It was a plan thought about and planned out by one Jim Meldrum that led to him and his playing partner, Ced Rudd, to score a scintillating win in last week's Kempsey Veterans Golf Club 2-person Ambrose event.
Knowing that he was anything but a sweet swinger (so to speak) on a maximum handicap, unlike his partner being just seven above scratch, Jim spoke up: "Ced, you do the driving and leave the putting worries to me."
And so it worked, so well that after the final putt sunk and the tallying done a round of 2-over 58 had eventuated. With their combined and divided by four handicap of 11.75 it was a nett 46.25 signed off for.
Back in the clubhouse up high on the result whiteboard there were two teams (yes, teams) being hailed winners with a countback to separate the John Inder-Graheme Martin and Terry Hyland-Robert Johnston combines in the offing.
Yes, it's never over until....so final victory was snapped by Jim and Ced and by just the barest of .50 or half a shot. A photo-finish, eh!
I'll put it this way...I wasn't ashamed of my putting today," said Jim well after receiving that $20 Victory Voucher.
Joining the runners-up as new ball winners were the Barry Cantrell-Peter Hatton and Bob Garner- Bruce Morris teams on 47.00, while the fancied Phil Pinney-Alan Macdonald side was there .25 back.
Nearest the pins at the third hole went to Johnston (A), Milton Riggs (B) and Pinney (C), whilst at the 11th it was Terry Smith (A), Barry Pearson (B) and Greg Mayhew (C) best of the 40-strong field.
Chip-ins were produced by Paul McNamara, Peter Campling and Inder.
President Alan (Macdonald) offered Dennis O'Brien another happy birthday and told all about a DIY building accident that resulted in a displaced shoulder. Hence no golf for quite a while.
Captain Robert (Dykes) welcomed Mark Townsend back and playing after a very lengthy absence due also to a shoulder remake. Of course Robert did congratulate Jim and Ced and suggested that the day's scores were good.
Better than good, they were b----y good, eh!
Today's 14-hole stroke features the prestigious Gold Medal Day, which is again sponsored by the Kempsey Heights Bowling Club. The contenders, per captain's orders:
A-grade: A. Heather, G. Martin, I. Rudd, C. Hudson, K. Hopping, P. Hatton, T. Smith, M. Gleeson, P. McNamara, G. Dyet.
B-grade: R. Ingall, W. Hutley, P. Campling, W. Simmons, J. Inder, G. Hall, R. Dykes, M. Riggs, B. Pearson.
C-grade: P. Pinney, L. Hauville, G. Mayhew, S. Cameron, R. Maher, D. Magennis, G. Irving, S. Aston, j. Tolman.
Good luck to one and all, eh!
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