Date: April 04, 2018
Author: Noel Rowsell, NSWVGA

Ricky reigns supreme in Vets

Camden Lakeside's Ricky Allison is the toast of the town after taking out the 2018 NSW Veteran Golfers Association (NSWVGA) Strokeplay Championship last week.

Allison upstaged the pre-tournament favourites, perennial winner Col Kenning of Kiama, and 2018 Champion Laurie Cupples, with rounds of rounds of 76, 71 and 80 to finish with a total score of 227.

On a thrilling final day, Allison claimed the title by just two shots ahead of a fast-closing Cupples (second on a countback) with Kenning in third.


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Cupples looked to be out of contention after the first two days, trailing Allison by a staggering nine shots and Kenning by six.

A stunning final round of one-over par 73 however, allowed Cupples to surge back into contention, leap-frogging several players to claim second place, and pipping Kenning on a count-back.

Kenning, although upstaged by Cupples in the race for the major prize, was still richly rewarded with the Runner-Up trophy in the Nett division, just a shot behind winner Robert Lewis from Windsor.

The Age Champions trophies were won by Geoff Cranfield (Long Reef) in Division One, Drew Simonsen (Castle Hill) in Division Two and Gary Poland (Fox Hills) in Division Three.

The Western Sydney VGA hosted the 2018 Championships with rounds played at Richmond GC, Dunheved GC and Stonecutters Ridge GC.

144 golfers entered the three-day tournament, with Sam Smaile (Royal St George GC, England) and Russ Vatcher (Stoneridge GC, Idaho, USA) taking the honours as the most travelled competitors in the event.

Sponsorship from The Richmond Club, Frasers Property, Guardian Funerals, NSWVGA and Warren Saunders Insurance Brokers allowed the organisers to not only keep the entry fees down but also award a total of thirty-one individual prizes in addition to Nearest the Pin prizes each day.