ON PAR: The the father and son team of Brendon and Brandan Lee, and teammate Dan Dwyer were the overall shield winners at Banjos memorial Golf day.
ON PAR: The the father and son team of Brendon and Brandan Lee, and teammate Dan Dwyer were the overall shield winners at Banjos memorial Golf day.

Banjo’s Memorial Golf Day pays tribute to much loved community man

Golf: For the third year running, the Banjo’s Memorial Golf Day was held, with players hitting the green in memory of Billy Bennett, affectionately called ‘Banjo’ who was a pivotal member of the St George community.

Banjo was heavily involved with both the Lions and St George Rugby League Club, and now the golf day held in his honour donates all proceeds to two local charities of the club’s choosing.

Secretary of St George Rugby League Club Majella Morris said the day was very successful with 62 players teeing up, with the father and son team of Brendon and Brandan Lee, and teammate Dan Dwyer the overall shield winners on the day.

“We had a good roll-up of rugby league members who came to have a swing and the Lions club were there in full force cooking the barbecue,” Morris said.

“We normally have the same fellas who come out every year to support the cause.

“Banjo’s son Michael even came back from Beerwah for the weekend to play and present the trophy which was really nice.”

Mrs Morris, who was neighbours with Banjo, said the day was about paying tribute to a much loved member of the community, while supporting local charities.

“He was a great neighbour, we really miss him,” she said.

“Every morning, he would wander over for a chat and he also played golf with my husband.”

Mrs Morris said they couldn’t have held the day without the support of their sponsors SunWater, Mallawa Irrigation, Bill Knights and Vanderfield.