Doug Magennis proves he is on the rise

With two wins in the last three weeks Doug Magennis has proved the point in no uncertain manner that he is a Kempsey Veterans Golf Club player on the rise.

For the top scorer in the big Manly Day stableford that earned him a cool $50, Doug "went missing" in a 2-person Ambrose, but he climbed up to outscore all his 30 rivals last Tuesday.

A 3-under par 53 nett - best of the day - this occasion brought him the coveted C-grade July Monthly Medal and the more prestigious Gold Medal is not out of reach.

That is unless the handicapper becomes somewhat crueller between now and December.

Peter Hatton, who had teamed with our jolliest elder, Milton Riggs, to win the recent Ambrose, was at it again (so to speak), albeit with a little bit of luck bringing him the A-grade medal.

You see, the Doc did actually be second best to Graheme Martin who had had a 3-over 59 off the stick for a 54 nett to lead the 8-strong field. Martin was already a medal winner.

As proud as punch was Peter as he was adorned with his medallion. "I am thrilled to win this and being knighted is next for me," he was heard to say.

In B-grade that boasted 16 starters, Wayne Simmons earned Gold Medal qualifying rights by way of a countback with Dennis O'Brien after both had returned 55 nett scores.

And "Birdseed" was a first-timer to date.

In the usual putting rider event both respective A and C-grade winners Alan Macdonald and Barry Pearson featured with 19 strokes, whilst B-grader Wayne Hutley led with 20.

Nearest the pin at the third hole saw Hatton (A) and John Terlich (B) winners and Hillary Dew (A) was solo at the eighth hole.

Ball winners: 54 Jack Tolman; 55 O'Brien, Peter Mercer; 56 Terlich; 57 Chris Hudson; 59 Terry Smith, Michael Hinchcliffe, Greg Mayhew, David Tolman, Bob Garner.

As mentioned earler, the 14-hole 2-man Ambrose held on June 26 was a Hatton and Mr Riggs afair, the once-a-doctor (of medicine) and his 92-year-old playing partner produced a 7-under 49 nett result.

They did survive a countback with Allan Heather and Bob Garner.

That same day saw President Alan (Macdonald) win the A-grade nearest-the-pin double at holes three and 11. with Michael Hinchcliffe (B) and Graeham Irving (C) winners at the former.

With more than 20 players heading to Nambucca Heads today for a return "friendly" on the island course, a ball competition will whet the appetites of a small band staying home.

Tee-off for a 14-hole stableford event is 9.30am and visitors will certainly be made welcome.