Captain Robert Dykes survived a three-way countback to get the money in Tuesday's Kempsey Veterans Golf Club's stableford competition.
His 32-point round was checked from the last six holes against that of both Robert Johnston and Allan Heather before the officials were game enough to make their declaration.
Robert is back in the top echeleon after going through a loss of form and this win will cement him his place to rub shoulders with those of similar calibre.
One of the openers to tee off the name R. Dykes was up high on the whiteboard listings rival brigade.
The win for Michael Hinchcliffe in B-grade ended a very long run of outs for this avid golfer and he openly stated that he cold not remember his last taste of victory.
It was a round of 29 points that brought "Hinchy" into the winner's circle and actually he was not really challenged as scores were a big bit on the scale of disappointing. There was a 14-pointer on the results board.
Ironically, one supposes, that Peter Campling, who treats Michael to a seat alongside in his golf cart each week, topscored in C-grade with 31 points.
Both players only recently returned from different arm injuries that required operations and they naturally are happy-chappies with their double.
Joining Johnston and Heather in the list of ball-winners were Phil Pinney (31), with Graham Schasser, Trevor Bailey, Kevin Hopping, Bill Paterson, Jack Tolman and Jim Merldrum all on 30 points.
Nearest the pin at the third hole were Heather (A), Graham Hall (B) and Rod Maher (C), whilst Steve Bates (A) and Barry Pearson (C) did best at the regarded-as-harder par-3 11th hole.
Chip-ins were achieved by Stuart Aston, Peter Mercer, Bailey and Paterson.
Standing in for President Alan (Macdonald) whilst he's enjoying a holiday overseas, Johnno did have plenty to say - mostly good with a joke thrown in - well before welcoming our handicapper, Peter Mercer, back to the action.
Meanwhile, deepest sympathy is extended to our Club secretary, Chris Hudson, following the passing of his father, Allan, last week.
Next Tuesday's event is a 14-hole 2-BBB Stableford and visitors are invited to take part.
Tee-off is 9.30am.