There was a really interesting story to emerge from last week's Kempsey Veteran Golf Club regular Tuesday competition and I want to share it with you.
You see, the April Monthly Medals were there to be won by both A and B-grade contestants doing best in the 14-hole stroke event.
It was in A-grade that the most interesting part of the story did occur and I am sure all you regular readers will enjoy this little bit of banter (so to speak).
Yes, our Club president, Alan Macdonald led the way and what comes to mind immediately was that century-old great nursery rhyme "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" Ee i ee i oh! etc.
So, too, has Alan a farm, but he spells his surname just a little different...no capital D.
Possessing any amount of whit, Alan just had to keep up with his childhood days by naming his farm out there at Dondingalong - you guessed right - "EIEIO". Beautifully etched on polished wood it beams right at the front gate.
Everywhere a moo moo...he breeds Angus cattle! Get it?
In fairness to our president maybe we should drop the Old and simply put in ageing, eh.
Back to golf....Macdonald did shoot a round of 63 that reduced to a 3-under par 53 nett after handicap deduction.
In B-grade Phil Pinney once again led the way with his blistering 49 nett after his 77 off the stick, but this golf addict simply had to settle for the $20 victory voucher.
Phil already prided himself by winning the medal with a similar low score and he must be an early favourite in betting for the race for gold (so to speak).
That devil of a man handicapper is lurking, be warned mate, but do keep up the good work.
With no Kempsey Shire Council meeting on the day it was to the golf course for Bruce Morris and his heedfulness was rewarded by way of the coveted medal.
Second best with a 6-under 50 nett following a really satisfying 74 gross does deserve something special one would think, eh.
Both Peter Campling and Wayne Simmons with 52 netts led the list of ball winners, whilst Mark Townsend a stroke away will suffer the handicapper's attention also.
One-under 55 netts by Neil Dodds, Jim Meldrum and Bob Garner, with par 56's by Max Gleeson, Robert Johnston and Peter Hatton escape the cut.
Whilst they did not finish in the placings, Ray Campbell (20) and Milton Riggs (21) were the respective A and B-grade putting competition winners.
Both Johnston and Townsend played shots to within the metre circle to be the respectve grade nearest the pin winners at the third hole. A six-pack of Srixons went their way.
Macdonald did feature at the eighth.
No prizes - a special mention though - chip-ins were performed by Dennis O'Brien, Ray Campbell, Chris Gorman, Stuart Aston and Hatton.
Maybe the excitement of winning played the major part of our president being a little short with his presentation address. But Alan did respond brightly when Captain Robert (Dykes) adorned him with the medal.
Our captain did let all members know that it would be a 4BBB Stableford and Individual event today. So fellows, pick your partner for the Gypsy Tap of golf!
Tee-off is 9,30am and all visitors are welcome.