Albion Cricket Club hosted its annual charity golf day for a four-person ambrose event.

Eighteen teams consisting of 72 golfers and non-golfers all ages participated on the day to raise funds for the club.

Local golfing talent Shane Wilson, with Buddy, the son of golf professional Luke Ryan, took out first place on the day to shoot an impressive score of 55 3/8.

Ryan’s younger brother Josh and his side saw their side finish second on a score of 55 7/8.

Local golfer Ian Jordan and his team of four rounded out the podium on the day finishing third with a score of 56 1/8.

Prizes were awarded on the day over the 18 holes on the par three tee off areas in conjunction with a straight drive competition on the ninth hole.

The second hole par three saw a nearest-the-pin challenge for men and women where local golfer Andy O’Connell won the men’s division, while Ellie Ryan took the women’s crown.

Other par three holes on the course – seven, 12 and 16 – were contested between both men and women for the prize of nearest-the-pin off the tee. 

Hayden Baker was the winner of the men’s straight drive on the ninth hole, while Tarryn Maher won the women’s division.

Albion Cricket Club president James Mack, although unable to attend the event through COVID isolation, was particularly appreciative of the players who took to the course on the day.

His gratitude was extended through the event’s chief coordinators Damien Baldwin and Luke Ryan at the awards presentation.

“As a cricket club we are grateful for the support not only towards the club but the enthusiasm in getting on board to support our cricket club,” Baldwin said.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.

“To the many players we had today supporting us not only within the club but also the wider community to be involved, we couldn’t be more appreciative.”

The reigning Gunnedah and District Cricket Association premiers were particularly impressed as they held their best field since holding their annual charity golf day for the first time seven years ago.

“By far the best field of golfers of all types we have had for the event,” Ryan said.

“It’s amazing to see all members of the Gunnedah community support all causes.

“This day is our major fundraiser of the year and as a club we are sincerely appreciative of the support.”

The efforts of Baldwin and Ryan, in conjunction with Albion Cricket Club members, ensured the day was a success for the Gunnedah cricket premiers, raising about $2500 for the club.

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