Doug shoots an impressive round

When you better par by six shots, no matter what your handicap is, one deserves headlines and so be it following the running of the Kempsey Veterans Golf Club Monthly Medal race on Tuesday last.

‘Twas Melbourne Cup Day, but that was of little concern for Doug Magennis, his main aim being to qualify for a start in the prestigious Gold Medal event of events (so to speak) come December.

His 6-under 50 nett certainly assured him a place in the field, however Doug will sort of have to carry extra weight when the handicapper takes action.

It's no secret that Doug - and his better-half, Robyn, too - forewent a camping and fishing holiday down at Kindee to play the 14-hole stroke on a course that had been battered by that big storm.

Anyway, Doug, in a close finish similar to that of the Cup, had just a lone stroke to spare over another long-priced outsider Leo Hauville. Correct weight was semaphored and no protest was entered into.

Graham Schasser, a left-handed A-grader who hones his golfing skills down at Hat Head's Sandy Beach links, did best in a photo-finish with David Tolman to claim victory.

Both credible golfers shot 4-under 52 nett rounds and the countback rules soon sorted matters out. "Schasser by a nose," declared the stewards!

Naturally, Leo and David won new Srixons, as did Peter Hatton, Chris Gorman and John Terlich on 53 nett and Graheme Martin and Wayne Hutley a stroke back.

Nearest the pin at the third hole went to Bob Mavin (A) and Greg Mayhew (B), whilst at the eighth hole it was Martin and Jack Tolman best in grade and here lies a good story.

You see, Jack sunk his so-called lengthy putt for a birdie two, but for Wayne Hutley, in the same group, he was on in one and finished with a double bogey five.

Good to see John Inder back after a lengthy absence due to ill health and 'twas pleasing that our assistant chef still sports a wide smile and there's still a spring in his step. Hard to keep a good man down it is!

Thanks must go to Chris Hudson - he's our secretary - for foregoing his game of golf to conduct the Cup sweeps and Chris sort of made short work of what did appear to be a really difficult task.

Today's event is a 14-hole Mystery 2-Ball Stableford.

Everyone welcome, give the club a call on 65626291 and talk to our starter Brody (Clarke). Tee-off is 9.30am.