Maclean Vet Graham Roberts is an inspiration to all

There was another excellent field for the first round of the Vets championships with 54 golfers hitting off.

The leader after the first round is Ross Allomes. Ross hit some form at the right time to come in with 40 points to also win the monthly medal. This entitled him to the $40 voucher and the engraved pen that is much sought after by all the Vets. Runner up was Geoff Grayson with 38 with Di Moore in 3rd place also with 38. The 2nd round of the championships will be played on Monday August 16.

Club balls were won by Bill Rorke, Richard Parker and Mark Hemmy all with 37 points, Wayne Hinchcliffe, Steve McKenzie and Graham Roberts with 36 points, Greg Doolan and Jeannie Doolan with 35 and finally John Porter, Denis Runge and Marlene Roberts with 34 points.

Nearest the pins were won by Di Moore and Francis Barr on the 2nd, Pat Harris and Mark Hemmy on the 7th, Leigh Barrington on the 11th and Geoff Grayson on the 17th.

I need to make special mention of Graham Robert’s 36 points. This  was a pretty phenomenal achievement considering he is playing with two prosthetic legs. Some years ago Graham was diagnosed with a severe vascular problem that resulted in him losing one leg in December 2019. He managed to get back on to the golf course but eight months later he had to have his 2nd leg amputated. That was in August 2020. A positive frame of mind, sheer determination and lots of encouragement from his wife Marlene and friends now sees Graham back on the course, enjoying the game he loves and proving to be an absolute inspiration to everyone. Congratulations Graham. It’s great to see you back and even winning golf balls.

Bob Harvey

Graham Roberts hitting his approach shot to the 9th green. Image: Contributed.