Kempsey Golf Club: New boy on block knocked off top

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Our new boy on the block but not a stranger, Kevin Hopping, has taken the Kempsey Veterans Golf Club by storm, or so it seems.

For he has recorded successive victories, his latest last week's July Monthly Medal stroke that followed a first-up stableford competition just seven days prior.

With a rather good (so to speak) 4-under 52 nett Kevin looked home and hosed, that was until David Tolman was accredited the same score.

Club officials soon counted out David, which led to Kevin claiming victory outright over a good field of 41 rivals.

In B-grade it was Bill Paterson leading the way with his 54 nett, although he, too, did have to survive a 4-way countback before the all clear was given.

Whilst Kevin was present to receive his token that earned entry into the Gold Medal Play-off in December, Bill missed the fancied occasion. He had reason of course.

A partner (sorry Barb) for the day, Bill had told me when completing our rounds that he was going to miss the presentation.

"I'm going straight home to be with my daughter and the grandkids. That's more important I reckon," he said. We cannot and won't argue with that, eh!

The three lesserlights Bill counted out and to be satisfied with new Srixons in the ball competition were Johnny King, Victor Love and Barry Pearson.

Others to win new balls were Chris Hudson and Terry Smithj (53), Bob Kingdon, Archie Anderson, Jack Tolman and Peter Mercer (55).

Putting best on the day A and B-grade wise were David Tolman and Graheme Irving with respective 21 and 24 counts.

Excitement prevailed for Steve Bates at the par-3 third hole when he watched his ball stop just 21 centimetres short of the cup. Sunk the putt and received six Srixons for a sweetener!

Nearest the pin at the 11th hole were Robert Dykes (A) and Jack Tolman (B) and it should be revealed that no B-grader made it onto that third green in one.

Now fellows the big one is on today, yes 'tis Manly Day once again and we will all be playing in a 14-hole stableford event that takes in the front nine this time around.

Visiting veteran golfers are most welcome to be in it and both fun and frivolity is assured. Give our starter Brody (Clarke) a call on 65626291 to book a start and/or cart.

Due to the cold winter mornings, tee off will be at 9.30am.

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