Reigning title-holder, Ian Rudd, showed he is primed to retain his Kempsey Veterans Golf Club championship title with a resounding performance in last week's Monthly Medal Stroke competition.
Off the scene on a Tuesday since the 2019 season got underway, Ian, arguably the Club's youngest veteran member, produced a 2-under par 54 off-the-stick for his 14-hole round.
And with his current lowest three handicap taken into account his 51 nett was the best of the 20+ A-grade contingent, most of whom will be his same opponents when the 42-hole stroke series tees off (so to speak) next month.
But the day's Best of the Best - or is Tops of the Pops a better meaning - award must go to C-grader Grahem Irving who signed off for a 6-under 50 nett round. His 47 rivals certainly could not match it!
Time will tell as to whether his performance was a flash in the pan (so to speak) and of course the handicapper will play a big part in proceedings.
Anyway it's a "Good On Ya Mate " and let's hope your form continues when the pressure is really on come March; and that's only a few weeks away, eh! Gold Medal Day is not until December, remember that.
In B-grade a three-countback was required to decide the outcome and after some lengthy deliberation it was Bob Garner being designated the winner with the best 54 nett.
Wasn't there to receive his coveted medal, but you can bet that the $20 voucher will be much appreciated on receipt this morning. Probably the most dedicated golfer is this cack(y)-hander!
In the putting rider event, Rudd's scanty 18 strokes count was of little surprise, whilst John Inder and Mal Peters were the respective B and C-grade winners with 21 and 23 putts apiece.
Ball competition results: Rod Maher (52); Graheme Martin (53); Dan Cater, Greg Mayhew (54); Ron Ingall, Graeme Dyet, Dennis O'Brien, Michael Brady (55); Robert Dykes, Graham Hall, Michael Hinchcliffe, Robert Johnston (56).
Nearest the pin at the third hole were Peter Hatton (A), Mayhew (B) and Barry Pearson (C), whilst at the 11th hole it was Martin (A) and Milton Riggs (B) winners.
Can reveal that Mayhew's shot to within 4cm of the flagstick brought a six-pack of new Srixons and any amount of agony, too!.
Oh, yes, chip-ins were performed by John Terlich, Barry Brown, Phil Pinney and Dykes.
Still our stand-in emcee, Johnno did again have plenty to say and early on lety it be known that members of old, Michael Brady and Des Bevan, were back with us.
"Tis known that the former's grandpa duties have been lessened, whilst Desmond has ended a 2-year recovery from a serious wrist injury.
Welcomes were given brand new member Bede Mainey (he's a local) and visitor from Belmont John "Raggs" Redman, a good mate of Beranghi Ron (Ingall). Both did enjoy their games, they did!
In his treasurer's presidential address Johnno did also offer happy birthday wishes to Graham Schasser, Graheme Martin, Michael Brady and Ray Campbell.
Captain Robert (Dykes), after staging the day's happenings , advised all that today's event was to be a 2BBB and Individual Stableford.
A round of the Bill Medley Memorial Shield is being played at Crescent Head which will have an effect on numbers, but a strong team, led by captain Terry Hyland, is keen to improve on last year's dismal performance.
"We're better than that, I know it," Terry says.
Visitors are always maded welcome here in town and a phone call on 65626291 to our starter, Brody (Clarke), is adviseable for booking a cart and/or start. Tee-off is 9.30am.