After being washed out on what was supposed to be the opening day of the 20th edition of the City of Orange Veterans Golf Classic on Monday, the annual tournament got under way on Tuesday instead.
The ladies kicked off proceedings at Wentworth while the men were at the Country Club, but it was the former competition where players were turning heads.
Players from five different clubs sit in the top three of A, B and C grades heading into Thursday’s second day of play, Wednesday was a rest day despite the first being washed out.
Irene Swyer, from Shoalhaven Heads, leads A grade after firing a strong opening round of 35 points – the competition is played as an individual stableford.
She leads by two points from Nelson Bay’s Kristine Heggie (33) with Wentworth’s Vicki Bray (32) one point further back in third after enjoying a home-course advantage in the first round.
Wakehurst’s Kerry Atkins carded 32 points to enjoy the overnight lead in B grade, with clubmate Britta Lamborn sitting third after hitting 31.
She finished tied with Ryde-Parramatta’s Robin Hassell, who took second spot on a countback.
Everglades’ Dianne Voss (34) leads C grade, from Kogarah’s Carolyn Barnes (30) and Kiama’s Judith Wilmot (29).
The ladies play at Duntryleague on Thursday while the men are at Wentworth, before Friday’s 4BBB competition.