Birthday boy wins on the day

On the day you have to be pretty good to be a winner, but rather different stories can be told about how Graheme Martin and Leo Hauville won the Kempsey Veterans Golf Club's feature stroke event on Tuesday last.

Being the Club Champion it was of no surprise that Graheme was very near his best and to win the coveted Monthly Medal he produced a 1-over par 57 that reduced to a 52 nett after handicap.

And he did it on his birthday, too. "How old," he was asked. "I was born in 1959," he replied.

However for Leo, who has the "honour" of being at the other end of the chain in B-grade with a handicap for 14 holes that seems to have no end (so to speak), we take another view.

Yes, there is room for everyone and anyone in the game of golf and it is a sport in which one can actually play against oneself. That's what handicapping is all about.

Anyway, at the end of the day Leo had had a sizeable score that reduced plenty to have him atop the entire field of 38 on a 5-under 51 nett. It does not matter as to what his gross round was.

It was rumoured that his drive on a long par-5 hole went up high, the ball hitting a tree and rebounding back down to finish up on the tee some few feet away. "Leo simply took it in his stride," 'tis said.

So when the presentation happenings came it was a prized medallion for Graheme and Leo and how proud were they. And at the very same time our two January medallists, Allan Heather and Phil Pinney, appeared on the dais, too.

Delivery of the medals had been late and that is no fault whatsoever of our sponsors for many a month, the Kempsey Heights Bowling Club. Oh yes, we thank them greatly.

Tony Sciberras led the ball competition with a 53 nett, a lone stroke ahead of Ian Rudd, Hillary Dew and Michael Hinchcliffe, with Bob Garner and Peter Hatton (55) next best. On par 56 were John Terlich and MarkTownsend.

Hatton, with just 19 putts and Jim Meldrum with 23 won the respective A and B-grade putting competition.

Nearest the pins at the third hole were claimed by Terry Smith and Ron Ingall, whilst it was Allan Heather closest at the eighth hole.

Chip-ins were performed by Terry Hyland (2), Neil Dodds and Sciberras.

With President Alan (Macdonald) absent fellow executive Robert Johnston controlled the presentation and he did welcome new member, Ian Rudd, to the fold.

Captain Robert (Dykes) tidied up proceedings and advised all that today's event was to be a 14-hole 4BBB Stableford and Individual event(s).

He also stressed the point that the big Canada Day 2018 promoted by our honorary member from Vernon in British Columbia, one Kim Creed, is to be staged on February 20.

And that is next Tuesday my friends.

As always a warm welcome is extended to any visitors to our Nature's Wonderland to part of today's competition and an early phone call to the Club on 65626291 will be beneficial.