northern Rivers District Golf Association Championships.
Ballina’s Robert Carson gets nicely out of trouble from the bunker at the first hole during this year’s Northern Rivers District Golf Association Championships.

Ferris still in form after 20-year break

ARMCHAIR golfers, here is your inspiration.

Peter Ferris had a 20-year break from golf earlier in his life, but has returned to the sport in excellent fashion.

The Myocum player was runner-up in the seniors division at this year's Northern Rivers District Golf Association Championships and one was one of a handful of players to shoot under 80 in challenging conditions.

Ferris, who was playing at his home Ocean Shores club for the tournament, said he had enjoying picking up his clubs again.

"I started playing as a kid, but I stopped playing for about 20 years and then took it up again," he said.

"I think I just wanted a sport that is a bit gentler on the body than team sports.

"The short game has been harder to pick up. My advice to anyone returning would be to practise the short game.

"It's going well and I enjoy it."

A tricky wind made conditions awkward for players at Sunday's event, which attracted top amateur players from across the region.

Ferris made light of the conditions, firing a four-over-par 76 to finish level top in the seniors division.

Coolangatta-Tweed's Dave Morrison achieved the same score and took the contest on a countback.

Ferris has been a member of the picturesque club for about three years after moving to the north coast from Sydney.

He was one of scores of players at the event, contesting for more than $4000 in trophies and prizes.

Right-hander Ferris, who plays off a handicap of two and has been concentrating on the sport for a few years, said he was happy with his efforts at the event.

"I guess every dog has his day - and this was mine," he said. "It was windy but the course was standing up well. I was surprised there weren't lower scores around.

"Golf can be frustrating, but I have an even temperament.

"I try and take everything that happens on the course in my stride - that's the key to enjoying it."

Coolangatta-Tweed's Damien Jordan took the men's title after firing a superb three-under-par 69.


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