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      Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

June 2015 Newsletter

On Monday 1 June 2015, we had 49 starters at Rossdale Golf Club. Our game on the day was Stableford and we played for the Keith Allen Trophy.


President Bernie   stated that a number of players had not registered their intention to play with the captain in the normal manner - he stated this is necessary for catering purposes and urged members to do so in future. He also thought that this game was always going to be a challenge, with the gloomy weather forecast of hail and thunderstorms, particularly around the south-east of Melbourne. However it turned out to be very good. He also complimented Rossdale on the condition of the course.

He welcomed all members to Rossdale GC, especially those who have not played here before. It is always good to get to the clubhouse after playing here, as the facilities are so good now and the BBQ lunch is very tasty. He thanked the Club for the use of their course, facilities and lunch.

He then asked whether anyone has ever played with green golf balls? He did not think they existed until he saw one last week.

Well recently, a blonde woman walked into the pro-shop and asked to buy some green golf balls. The Pro looked around and could not find any. He rang all his suppliers but could not get any, so he told the woman they are unavailable. As she was leaving, he asked her why she wanted green golf balls and she simply said that she thought that would be obvious - they are easier to see in the bunkers!!!!.

He then proceeded to discuss the more serious stuff!!

Number of Players:

Today we had 49 starters - a good roll up!


Apologies were received from Stan Odachowski, Lindsay Quennell, Rob Bailey, Jeff Stevens (overseas), Rod Goode (overseas), Chris MacGeorge, Ken Griffiths (caravanning), Barry Taylor & Ken Smith.

Sick List:

Bernie advised that Chris Tierney, Stan Odachowski and Mike Bainbridge were on the sick list, whilst Lindsay Quennell and Ray Reed are recovering from their procedures. He hoped that all would be back playing with us soon.


We had one guest this month, David Hilton, who is a guest of Al Abraham. He welcomed David and thank you Al for bringing him along.

Starters today:

Bernie thanked Gary Finnis and John Currie for being our starters for the day. They were very well organised.

Raffle Prize:

He reminded us of our agreement with the House of Golf Brighton, who are subsidising all of our winners' vouchers and urged us to support them. He thanked Jeff Taylor for his donation of an outdoor lantern as a prize.

The committee is also happy to receive other donations for raffle prizes, so please help if you can.

Eagle Ridge Game

He stated that we are playing our one away game at Eagle Ridge on Monday 20th July at 8am (players need to be there by 7.30 at the latest to get organised for a quick two tee start). The game is a real fun one as we play Ambrose Pairs - the cost is still $40, which includes a cart and our normal lunch - great value. He urged all to come along and put your name on the circulating sheet and either pay our Treasurer today or at our next game at Southern.

VETS V Brighton Golf Club

He mentioned that we are going along to Brighton Golf Club to again defend our title - the date has been brought forward to 21 September instead of October, so players need to take note of this when they get their Newsletter. There will be more on this later.

Special Achievements

Bernie stated that he only knew of two this month - our handicapper, Ray Desmond won last Saturday at Brighton with a net score of 62, a great achievement. Also Harold Hayes won 'B' grade at Devil Bend with the wonderful score of 28 points.

Vets Web Site

The web site is well and truly up and running and Bernie hoped all are using it. With each Newsletter, we are sending out the link to help members get onto it. He stated that he trusted that this is working well. He asked if anyone was experiencing problems, but there were none mentioned. Remember - www.vetsgolfvic.org.au.

65th Anniversary

He reminded us that the 65th Anniversary polo shirts and club gear are available from Daryl Edwards.


He reminded all that the AGM will be held immediately after the presentations, so he asked them all to please remain with us.

Question Time

Bernie asked members if there were any thoughts about new venues for next year as Donald is putting together the 2016 program. There was no further input on this matter.

He asked if there were any other issues that members would like to raise?

There were none, so Bernie handed over to the Captain.


Captain Donald welcomed members to Rossdale Golf Club for today's event.

Overall winner:

The Keith Allen Trophy winner was Terry Brownscombe (17) with 39 points

He received a $30 House of Golf voucher for his effort.

The image of a happy Terry is missing

Grade winners

A Grade:

Lance Bolam (15)

33 points on C/B

B Grade:

Ian Lacey (21)

38 points

C Grade:

Noel Manning (33)

34 points

Nearest to the Pin:

2rd hole:

Chris Thorne

9th hole

John Hiscock

12th hole:

Noel Valle

16th hole

Allan Baker

Balls down the line:

Allan Millard


Ross Hargreaves


Gary Morland/
Gary Finnis


John Sutherland/
Chris Thorne

32 pts

John Hiscock


Allan Baker

30 pts (c/b)

Oh! my bunker is missing

Spending time in bunkers is all part of the fun.

NAGA Award:

Hans Bleeker was the skilled winner.

I hate golf

Birthday boys for June 2015

Congratulations and best wishes to our members whose birthday falls in June


Chris Macgeorge



Ronnie Chong



Roger Parker



Wayne Troedson



Gerry O'Connor



Alan Baker



Ken Griffiths



Hans Bleeker



Alexander Johnson


A couple of months ago we studied golfers vis-a-vis their caddies opinion. This month we're looking at what to do with a dead horse.

The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount."

However, in government more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

  1. Buying a stronger whip.

  2. Changing riders.

  3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

  4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.

  5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

  6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

  7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

  8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

  9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance.

  10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.

  11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

  12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

    And, of course...

  13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.

Next event

Southern GC for the Grant Haselgrove Trophy starting at 8:00 on 6th July.

Also bear in mind the Ambrose Pairs social event at Eagle Ridge on 20th July. Be there by 7:30am


For Southern: Peter Ross and Alex Johnson

For Eagle Ridge: Bernie Coyle and Bill Dooley

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