"I played pretty well today," were the simple and to-the-point words reigning Kempsey Veterans Golf Club champion Ian Rudd used following his outstanding round last Tuesday.
Back into action after a somewhat short let-up, Ian's card signified a 1-under par 55 off the stick to claim the A-grade June Monthly Medal. His nett was 53!
Only recently, Ian retained the coveted title he let slip away due to COVID-19 restrictions last year, and there's no doubt he will be out to prove his worth.
The Gold Medal to go with his Championship tag could well be his main aim when that big day comes the first Tuesday of December.
What a sensational round by Steve Trott who won the B-grade with his 7-under 49 nett that was easily the best of the day.
"I don't know what happened; actually, it all just came together," said an elated Steve later on.
Being a noted official of the Group 12 NSW Veterans Golf Association with a sound knowledge of the game, Steve will certainly appreciate his promotion to the top grade.
Most probably, two strokes in the handicapper's mind and 15 is the so-called cut, and there you are. Welcome to the big time my friend.
Paul Dykes regained quite a bit of his best and promising play of late to win C-grade, albeit on a countback, with his 52 nett Posessed of a copybook approach on the tee, this former jockey in the Sport of Kings could be saddling up into B-grade next start.
With a similar good score of 4-under par, Doug Magennis must have felt a little out of sorts as he, too, has 'battled the elements' trying to get his best game back in order.
Talking of countbacks, Kevin Hopping suffered in A-grade, but he had already cemented a place in the Gold Medal Day field back in the month of February. No wonder he wasn't tearing his hair out.
Just a new ball for Kevin, and he was joined by Graham Hall 51, Magennis 52, John Wright, Ray Moodie, Wayne Simmons and Terry Smith, all 54 nett in the ball competition.
Peter Hatton featured the putting rider with just 19 strokes to be best in A-grade, whilst Dennis O'Brien (21) and John Inder (24) were the respective B and C-grade winners.
Nearest the pin at the Alan Macdonald Memorial Third $100 Hole-in-One were Graeme Dyet (A), Peter Thompson (B) and Megennis (C), whilst Robert Dykes (B) was solo at the eighth hole.
Bad luck for Graeme, he was to celebrate his 61st birthday the next day, and the booty would undoubtedly have been welcomed...eh mate!
One point apiece in the annual B&F award to Phil Pinney, Allan Heather and Thompson for their chip-ins.
Today, we are on the back nine and the usual other five for a 14-hole Stableford, and if the fine weather holds, a field topping the 39 of last week is expected.
Naturally, any 55 and over veteran golfers visiting our Nature's Wonderland are invited to be part of today's competition, and a phone call to the Kempsey Golf Club on 6562-6291 to book a start and/or cart will be beneficial.
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