Players chip in to share success
A PLATE of chips sure tastes good - especially when you have staged an unlikely sporting comeback to earn them.
That was the reward for Bart Vanarey and Alex Milenko during a highly enjoyable second day of action at Byron Bay Golf Club's Links Apartments Summer Cup.
The pair recovered from three shots down over the last three holes of their personal duel with playing partners John Hertzberg and John Lumby to halve the 'match'.
The unlikely comeback meant they didn't have to foot the whole bill for the post-match spoils - a plate of chips in the clubhouse.
"We'll share them now," Vanarey said. "They'll only cost us a dollar.
"We halved the match - and we'll halve the chips."
Vanarey was full of smiles after completing Saturday's competition - and no wonder.
The 61-year-old was a handy junior golfer before putting his clubs away for about 15 years due to work and family commitments.
Although his game was in "terrible" nick at first after returning a few months back, he is starting to hit form again and currently plays off 13.
"I realised I had missed golf more than I thought," he said.
"The thing I always remember is that your worst day at golf is better than your best day being at work.
"You have to keep smiling."
The right-hander said he was enjoying testing his skills against the always-challenging Broken Head Road course.
"It's a tough course," he said. "I have friends in Melbourne who play off four or five and they come up here and struggle to play their handicap.
"The course is looking beautiful at the moment (though). The greens are in sensational condition.
"It's great having a walk around here and a laugh with your mates."
Highlights from the fairway:
- DYLAN Stollery was in top form as he claimed the A grade spoils during Saturday's competition.
- The club trainee pro fired 37 points to take the top division.
- Dominic Ryken captured B grade with his score of 41.
- Rhian Slapp (40) was top dog in C grade.
- Lismore's Michael Dakin claimed the overall 36-hole title with a score of 74 points.
- Richard Fuller (72) was second.