A warm autumn morning greeted the 20 Old Boys who contested the 62ND Annual Tamworth Golf and Bowls Day at the Tamworth Golf Club on Friday 13 May 2016.

The fairways were green following recent rain and the course a picture.  Putting was difficult at times, many finding the ball rolling past the pin too quickly, making it hard to score an eagle or an albatrosses.

The winner of the 18 hole competition was Richard Cudmore (82) from neigbouring Quirindi, a father of an Old Boy and a parent of two boys currently at the School. Richard won the coveted Neville Emery (41) Shield and the famous Red Jacket, etching his name alongside such men as Hon David Brownhill (53) and Angus McDouall (81) who have won both these awards in the past few years. 

In recent years Ian Macdermott (60) and Rob Shannon (68) have called the nine hole competition their own.  This year they were hotly challenged by Ted Holstbaum (63) and Rod Murchison (58). After 5 holes the championship was there for the taking.  Shortly after Ted and Rod fell short, leaving Ian and Rob to fight for the championship once again.  It went down to the wire with both signing in with the same score. The sole judge of the competition Tamworth Secretary Ted Fenwicke (88) declared Rob the winner on a count back.

The District Shield was won by Quirindi.

Bowls was won by Alan Jackson (44) from Armidale. Anthony Hardwick (45) also from the New England City was runner-up.

Some 35 attended the Dinner at the Golf Club.  Prior to the speeches a minutes silence was held for the late Dick Wilson (46) who had been Treasurer for as long as anyone could remember until his passing in August last year. It was a fitting tribute to a man who had given great service to the Old Boys in the district for so many years. 

The Headmaster Dr Tim Wright who had a wonderful afternoon playing as he said some of his best golf in years spoke on number topics including Boarding, scholastic and sporting results as well as the proposed re-development of the current Swimming Pool and Gymnasium.

Tom Keene (64) who grew up on a property in the North West town of Bellata spoke of his days as the CEO of Grain Corp and of his role as a current Board member on the Australian Agricultural Co and its role in advancing the lot of the beef industry in Australia.

As Ted Fenwicke said in closing, there was not one person in attendance who did not enjoy Tom’s speech.

Rick Clive (68) (OBU) Community Relations Manager also spoke on recent OBU activities and of a number of old boys who had been in the public eye of late.

The Annual General meeting of the Tamworth District Old Boys concluded the evening.  Outgoing President Richard Duddy (82) nursing a broken tibia from a run-in with a heifer recently was a late scratching leaving Ted Fenwicke to run the night and to read out his President’s report.  

During the course of the meeting John Hallman (65) was elected as the incoming President.  Ted Fenwicke (88) advised that he was happy to continue as Secretary for a further year but would find a replacement in time for next year while Ian Macdermott (60) was elected as the Treasurer.

It’s on again next year, the second Friday in May, so please mark it in your diaries.

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Rick Clive (68), OBU Community Relations Manager