George Tompkins, winner of the A Grade Monthly Medal, shows his putting style at the Gympie Pines Golf Course.
George Tompkins, winner of the A Grade Monthly Medal, shows his putting style at the Gympie Pines Golf Course. Contributed

Tompkins chips in top effort

SHOOTING a golf score which matches or is better than your age is a feat few golfers get to achieve.

However Gympie veteran George Tompkins has done it twice and almost pulled off a third time when he won the Gympie veteran’s A Grade monthly medal last Wednesday.

George who is a ‘young’ 80 years of age carded 81 off the stick and a nett 66 to take home the trophy donated by Neals Family Meats.

“I’ve been playing a lot better lately and I put it down to a new set of clubs,” George said.

“I’ll be 81 next March and when I card a score which equals or is better than my age, it gives me a great deal of satisfaction and really keeps me going.”

Bill Swan also played some excellent golf to win the B Grade monthly medal after scoring a nett 63 which was one stroke ahead of runner up Ray Dunkley.

Viv Mitchell showed a good return to form carding a nett 69 to take out the A Grade runner up on a count back from the unlucky Bob Abbott.

Ball rundown to 71: Perry Pike, Tom Siddins, Gerry Entwistle, Ross Plowman, Bob Abbott, Graeme Major, Nev Haack, Doug Cunningham, John Kenny, Chris Taylor, Joe Simaile, Rod Emmerson, Ian Morgan, Ray Lindsey, Allan McTaggart, Fred Pooley, Don Cappetti.

On Tuesday, the Gympie Vets were in fine form when they defeated the visiting Maryborough vets to recapture the coveted Inter-City Challenge Shield.

The local team scored 383 points which was 18 points more than the visitors.

Gympie Vets President Bryan Stallard said he was delighted with the win given that Maryborough had defeated the Gympie Vets so convincingly when they last met.

Meantime members who put their names down to play and fail to turn up on the day are continuing to cause some frustration for the Gympie Vets Committee.

Club captain Brian Taylor said it creates quite a few logistical problems when players who have nominated to play, don’t show.

“If the practice continues, then we may have to fall into line with punitive policies adopted in other clubs where members have to pay when they don’t turn up”.

Next Wednesday Gympie Vets will play a single stableford event and on Monday September 13th they will travel to the Mt Coolum host day for an 8.30am shotgun start.

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