Ian Rudd is the Kempsey Veterans Golf Club's champion once again, but he did have to survive a belated challenge to claim back-to-back honours.
The expected dominance by the talented player who produced record-breaking scores 12 months ago when coming to the Club, sort of sneaked home in last Tuesday's final round of the 42-hole championship.
'Twas Hilary Dew who threw out the challenge with a blistering final round of 2-under 54 to get within two strokes of the odds-on favourite Rudd.
Dew had recorded two 5-over 61 scores to Rudd's 60 and 57 and being an early starter was in the clubhouse long before Rudd came to the fore (so to speak).
Excitement certainly did previal before the officials did their sums and whilst the end result was clear-cut, but just two strokes, Dew gained some solace when named the 2019 Nett Champion.
A 7-handicapper, Dew's 176 off-the-stick reduced to a 13-under 155 nett-wise and 10 to the good of Rudd who did claim both championships last year.
In B-grade the firm favourite, Ron Ingall, led from barrier to box (so to speak) to claim his grade's title double with 218-167 scores.
From the Beranghi hamlet (ie village), this golfer of golfers did thoroughly deserve his triumph and proved oh so correct that old practice makes perfect theory.
Noted veteran Barry Pearson did stick to his guns (so to speak) to be crowned the C-grade champion and his ability to overcome the holding conditions in the last two rounds did thoroughly deserve recognition.
"When the going gets tough only the tough get going" - or something like that - would best describe this 82-y-o veteran's performance. Got the C-grade double with a 233-170 result did Barry!
That's enough for the Championships, but one could go on forever, really, so the names I. Rudd, H. Dew, R. Ingall and B.Pearson will soon appear upon the Club's notice board.
Looking at the results of Tuesday's 14-hole stroke it is no secret whatsoever that the course was one for the big (really big) hitters, namely Hilary Dew and Mal Blanch and one or two others.
Hilary's 54 gross brought a 9-under 47 nett to take out the $20 victory voucher and Mal's 6-under 50 also came from some classy driving etc to earn the B-grade money.
The same cannot be said of the C-grade results as Barry (Pearson) is far from being a big-hitter (ie in golf), although his 58 nett was his grade's best of the day.
Only 33 starters contested last week's event so just a half-dozen new Bridgestones were handed out to Chris Hudson, Graeme Dyet, Max Gleeson, Graham Hall, Steve Bates and Rudd in the ball competition.
Great shot to well within the mythical metre circle by Kevin Hopping at the third hole and this A-grader, who does practice aplenty, was rewarded with a Bridgestone six-pack.
The 11th hole nearest the pin winners were Rudd (A) and Blanch (B).
Certainly good to see our president Alan (Macdonald) back playing once again and he did offer a warm welcome to Trevor Bailey as our newest member. From Sydney to Austral Eden is Trevor.
On behalf of us all Alan..."Please Get Well!"
Captain Robert (Dykes) presented his address with the usual aplomb and his announcement of today's event being a stableford was noticeably well received.
Visitors, as always, are invited to be part of our regular Tuesday happenings and a phone call to our starter, Brody (Clarke), on 65626291 would be beneficial.