"Proof is in the pudding" they say - yes, Graeme Dyet carried that jingle out to its fullest when top-scoring in last week's Kempsey Veterans Golf Club stableford event that completed the November program.
In a good field 40-strong, the single-figure (7) player who is always there and about (so to speak) where and whenever, put together a round worthy of 31 points.
And good people reading this column, this three-above par figure in total is extra good for any a good golfer who always has to be right on the ball to register sizeable scores.
How's this for proof: In trouble to the right on hole 13 (Boofties) his second shot out went into the trees on left and and then a third shot smacked into a big Blackbutt's trunk to be further way for three; a great recovery to be on the green 100-odd metres away for four and he sunk the putt for a five-for-two.
That feat was during the Group 12 Championships four days prior so, yes, of course you have to be good to win at Kempsey, eh!
In B-grade last Tuesday, John Wright's 30 points was best by just the one point and me thinks that this former speedy outside back in the game of rugby league - locally wise - is soon to go up a grade.
Our handicapper could well be merciful and leave him on 16, but as the so-called devil of man says "it will all be up to the machine." He just keeps on saying so.
Anyhow 'twas the man himself, Peter Mercer, who treks north from Port Macquarie with two other same-grade rivals on a Tuesday, signed off his card for 29 points for a well-deserved win.
One wonders exactly what that machine - a computer one supposes - will spit out when he does his homework (so to speak). One wonders how his travelling mates Stuart and Steve felt on the way back home!
Isn't it said that what so and so is put into computers is what that same so and so comes out?
Whilst the day was almost ideal for a game the scores overall were somewhat surprisingly disappointing with new balls handed out down to those on 1-under 27 points.
Ball competition: 29 Ron Ingall, Ray O'Brien; 28 Hilary Dew, David Griffin, Chris Gorman, Terry Hyland, Dennis O'Brien; 27 MarkTownsend, Peter Thompson, Phil Pinney, John Inder, Barry Pearson.
Nearest the pins at the Alan Macdonald Memorial $100 Hole-in-One third hole were Gorman (A) and Dennnis O'Brien (B) , whilst at the eighth Dew (A) and Peter Campling (B) did feature.
Chip-ins to Graham Schasser, Steve Bates, Steve Trott (2), Jeff Black, Dyet, Dew, Gorman.
Tuesday's event was highlighted somewhat by an eagle at the par-5 ninth hole by Dew and he did it using a driver from close up. "Play it like you would a putter and the ball finds its way up and on and in; it's simple," Hilary claims.
Congratulations go to our own Dew and Paul Dykes for their respective gross and nett titles won at the Group 12 Championships round staged here at our course on Friday, November 20.
A field of 70 from the seven Clubs - Kew, Wauchope, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Crescent Head, Frederickton and SWR - contested the annual event.
Tuesday's event features the winners of Monthly Medals in the three grades vying for the prestigious Gold Medals by way of a 14-hole stroke and again the Kempsey Heights Bowling Club has been a generous sponsor.
Members who did not qualify and any interested visitors to the district are invited to take part and a 9am tee-off is set.
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