OPEN WIN TO RUMBLE
By TONY WHITE
GRAFTON'S darling of the fairways Malina Rumble won the girls' section of the Yamba Junior Beachside Open at Yamba golf course on Sunday.
The 16-year-old five marker from Grafton District Golf Club shot 82 to win the gross.
"To be honest I had a shocker," she said modestly. "I just tried to hang in there without getting too frustrated."
Being a perfectionist, Rumble admonished herself, blaming poor putting as the reason for not scoring better.
"The course was in great order but I found the greens a bit too slow for my liking," she said.
"I missed putts I should have sunk. I missed some short ones I should have got and left a lot of puts short.
"Just silly mistakes.
"While I won and that's great I finished well over my handicap."
Rumble has competed in the junior Beachside Open for the past six years and is a former winner of the tournament.
"It's a great tournament, one of my favourites," she said. "They (Yamba officials) always make you feel very welcome. They are great hosts.
"Overall it was a real fun day. I got to play with three friends from Casino. We all enjoyed ourselves."
Net winner of the girls' was C Santin from Lismore, an 18 handicapper who carded 75.
Star Yamba junior Daniel Kelly fell just short of winning the boys' section for the third successive year.
Kelly (78) finished third to Coolongatta-Tweed Heads player Oscar Koch who shot 76 to win by a stroke from Rob Wharran, off 4, from Moree.
Koch also plays off a four handicap.
The A-grade nett winner was A Lyons (9) from Kempsey who carded 75 on a countback from L Ryan (8) from Lismore.
C Murphy (77) won the B-grade gross with D Atterton (70) winning the nett. Both players are from South West Rocks.
"The course was set up to a competitive standard off the championship markers and was in immaculate condition," organiser Jim Kelly said.
"All in all, thanks to our sponsors and the players, it was a highly successful day."