Stunning is a word that best describes the performance by Jim Meldrum and Leo Hauville to be outright winners of the Kempsey Veterans Golf Club 2BBB Stableford event played on Tuesday last.
Their astonishing effort in compiling no fewer than 40 points to outscore 33 other rival members becomes even more awesome as both good blokes hold the honour (so to speak) as the Club’s highestmarkers.
In fact their respective high-in-the-30’s individual handicaps does indicate they do not make many visits to the winner’s dais. But they are triers to the limit.
With 40 points to their names in the game where the best score is carded at each of the 14 holes contested, it would be reckoned either Jim or Leo would figure as a B-grade winner.
But neither made it a double on the day, in fact Leo did score 31 points and will drop a stroke, whilseJim was accredited with five less and maybe get a stroke back (so to speak).
Seven days prior Jim was awarded his grade’s Monthly Medal so it has been back to back successes for him. Last week it was $20 the week prior just a much valued token.
And of course his medal win has him amongst those previous qualifiers going for that prestigious Gold Medal in a few weeks time. You have to be in it to win it, eh!
Now, Bob Kingdon, in again from that beaut seaside village of Crescent Head, topped the A-grade listing with a bold 36-point round.
In B-grade it was none other than Dick Smith on top with 33 points, a fine effort when one considers he did lose two balls along the way.
It is hard to fathom that Kingdon’s partner, Milton Riggs, accounted for 28 points of their eventual 39 points all up. Must plan your attack a little better one suggests.
Also just the lone point from being the best was the Aldavilla connection of Michael Brady and Max Gleeson.
Nearest the pin at the third hole once again was taken by David Tolman, but this time he was an A-grade contstant, while the lesserlight Allen Doyle was right on target, too.
Great work by Riggs (he’s 90 you know) to claim the honour on a solo basis at the tougher eighth hole. Milton just continues to amaze!
Chip-ins were recorded by Alan Macdonald, Des O’Brien, Kingdon and Smith.
President Alan (Macdonald) told a short story of the new Srixon balls prior to presentation and informed fellow members that the Annual General Meeting was just three weeks away.
The boss urged anyone to nominate for the various official positions and also gave notice that the annual Christmas Dinner Party is scheduled for Tuesday, 13th December.
It is no secret that maybe, just maybe, a ukulele solo performance will be enjoyed during this function. What tune will it be is the secret.
Although still sidelined by his doctor’s orders, our Captain Robert (Dykes) had plenty to say and he notified all of today’s Hermiston-Fleming Memorial Shield Single Stableford.
It is only the second staging of this special event that lets us remember Charlie and Paul, two good blokes who left us in December of 2014.
Michael Brady’s name is adorned on the trophy.
An improvedfield of 35 contested last week’s competition andhopefully it is increased at the 9.30am tee-off today as the recent drop off has been worrying.
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