Liz Ellis is visiting the Capricorn Coast. Photo Contributed
Liz Ellis is visiting the Capricorn Coast. Photo Contributed Contributed

Netball legend Liz Ellis pulls out of Yamba Pro-Am

GOLF: Australian netball legend Liz Ellis AM has been a late withdrawal from the third annual BWAC Yamba Ladies Pro-Am tournament which kicks off Thursday.

Forty-eight professionals have registered for the annual tournament which made a switch of dates from early January to the first weekend of March in an effort to draw more players to the competition.

Ellis was expected to be a special guest player during the tournament but has since announced that she will not be able to attend due to "a conflict in scheduling".

However Australian professional golfer Rachel Hetherington will be playing in the open and is expected to have husband and Australian cricketing icon Greg Ritchie as her caddie during the event.

There will be a distinct foreign flavour at this year's Pro-Am with professionals from Australia, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Cook Islands, Austria, Latvia and England.

They are all fighting it out for over $26,000 in prize money with a Shoot-out being held on Thursday afternoon at the club. There will also be a long drive display from one of Australia's Long Drive champions.

The fun starts around 5.30pm on Thursday with the pro's and amateurs playing on Friday. The amateurs will lock horns in a single Stableford while the pro's will be playing an 18-hole stroke round.

Spots are still available for amateurs to come and play with these amazing ladies for only $40 which includes golf and canapes on Friday afternoon at the official presentation.

Spectators are more than welcome to come follow the players on Friday or just come and see the shoot-out on Thursday, it's such a fantastic atmosphere even if your not into golf.



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