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September 2014 Newsletter

On Monday 1st September 2014 we played at Churchill Park Golf Club. Our game on the day was a stableford event for the John Coleman Trophy.


President Bernie welcomed all members to Churchill Park GC and how good it was to see everyone. He also mentioned how nice it was to have our Captain Donald, back from the 'wilds' of Scotland.

He thanked the Churchill Park GC for the use of their course, their good facilities and lunch.

Number of Players:

There were 42 starters on the day.


Apologies were received from Stan Odachowski, Peter Ross, Neil Hills, Brian Guinane, Ray Reed, George Weaver, Gary Finnis, Jeff Taylor, Malcolm Turner, Roger Huxstep, Peter Bryan, Ken Smith and Peter Charlewood.

Sick List:

Bernie hoped that all those who have been ill or have had operations are coming along reasonably well - Ray Reed, Neil Hills, Alan Baker, Brian Guinane, Stan Odachowski and Daryl Edwards.


We had two guests today: Chris Tierney, guest of Alan Baker and Bob Taylor, guest of Roger Parker.

Chris became a member on the day.

A warm welcome to you both from all members of our Club.

Starters today:

Bernie thanked our starters on the day, Lance Bolam and Harold Hayes. He praised them for volunteering as this is a very important role. He encouraged more members to volunteer and undertake this role.

Bernie also thanked others who put our game days together - Captain Donald MacDonald, Handicapper Ray Desmond, Secretary Stan Odachowski, Treasurer David Vine, Marketing Manager Daryl Edwards, Vice-Captain Mike Bainbridge, Peter Ross and Laurie Comerford. These guys work very hard to put it all together for you - so please thank them.

Raffle Prize:

Bernie thanked John Hiscock and Daryl Edwards for running our raffle this month.

He reminded members that we now have an agreement with the House of Golf at Brighton whereby they are subsidising all our winners' vouchers, so please support the House of Golf at Brighton and tell them you are from the Vic Vets group.

Special Achievements:

There were three known special achievements in the past month.

  • Harold Hayes and Roger Parker won on 26 August at Churchill Park, with 78 points, in a 2B aggregate event;
  • Ken Griffiths won on 26 August at Long Island GC, with a score of 5 up, playing off a handicap of 19;

65th Anniversary:

Members were reminded that this was our 65th anniversary year and that our Club shirts, Club jumpers and hats were available for purchase.

See Daryl Edwards if you wish to purchase our range of products.

Web site:

The Club's web site is now up and running. It can be accessed at:


Laurie Comerford is back from holidays and will happily address member access problems, if there are any. See him if you have any concerns.

For the time being our web site is not well recognised by Google, hence, you will not find it with a Google search. We are working on this

Special Mention:

Bernie advised that our Vice President, Gary, was not here today as he was swimming across the Dardanelles in Turkey - we wish him well.

Question Time:

No questions were asked, so Bernie handed the meeting over to our Captain, Donald MacDonald, who announced the winners for the day.


Captain Donald welcomed members to Churchill Park GC for today's event.

Winners on the day were:

John Coleman Trophy

Our John Coleman Trophy winner was Lindsay Quennell (24) with 34 points on c/b.

Lindsay also received a $30 House of Golf voucher for his marvellous effort.

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Grade winners

A Grade:

Mike Bainbridge (20)

33 points on c/b

B Grade:

Gerry O'Connor (22)

31 points on c/b

C Grade:

Rod Goode (31)

34 points

Nearest to the Pin:

3rd Hole:

John Hiscock;


John Boyce;


Alan Baker;


Bill Frey;

Balls down the line:

Roger Parker (8)


Harold Hayes (20)


Alan Baker (30)


Barry Pollock (28)


David Vine (13)


Lance Bolam (18)


Joe Cirnigliaro (35)


Ken Pride

29pts on c/b

NAGA Award:

John Boyce was our lucky winner.

Raffle Winner:

The raffle today raised $181 and was won by Alan Baker.


The DSR for today was 34

Birthday Boys for October 2014:

Congratulations and best wishes to our members whose birthday falls in October:


Neal Hills



Robin Miller



Noel Manning



Wayne Lamb



Peter Bryan



Ken Chamberlain



Kelvin Taylor



Ken Pride



Leo Gamble


Next Event:

Monday: 6th October 2014 at Centenary Park Golf Club

Stableford: Bob Leverington Perpetual Trophy - be there by 7.15 am

Starters: Colin Wiseman

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Bob Leverington joined our Club in 1994 and was made a Life member in 2004.

He was President from 2002 to 2004; Vice President in 1995, 2000 to 2001 and Handicapper from 1996 to 1999.

He was Club Champion 4 times, won the Captain's Trophy twice and the John Sant Trophy twice.

He won the 65-69 Aged Trophy once and the 70-75 Aged Trophy once.

Bob passed away in 2012.

Golf Aphorisms

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was Invented. It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden'.. . and thus, the word GOLF entered into the English Age.

Golf balls are like eggs - they're white.  They're sold by the dozen ... & a week later you have to buy more.

A pro-shop gets its name from the fact that you have to have the income of a professional golfer to buy anything in there.

It's amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks, & rake his sand traps.

When you stop to think about it, did you ever notice that it's a lot easier to get up at 6:00 a.m. to play golf than at 10:00 to mow the yard.

Golf is by far the ultimate love /hate relationship. Sometimes it seems as though your cup runneth & moveth over.

It takes longer to learn good golf than it does brain surgery. On the other hand, you seldom get to ride around on a cart, drink beer & eat hot dogs while performing brain surgery.

A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game.

Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up praying a lot.

If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight.

If profanity had any influence on the flight of a ball, most everyone would play better.

A recent survey shows that of all jobs, caddies live the longest. They get plenty of fresh air & exercise, & if there's ever a medical emergency, a doctor is always nearby.

Water hazards are no walk in the park for fish, turtles, frogs or crocodiles either.

A good golf partner is one who's always slightly worse than you.

That rake by the sand trap is there for golfers who feel guilty about skipping out on lawn work.

If there's a storm rolling in, you'll be having the game of your life.

You probably wouldn't look good in a Green Jacket anyway! A sweatshirt will do just fine!

Golf appeals to the child in all of us. This is proven by our frequent inability to count past the number 5.

It's a simple matter to keep your ball in the fairway if you're not choosy about which fairway.

The above information supplied by Rod Goode who may (or may not?) have claimed it was from personal experience

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