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With the running of the 53rd Ladies Annual May Tournament, there is not that much to report on relating to the men’s golfing activities for the past week. However, last Tuesday, 104 starters took advantage of excellent golfing conditions, weather wise, with our veteran golfers dominating the members competition as well as performing in the veterans competition held in conjunction. With a score of 41pts, Bill Heath won both competitions following a countback from Ian Smith, Alan Hogan on 40pts claiming the 2nd r/up position. In the nearest the pin component of the days event Dougie Hughes took out the 1st with his shot finishing 168cm from the cup. On the 17th Steve Llewellyn put his tee shot 258cm away. The 6th hole was claimed by Keith Cummins, 301cm’s away. The most difficult par 3, the 10th was taken out by the always reliable Ray Evans who managed to put his tee shot just 254cm’s from the cup. In both competitions, if you recorded a score of 33pts or better a pro-ball was your reward for that effort. There was no Thursday competition and on Saturday the event was a mixed competition which no doubt will be reported on elsewhere being the final competition in the Ladies May Tournament. This coming weekend we revert back to stroke golf with the City Centre Apartments Monthly Mug. Apart from the overall mug winner, there are trophies for all 4 grades. The mug and grade winners all progress to the Gold Mug and Grade Silver Medal play off to be held later in the year. Normal Tuesday and Thursday competitions resume this week and proceed without any interruptions for the foreseeable future. For those players who are normally involved with mixed golf, this coming Sunday a Medley 2BBB Stableford is programmed and on this occasion sponsored by Coles Supermarket. An 11am shotgun start will be employed to get proceedings underway. Nominations can be submitted through the computer terminals. Being a medley event, entries should be a little stronger. The latest rankings in the Veterans Top Gun shoot out are on display in the club house. As at May 25, the leader at that time was Paul Ricketts on 44pts with Robert Usher next best on 43pts. They are followed by 4 players on 42 points with the remaining three qualifiers at this time on 41pts. Still plenty of time remaining to qualify for the shootout itself which is scheduled for Sunday October 2. Ray Hopwood