Front nine has green light

Golf Argus Day.

Golf Argus Day.

There was no Course Closed sign to be seen anywhere on Tuesday of last week so Kempsey Veterans Golf Club members - 14 in total - knew there was some sort of competition to be contested.

The two septet-strong gathering were soon to learn that a nine-hole stableford had been quickly arranged on what our greenkeeper, Anthony Janson, regarded as "the drier parts" (his words).

"There are quite a few holes on the back nine that will be almost unplayable with so much water lying about. It simply has to be the front part of the course today.

"I know the program shows that today's event is scheduled for the back nine so it's the front or nothing," he said.

To help matters and also protect the fairways - and byways, too - the 14 players were told to tee up through to the greens. A great benefit for the big hitters!

Whilst no motorised carts were permitted, it was shanks's pony with a buggy in tow and the heaviness of the track took its toll on quite a few. One fellow virtually collapsed after sinking his final putt.

The fairways were so soft that the kangaroos that call Kempsey home were leaving paw marks as big and deep as those divots made by the best of golfers. Hard to believe, but true!

Now, after all that goings on, it was Graeme Hall the top scorer for the day with 21 points and he thoroughly deserved his honour.

After all Graeme comes down from Stuarts Point each Tuesday to unleash his skills and he certainly takes the game seriously. There's more wins in store for him I'm sure.

Prolific placegetter Max Gleeson was at it once again and took the runner-up prize with his 20 points and it was just the one back to Chris Hudson, Bob Kingdon and Graheme Martin.

Today's event, hopefully, is an 18-hole stableford due to the annual visit by the Nambucca Heads Club and the expected sizeable field has enforced organisers to use the shotgun start at 9.30am.

This ensures that no interference will occur with the Social Club's regular competition that gets underway at.7.30am.

At last week's Board Meeting it was decided that the Monthly Medal Stroke will be staged on the last and not the scheduled first Tuesday of June.

Also with the July Medal looming the following week, so as to avoid the displeasure of all but a couple of members, the Board has postponed this event a week.

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