What a perfect day it was on Tuesday and the scores emphasised that when all but a loner in the field of 39 figured in the prizewinning list of the Kempsey Veterans Golf Club's October Monthly Medal Stroke competition.
'Tis difficult to whom the gloss shone brightest (so to speak), however the 5-under par 51 round that featured a nearest-the-pin double by C-grader John Inder turned the tide his way.
And the Club's assistant chef was also a winner in the day's raffle and he copped plenty from his fellow clubmates. "Pappie" has reason to remember the first Tuesday of the week and month of October, too and he will cap off a big year 2021 if there's a repeat on Gold Medal Day.
Having already been a Medal winner to book a place in the big day come the first Tuesday of December, the backtrack of the previous nine qualifiers stopped for Barry Pearson to gain qualification with his 3-over 59 nett.
Reckoned as the "Sweetest Swinger" of the 70-odd and varied members playing the 14-hole events always on a Tuesday, Terry Smith did give the A-grade field a bit of a shake (so to speak).
Terry's 5-under 51 nett that cemented his top grade spot will most probably add a little bit of keenness to his outlook in chasing success. The stewards did find that a Smith had already been a medallist; 'twas Terry of course!
Hard-working Club secretary, one Chris Hudson, suddenly finds himself in the Go for Gold field and he would be a little surprised, like Pearson, to gain reward from his day's performance. A 1-under 55 nett and not even figuring in the sextet of ball competition winners..?
Now, our Captain Robert (Dykes), won the B-grade medal fair and square (so to speak) and his 52 nett that featured only 22 putts was a good sign of better things to come.
Has been a little on a downer for a while now and it's good to see him climbing back.
The sextet of new ball winners was made up of Russell Graham (52), Peter Garty and Greg Mayhew (53), Graham Schasser, Dan Cater and Bob Garner (54).
Joining Dykes in the putting rider were Schasser (A) 22 and Dennis O'Brien (C) 23.
Nearest the pin at the Alan Macdonald Memorial $100 Third Hole-in-One were Graeme Dyet (A), Hilton Barnett (B) and Inder(C), whilst Graheme Martin (A), Garner (B) and Inder again best at the eighth hole.
Chip-ins were performed by Ray O'Brien (twice), Dennis O'Brien (no relation) and Dan Cater and the one at the 17th hole by Ray was actually an eagle two. A driver and then a 7-iron from near 70 metres out found the hole.
"Didn't you hear me singing out when it happened," said Ray, who left for home early to attend to his racing and/or chasing greyhounds.
Next Tuesday's event is a 14-hole stableford highlighted by the Charlie Hermiston-Paul Fleming Memorial Day. Tee-off is 9am.
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