WENTWORTH’S Chris Riley is the early leader following round one of the men’s A grade stroke event at the 2013 City of Orange Veterans Golf Classic.
As competition drew to a close late yesterday, Riley’s scratch round of 73 was strong enough to see him sit on top of the day-one standings ahead of Highlands member Cameron Fraser and Bathurst’s Mark Barnes, both hitting 77 off the stick.
Barnes, though, is leading the handicap event.
The nine-marker is one stroke ahead of Riley while Geoffrey Myers, from Bonville, is third with a net score of 71.
Unlike the men, the women’s stableford event is being dominated by out of towners, with Bellingen’s Jan Kearsley on track to take out the 2013 crown with an impressive 41 points in her first round.
Kogarah’s Gwenda Dwyer is second with 39 points while Dianne Morrison is third with 37.
In the lower grade action, Jim Addison is leading both the B grade scratch and handicap events, with his round of 88 earning a net score of 69 for the Wentworth Falls golfer.
Muree’s Jack Purcell (88 off the stick, 70 net) is second in both categories while Charlie Argent (Kurri Kurri) is third in the scratch with 87 off the stick and Lindsay Bagster (Kiama) rounding out the places with 71 net.
Nick Babik and John Elliot are the top two golfers in C grade in both scratch and handicap events.
In the ladies B grade stableford, Lyn Elliot shone with 36 points, while in C grade Gillian Wood hit 38 points to lead at the end of day one.