Veteran golfers tee up for big week

THERE'S a saying in golf: "When you start driving the ball down the middle, you meet a different class of people".

I'm sure that's not the case at the Grafton District Golf Club. You see, it's a known fact veteran golfers are renowned for finding the middle of the fairway. And if that's not enough, they have the uncanny knack of producing one chip and a putt to finish out the hole.

Veteran golfers from both sexes will flock to the Grafton Golf Course this week to compete in the annual Big River Week of Golf.

And according to tournament director John Tibbs it's one of the biggest events on the golfing calendar.

"This is the eighth year the tournament has been run and it's always a very successful event," Tibbs told the Examiner.

"We are down on numbers a bit from last year but we are still taking post entries.

"At this stage we have 138 starters with 29 clubs represented from as far away of the Sunshine Coast and Newcastle area."

Tibbs confirmed the popular 72-hole event kicks off at the Yamba course today and tomorrow.

"We have a 72-hole combined event with Yamba. We pick up the 36-hole results from Yamba and they continue here for the next 18," Tibbs said.

"We play at Yamba Monday and Tuesday; have a day off on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday it's back to Grafton.

"The Clocktower Hotel is one of our major sponsors so we will be holding a sponsors' dinner there on Wednesday night."

Tibbs said Veteran golf tournaments are becoming popular right throughout NSW.

"There are 48 weeks of veteran golf organised through NSW and the Big River Week of golf is part of that," he said.

"We have $2000 worth of trophies and the NSW Veterans Golf Association has supplied $400 worth."


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