'Dollar' Smith finds top form
GYMPIE Veteran Col “Dollar” Smith was in form last week when he won the Mt Coolum host day and followed up the next day by winning the veterans A Grade single stableford event.
The visiting Mt Coolum golfers didn’t stand a chance against Smith, who carded 45 stableford points to narrowly defeat another local A grader Greg Gallagher on 44 points.
On Wednesday, Smith maintained his excellent form to win the A Grade single stableford event, scoring 43 points to take home the trophy donated by Doug Sutton and Tommy Berglin.
Playing partner Barry Allen said Smith’s putting was outstanding on both days.
On Tuesday, he took just 28 putts to complete his round but his form the next day was even better when he needed just 24 putts.
“Local knowledge is a huge advantage when the greens are playing fast and, although my game from tee to green was solid, it was my putting that really accounted for my good scoring,” Smith said.
Keith Johnson was Wednesday’s A Grade runner-up with 39 points, while Graham Major played well under his handicap to win B Grade with 43 points, two points clear of runner up Lester Pettit.
Dave Thomas carded 42 points to take out C Division just one point ahead of the unlucky Mike Cobb.
Wednesday’s ball rundown to 36 points: Rod Emmerson, Derek Appleford, Larry Parshall, Noel Turvey, Don Cappetti, Merv Brand, Joe Simaile, John Parkinson, Tom Siddons.
Hole 16 accuracy shot: Rod Emmerson, Larry Parshall, Ken Dickfos, Noel, Turvey, Ross Plowman, Bill Swan, Brian Carroll.
This Wednesday’s competition will feature a two-person ambrose while Gympie Vets will host Maryborough on Tuesday, August 31.
Gympie Vets captain Brian Taylor is urging all members to support the club’s three-day carnival next month.
The program will feature a 4BBB stableford on Monday, September 20, and a men’s and ladies 18 stableford on the Tuesday and Wednesday.
Taylor said it was vital local members also showed their support even if they did not play on all days.
Nomination fees are $12 for the Monday and $14 dollars for both Tuesday and Wednesday with a $20 dollar buffet dinner on Tuesday.