No matter what, every point does count in a fourball stableford and that was proved to the utmost level in last Tuesday's Kempsey Veterans Golf Club 2BBB competition.
Paired up by the starter early morn (so to speak) were Bob Garner and Jim Meldrum and the southerners wasted nought in their eventual score of 41 points in traversing the 14-hole course.
From Cooperabung and Port Macquarie respectively are Bob and Jim, a team with rather different approaches to the game, the former a big-hitter and the latter more careful a player.
'Twas at the the third hole that their eventual victory was sealed when Jim, who has a handicap twice that of his partner, did dribble one down the slight hill neatly onto the green and a lengthy putt went in.
So what, one may say, but Jim's feat meant that five points were nicely written into the scorecard's square; plenty of two's, three's and some four's followed, too!
Back in the clubhouse the Ron Ingall and Terry Hyland's 40 points blinking brightly on the whiteboard did appear safe, but that old adage of "it's never over until..." did once again raise it's head (so to speak).
Victory by a sole point - no need for a countback this time, eh.
Some solace for Ron, as his 38 points from a round of 66 - his best yet - gained him the $20 victory voucher individually-wise. With Terry and they were the ones on 40..."tis hard to win at Kempsey" so they say!
Others to figure in the ball competition were Todd Watts and Rod Maher (37), Mal Blanch and Kevin Hopping (36), Dan Cater and Wayne Simmons (35) and brothers Jack and David Tolman (35).
Nearest the pin at the third hole saw Ian Rudd (A), David Tolman (B) and Jimmy (C) winners, whilst at the eighth hole 'twas Hopping (A) and Simmons (B) featuring.
Ian's shot was to within the one metre radius of the flagstick and a half-dozen box of new Srixons was a just reward.
Meanwhile, during the presentation happenings on Tuesday members were advised that a sizeable donation had been made towards the local Kempsey Stock & Land Drought Appeal to aid those suffering farmers out west.
Be assured fellows your money will certainly be well distributed from a Tamworth base and that the Kempsey Veterans Golf Club is a lot richer in itself, status wise.
Being the first Tuesday of August today's event is a 14-hole stroke for the Monthly Medal and the usual putting rider is again in vogue.
Visitors are again invited to take part, no matter the seriousness of the competition, but a phone call to the Club on 65626291 and talk to our starter Brody (Clarke) is advisable.