A heavy track did not dampen the enthusiasm of 14 golfers who braved the sludge and the mud to play in the sixth annual Central Western District Old Boys Golf Day at the DuntryLeague Course in Orange on Friday 26 September 2016.
The Orange District had been deluged with close on 30 inches of rain since May, with locals trying hard to remember a wetter period over the past 50 years. Thursday dawned with the likelihood that the course would be closed following drenching rain in the lead up to the event with the event organisers thinking that a day in doors playing Ten-Pin Bowling would be on the cards.
However with a little ‘divine intervention’ from Rev Nick Foord (80) the Chaplain to the Shore Community, the day dawned with bright sunshine enabling play to go ahead.
The winner on the day with his name to be etched on the trophy and embroided on the Burgundy Jacket was Ross Derham (62) with a score of 35. Ross who is a member of the Pymble Golf Club has been attending the day since its inception in 2011, and paired with his son Matt (93) who lives and works in the district. Runner Up was Sam Yeates (69) on 34. Last year’s champion Ed Swift (93) and Hugh Gardiner (98) tied for third.
Following a few healthy refreshments at the conclusion of the day Forty Old Boys were welcomed to dinner by Convener Sam Yeates (69). Those in attendance were eager to mix and talk with our guest speaker James Gribble (96) who sadly a few years ago following a freak accident became a quadriplegic. James, a single figure golfer before his accident, spoke of his love of golf and how determined he was to play again. With pain sweat and tears and with the support of those who loved him he set about rehabilitating himself with constant work-outs in the Gymnasium. Today he is able to play again with the assistance of a special hydraulic cart and his close friend Lachie Foulsham (99), a fully accredited PGA golfer.
Boyed by his opportunity to play again, James established ‘Empower Golf’ with the aim of facilitating and promoting golf for Australians of all abilities. Working closely with the Royal Rehabilitation Hospital in Sydney the establishment of ‘Empower Golf’ has helped in improving the lives of disabled individuals.
Following James’ address, Ian Curlewis (47) gave wonderful and heartfelt response. To conclude a most wonderful evening Rick Clive (68), the Community Relations Manager for the OBU gave his usual address on matters concerning the School and the Old Boys’ Union before closing the evening.
Rick Clive (68) OBU Community Relations Manager