We left for the Illawarra Golf Club, which is situated on the Princes Highway between Sydney and Wollongong, at 3.00 p.m. Although Sydney experienced a maximum of twenty-six degrees Celsius, it was extremely cold down there. The wind blew and the sun was low to the horizon.
On the par 5 first, I carded a bogey after having hit both of my approach shots from behind trees. In spite of this I was still pin-high in three, only to then three putt. My four iron, on the par 3 second, left me twenty metres short of the green, however, I struck the ball cleanly with my sand iron and it rolled up the green, hit the pin and followed it down into the hole for a birdie.
The excitement of being even with par after two holes proved to be too much for me, for on the par 4 third, alongside the highway, I sprayed the ball all over the place and nearly hit a passing car. I had to ignominiously cross the road to retrieve it. A chap, who was a member of the group in front of us, actually had his ball stolen by a crow!
“Little Ben” ($1.60 and $0.55) won the last at Randwick, with “Butch Cassidy” ($2.10) and “Leica Lover” ($0.60) filling the minor placings. Among those to finish behind this trio were “Bold Mayo” and “Duke Ellington” — minus his piano! The trifecta paid approximately two thousand two hundred dollars for the investment of one dollar. The N.S.W. T.A.B., which is owned by the government, opened its first branch, in Manly, in 1964.
Eastern Suburbs thrashed Manly-Warringah by twenty points to nil at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the latter now sits in seventh place on the ladder in the Sydney premiership. The first “League-a-thon” at the S.C.G. has not been a success with an aggregate attendance of only sixty-six thousand at the six games over the three days.
Today is a public holiday to commemorate the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and those who have fallen in war.
At half past seven: “The Dick Emery Show”; 8.00: “Love Thy Neighbour”; 8.30: Episode 14 of “Rich Man, Poor Man: Book 2”.