Dad's army delivers in tribute to Singleton's late golf leader Ray Considine | PHOTOS

DAD'S ARMY: Family and friends of the late Ray Considine gathered at the Singleton Golf Club on Thursday morning to play a final round for the local legend. His life was celebrated by the community at his funeral the following day.

DAD'S ARMY: Family and friends of the late Ray Considine gathered at the Singleton Golf Club on Thursday morning to play a final round for the local legend. His life was celebrated by the community at his funeral the following day.

Three golfers from three separate clubs were crowned as Singleton Open winners last week.

Muswellbrook based golfer Kim Robinson admitted she was very lucky when taking out the Singleton Ladies Open title on Wednesday afternoon.

"I didn't par too many, I drove well; my tipping wasn't amazing but I just actually slipt in with a shot," she said moments before receiving her trophy.

WINNER: Muswellbrook based golfer Kim Robinson takes out the Singleton Ladies Open title adding to her long list of golfing achievements.

WINNER: Muswellbrook based golfer Kim Robinson takes out the Singleton Ladies Open title adding to her long list of golfing achievements.

Then teenagers Hamish Ellison (Belmont GC) and Pyper Hollis (Kew GC) were crowned as the outright winners of the 2019 Tradecore Singleton Junior Open on Sunday.

The duo stood out on the score sheet among their 46 opposing junior talents after prevailing against gale force winds.

Yet, this week's most impressive performance was that of the Considine family just days after the passing of their father Raymond due to illness.

Known to most as 'Ray'; he was remembered as a man who served his country in Vietnam, was a member of the inaugural committee for Cooinda Hostel, the inaugural president of the Singleton Heights Public School P&C and also served two terms on the Singleton Council.

He also captained the Singleton Golf Veterans and served as the vice president of Singleton Golf Club.

Only four days after his death, his loving wife Leah showcased her strength and continued to contribute to Singleton's golfing community by tallying up the scores for the Ladies Open just moments after each competitor completed their respective round.

HARD AT WORK: Leah Considine pictured moments before the Singleton Ladies Open trophy presentation on Wednesday.

HARD AT WORK: Leah Considine pictured moments before the Singleton Ladies Open trophy presentation on Wednesday.

So what was the key to the family's composure?

Last Thursday, on the eve of his funeral, the Considine family (along with some of Ray's closest friends) took his golf sticks for their final round.

"This one is for you Dad," his son and Singleton Golf Club captain Murray declared when teeing off that morning.

"Since he retired from the mines 20 years ago, he would often join his mates for a round of golf on a Thursday morning and the only thing that would stop him, would be the weather conditions or when caravanning with Leah," his family told the Singleton Argus.

"Thursday's at Singleton Golf Club used to be called the Army Comp, but when that finished, the group of mates starting calling it 'Dad's Army'.

"To be honest, it was actually a group of mates going for a walk, which was ruined by a game golf.

"Each hole they played, there was often a story to tell or a joke, some of which were even funny.

"The 'Big Fella' is going to be missed by his Thursday golfing mates, but through the memory of his stories and jokes, he will never be forgotten."

The following day, the Singleton community gathered within the walls of the All Saints Anglican Church to bid farewell to the local leader.

The week was then fittingly drawn to a close when Leah handed young Ellison the (now named) Raymond Considine Memorial Singleton Junior Open trophy.

"Before he received his award he shook my hand and said 'sorry for your loss' so you couldn't have picked a sweeter boy to receive the award," Leah said on Sunday.

SINGLETON JUNIOR OPEN: Hamish Ellison recieves his trophy from Leah Considine on Sunday afternoon.

SINGLETON JUNIOR OPEN: Hamish Ellison recieves his trophy from Leah Considine on Sunday afternoon.