Henwood favoured for golf title



LEADING Clarence Valley golfer Luke Henwood has been installed as one of the favourites for the Northern Rivers Golf Championships to be played at Maclean tomorrow and Monday.

The one-handicapper who was recently the runner-up at the Queensland Junior Open, faces some stiff competition from some of the region's leading golfers.

Maclean Golf Club spokesperson Dennis Gillespie said Casino golfer Brent McLennan would also take some beating and Kane Bullen, from Murwillumbah was another that was likely to figure on Monday when the 36-hole competition concluded.

Other dangers include Keith Dean, a previous multiple winner, from Murwillumbah and Maclean's John Clarke, a noted big-match player.

Gillespie said this year's championship was the first round of a new Northern Rivers golf competition, the Wilson Reynolds Shield.

"Golfers who compete in Northern Rivers competitions accumulate points over the year," he said.

"It's something that's been going to happen for the last few years, and now it's come off."

Maclean Golf Club president John O'Keeffe is pumped up over the appearance of the Maclean course for the championships.

"We've got a new greenkeeper and he's got the course looking the best the course has looked," he said.

"It's a real privilege for the club to host this event and to have the course looking like it does is just fantastic."

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