NOT even a serious knee operation could keep Camperdown Golf bowler Algie White from returning to the green this season.
White, 58, spent about two months in recovery after having a full knee replacement in late November to fix an ongoing problem that began more than 30 years ago.
White was in his 20s when he sustained the initial injury, while coaching Lismore Football Club, and the injury had persisted ever since.
“It was getting to a point where I couldn’t drive very far, I’d always have to get out and stretch,” he said.
“It was full of arthritis so it was time do something about it.”
White went under the knife at Warrnambool Base Hospital where surgeons replaced his knee with “a whole lot of titanium”.
He has had to miss Golf’s past five games but made a long-awaited return to the Division One side in its three-rinks-to-one victory, 107-88, against Apollo Bay at the weekend.
“It’s been a little bit frustrating watching from the sidelines but the team’s still doing very well,” White said.
“There’s been a lot of physio appointments, I’ve been to the Cobden heated pool on 10 occasions now, and a lot of exercise – bending the joint and strengthening the muscles around it.”
Golf sits third on Corangamite Bowls Division Saturday Pennant ladder with a record of 9-1-5 ahead of this weekend’s clash with seventh-placed Cobden.
White’s return to Graham Fitzgerald’s rink only strengthens its finals chances.
“It’s good bowling with Fitzy’s rink, he’s a bloody good bowler, him and I have pretty good chemistry,” White said.
“I’d say we’re definitely a chance to contest finals but I don’t know how far we’ll go – Simpson and City seem like the teams to beat.”
In other Division One matches, top-side City hosts Colac One, while Colac Two welcomes Camperdown to its lakeside greens.
Apollo Bay will hope to strengthen its spot in the top four against Central, while Winchelsea faces a big test when it takes on second-placed Simpson.