Big Dan fights his way back

A mighty performance by Dan Cater was the real standout to emerge from last week's Kempsey Veterans Golf Club's always-on-a-Tuesday competition.

Big Dan, who has just returned from a hip-op surgery, was having immense trouble(s) from the very start and was certainly heading to what would likely be an embarrassing score.

When growing up many years ago, assuredly he was taught to take notice of, yes, older people and 'twas this that saved the day (so to speak) . "Stay down and hit through the ball," said one of his playing mates, namely Barry with a P.

Suddenly, everything came into being, no topping the ball, just good shots of old did return and the points flowed. Big Dan - he's from Crescent Head - was back, oh yes!

From virtually nothing to a much better than par 34 points, a score that was best of the entire 41-strong field, let alone his 17 B-grade rivals.

Both respective A and C-grade winners, Terry Smith and Ron Ingall, finished the 14-hole stableford round on 31 points, Terry surviviving a 3-way countback to gain his $20 victory voucher.

Ron - he's from Beranghi, yes - got the cash (not really) by a lone point and continues his run for the Club's Best and Fairest award come December's Presentation Day.

Being involved in the countback, Graham Schasser and Graeme Dyet led the list of ball winners, whilst Phil Pinney and Allan Heather were together on the 30 mark.

New balls were also handed out to Rod Maher, Bob Garner, Peter Hatton and Greg Mayhew on 29, along with Robert Dykes and Chris Hudson on 28.

Nearest the pin at the third hole, grade wise, went to Ian Rudd (A), David Tolman (B) and Mayhew (C) and at the eighth hole B-grader Michael Hinchcliffe went solo for the new Srixon prize.

Chip-ins were aplenty - nine in all - and achieving the feat were Paul McNamara, Doug Magennis, Bill Paterson, Bruce Morris, Les Booth, Heather, Hinchcliffe, Rudd and Mayhew.

President Alan (Macdonald) was very informative in his address and there were certainly many mirthful moments during his prolonged commentary. And us members liked it all, eh!

Our secretary, Chris (Hiudsoni, did give a report on the team effort at the most recent Bill Medley Memorial Shield round down at Kew and it was not all good.

What Chris said was that "...we are currently - after three rounds - in second-last place on 649 points against leaders Port Macquarie's 727. But there's still time."

Captain Robert (Dykes) used different superlatives when announcing the day's results and advised all later on that the Bill Quinn Memorial Day was set down for May 22.

Now fellows that is next Tuesday and the event is a 14-hole Individual Stableford.

Robert also advised that the visit by the Mid North Coast Veterans will be the last Tuesday of the month and the event is an 18-hole Stableford with a shotgun start.

Today's 2BBB 14-hole Stableford, along with both special events mentioned, are open to all visiting veteran golfers and a call to the Club on 65626291 to nominate is advised.

Tee-off remains at 9.30am.