There was no denying the fact that Steve Bates and Dan Cater were the real stand-outs of a 41-strong field contesting last week's Kempsey Veterans Golf Club Monthly Medal Stroke competition.
The respective A and B-grade winners were adamant they were unable to give reason for their sudden lift in form, but both did lay claim to the course being in such fine order.
And there is no denying that, no siree!
Big Dan thought he had got his best swing back and that he found it a lot easier playing the right shot. "I don't no why, it just happened to be," he did claim.
Maybe there are less worries now for this doting Crescent Head grandpa who noticeably is walking taller and a lot straighter (so to speak). A 50 nett will always put a smile on any face!
Injured in a "fall down the stairs" last year and a rather lengthy lay-off following, Steve has gradually neared top form and gives the body language that he is enjoying his time back too.
Oh yes, both Steve and Dan did receive their medals, courtesy of the Kempsey Heights Bowling Club, with the $20 victory voucher to boost their day's takings.
Rounds of five and six-under par are very hard to match, no matter what.
C-grade winner John Glass, a visitor from South West Rocks, produced the best of the rest with his 54 nett and being a non-member he had to be content with the money voucher for his troubles.
'Twas Barry Brown, being next best with his 57 nett, being awarded the medal and automatic entry into the Gold Medal Day Play-off come December.
The day's scores - 56 par or better - signalled the fine state of the course with eight players figuring in the ball competition.
New Bridgestones went to: Graheme Martin, Bruce Morris and Michael Hinchcliffe (53); Hilary Dew, Terry Smith, Ron Ingall, Wayne Simmons (54); John Terlich (56).
Putting: Smith (A) 20; Hinchcliffe (B) 22; Glass (C) 22.
Nearest the Pin: 3rd hole Smith (A), Terlich (B), Grahem Irving (C); 8th hole Dew (A).
Chip-ins: Phil Pinney, Graeme Dyet.
A more than a warm welcome back was tendered our President Alan Macdonald who has been on the wrong side of good health of late. Carried out his duties with all the aplomb of old he certainly did.
The boss let it be known that Macksville's noted identity Ron Trimble was over for a game and how good it was to see Ron catch up with a good few mates of old. Maybe there is a visit to Macksville coming up soon, eh!
Captain Robert (Dykes) gave notice of today's event being a 14-hole single stableford which is to be staged with the back nine dominating. Tee-off remains at 9.30am and visitors will be made welcome.
PN: Just reminding all readers that it is time we do celebrate Easter and Good Friday is just a few days away.