For some reason or another more than half the rather small 26-strong field did revel in the going to record good scores in last Tuesday's Kempsey Veterans Golf Club stableford competition.
In fact the actual winners of the two minor grades, Paul Dykes (C) and Brian Stringer (B), suddenly found their best form to post respective outstanding 39 and 37-point scores.
And of the A-grade contingent, who also apparently made full use of a sometimes gusty wild westerly that blew from north to south all morning, it was John Daley atop his rivals with a welcomed 32-point result.
Paul and Brian finished well clear of their rivals, however John did survive a countback to secure his $20 victory voucher. For the record it was Graeme Dyet being counted out.
Enjoying a pretty good handicap of late and regularly finishing near the top of the field, Paul may have found the good judgement which he did show those years back when he was riding winners in the so-called Sport of Kings.
Have to say it, P. Dykes could put on the jockey silks right now and be semaphored on some of those topweights. But he will tell you that golf is his go these days. Correct weight or not, our handicapping steward - Peter's his name - will give Paul a lift in grade.
For Brian he should be shown some mercy handicap-wise and that drive down the road from Deep Creek of a Tuesday will feel a little bit shorter. No doubt that reversed drive home last week saw this former signwriter trying to remember when he signed off for a similar round.
Maybe 32 points for 14 holes does sound a bit ordinary, but keep in mind that with a handicap vying minus to +15, one has to be right on the ball from tee-off to finish. And Johnny D. finally did that.
Retired now from being a local accountant (Summerville & Daley), one must rekindle memories of this same fellow becoming a tradesman printer earlier on. Yes, he worked for The Macleay Argus in those good old days.
Getting carried away am I, certainly not!
Joining Graeme in the ball competition were Terry Hyland (33) and a quartet of Barry Pearson, Mark Townsend, Peter Thompson and Ray Moodie all on 31 points and surviving countbacks.
Nearest the pin at the Alan Macdonald Memorial $100 Third Hole-in-One were Daley, Thompson (B) and yours truly (C), with JD's shot well inside that mythical metre circle and worthy of half a dozen new Srixons.
'Twas a real rugby league effort one may say!
Oh, nearly forgot to inform readers that Mr Riggs performed a chip-in and Milton, as a 95-y-o, continues to amaze all with his prowess and that my friends is outstanding skill or ability for the game.
Fits the bill does Mr Riggs.
Now, with the Covid-19 lockdown rules still applying, today's play will be the same as last Tuesday, which of course is the last day of winter and hopefully spring arrives with a sunny tomorrow.
Sound advice is to arrive early, check in with the starter and be sent on your way with a lone partner and when finished it is the same ruling, only that it is back home this time. But there's still time for a pie and a soft drink sitting down with a mask on.
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