James and Connie Steel win $10,000 golf ball drop

James and Connie Steel have walked away $10,000 richer after winning the Bega Golf Ball Drop on Sunday. 

More than 100 golf balls were dropped by helicopter on to green with a painted X marking the target. 

The young family's ball was closest to the mark by just one centimetre with organiser Dave Mitchell carefully measuring the result on the day. 

The couple were stunned by their luck and said it was an overwhelming result after buying one ball on the day of the drop. 

"We've been buying tickets in the raffles on Friday nights, but when we came in today we thought we could have a crack and buy a ball," James said after watching the drop. 

Officials said it was a fantastic result to see the major prize go to the young couple and a large gathering at the drop were quick to congratulate the family. 

The day had something of a market flair with a jumping castle, face painting and “tattoos” as well as helicopter rides and displays from local fireys.

An eager crowd also enjoyed music from Garry Carson-Jones in the warm up to the drop, where a crowd of about 100 gathered on the golf club balcony. 

Simon Owens said 105 balls made the 50-metre plummet from the helicopter, a slight drop on last year's numbers where there were 108 sold. 

Meanwhile, Mr Mitchell said the expenses had been covered and the excess raised would go back into upgrades at the club. 

“We really want to thank everyone whose bought a ball or raffle tickets, there are things happening and your money is going to the right place,” he said.