With a few more steps taken towards what the game is all about there was quite a sizeable field ready to celebrate the occasion which the Kempsey Veterans Golf Club offered them on Tuesday.
There were many - most of the 43 members really - ready an willing to arrange a partner and be ready for a 14-hole 2BBB Stableford and it was obvious that the change to an individual point scoring event was appreciated.
For scores were good and you had to be that little bit better to feature as the grade winner or even being able to feature somewhat in the ball competition that has all but the A, B and C-grade winners in contention.
The best score of the day came about by John Inder and this leading lessserlight with 35 points to his name certainly made "Pappy" a happy chappie (so to speak).
The gusty breeze that blew from all points of the compass was of little cause for concern.
It has to be said that Ray O'Brien was the unlucky one once again by the fact that he tasted defeat despite his better than average 34-point performance.
A victory is well on the way my friend, just keep on trying!
With 34 points in his bag of tricks, Trevor Bailey, a left cacky-hander with immense power on the ball, was three points clear of his closest A-grade rival, namely Graeme Dyet and/or John Daley.
'Twas good to see Bruce Pettit, one of our new members and who hails from down Young way, make it into the winner's circle.
Oh yes, Bruce was more than happy to achieve his break-through, albeit by just the lone point.
Joining Dyet, Daley and O'Brien in the list of new ball winners were Phil Pinney (32), Hilton Barnett (31), Mark Townsend and Ron Ingall (30) and Brian Stringer (29).
A shot to within 45cm of the flagstick and in a straight line, too, won Townsend the B-grade nearest the pin at the Alan Macdonald Memorial $100 Third Hole-in-One.
No cash, but six brand new Srixons and four points for his birdie did soften the blow somewhat.
Allan Heather brightened his return to the fold winning A-grade and Inder boosted his boast being best in grade.
At the 11th hole Graheme Martin and Graeme Irving were the respective A and C-grade winners.
Chip-ins were performed by Milton Riggs and Pettit.
Unless something unforseen happens the 2BBB Stableford & Individual Stableford that was to have been staged this week has been set down for this coming Tuesday.
All visitors will be made welcome and 'tis just a matter of courtesy to give the Club a call on 65626291 to book a start and/or cart.
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