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      Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

September 2015 Newsletter


President Bernie welcomed all members to Churchill Park GC, especially those who have not played here before. He thanked the Club for the use of their course, facilities and lunch. He stated that the harsh weather and a lot of mud on the course made for a tough day - an example was the sixth hole, a Par 3, where no one made the green as per the marker, which we forgot to put out.

He stated that we lost life member and ex Handicapper Grant Haselgrove recently. He thanked those who attended his funeral last Friday. He asked all to stand for a minutes silence as a mark of respect for Grant.

Number of Players:

Today we had 37 starters — an excellent roll up considering the miserable weather.


Apologies were received from Jeff Taylor, Gary Finnis, , Gary Morland, Grant Watson, John Currie, George Weaver, Peter Ross, Hans Bleeker, Ross Hargreaves, Kel Tyler, Peter Charlewood and Ken Pride.

Sick List:

Bernie advised that Hugh Churchward and Bill Frey are sick. Bill has had a heart attack and will be operated on soon to remove blockages - he is in Peninsula Private Hospital Franston. We wish him well.

We have so many players either sick or off touring and hope we can see them back playing soon.


We had no guests today.

Starters today:

Bernie thanked Lance Bolam and Harold Hayes 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.

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

Bernie said the raffle prize today was a round of golf here at Churchill Park for four to be taken today - not a good prospect!

The raffle winner for today was Al Abraham who received a voucher for a round of golf for 4 players at Churchill Park.

VETS v Brighton Golf Club

He mentioned that we are going along to Brighton Golf Club to again defend our title - the date is 21 September, 2015. The day will be the normal 18 holes followed by a roast lunch.

If you wish to play, please pay the Treasurer today.

I also have a list of starters who need to be there by about 7.30 and a second list of later starters who need to be there by 8.15 - please pop over and have a look at which group you are in as you may be able to sleep in a little longer!!

Members who belong to BGC will be playing for Brighton and should put their name on the list at BGC and pay there.

Special Achievements

Bernie stated that he knew of two this month - Neal Hills won at Cheltenham on August 11 with 37pts and Bill Frey won at Long Island on 3 Sept in a Par comp with 1 up and then went on to have a heart attack shortly afterwards - he asked all to be careful.

If you do win, please let me know as we sometimes miss the notices.

Vets Web Site

The web site is well and truly up and running and Bernie hoped all are using it. Webmaster, Laurie Comerford put the Newsletter for the last few months together, remotely from Coffs Harbour, where he was on holidays. Thank you Laurie for a great effort. Remember - www.vetsgolfvic.org.au.

65th Anniversary

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

Question Time

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 Churchill Park Golf Club for today's event.

Overall winner:

In very damp conditions the John Coleman Trophy winner was putting wizard Lance Bolam (16) with 35 points

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

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Grade winners

A Grade:

John Hiscock (17)

30 points

B Grade:

Reg Davey (24)

30 points

C Grade:

Barry Taylor (34)

33 points

Nearest to the Pin:

3rd hole:

No-one hit the green!

6th hole

No-one hit the green!

11th hole:

No-one hit the green!

17th hole

At last - Harold Hayes was the best of many.

Balls down the line:

Bernie Coyle (19)
Neal Hills (27)


Harold Hayes (19)


Lindsay Quennell (23)


Rod Goode (30)
GeorgeGiles (36)


Laurie Comerford (16)
Ronnie Ching (29)


NAGA Award:

Darryl Gangell was the skilled winner.

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Birthday boys for October 2015

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


The Scots are in favour again.

The only cow in a small town in Ireland stopped giving milk. Then the town folk found they could buy a cow in Scotland quite cheaply. So, they brought the cow over from Scotland.

It was absolutely wonderful, it produced lots of milk every day and everyone was happy. They bought a bull to mate with the cow to get more cows, so they'd never have to worry about their milk supply again.

They put the bull in the pasture with the cow but whenever the bull tried to mount the cow, the cow would move away. No matter what approach the bull tried, the cow would move away from the bull, and he was never able to do the deed.

The people were very upset and decided to go to the Vet, who was very wise, tell him what was happening and ask his advice.

"Whenever the bull tries to mount our cow, she moves away. If he approaches from the back, she moves forward. When he approaches her from the front, she backs off. If he attempts it from the one side, she walks away to the other side."

The Vet rubbed his chin thoughtfully and pondered this for a while.

Then, with a distant look in his eye he replied,"Did you by chance, buy this cow in Scotland ?"

The people were dumbfounded, since no one had ever mentioned that they had brought the cow over from Scotland.

"You are truly a wise Vet," they said. "How did you know we got the cow from Scotland?"

The Vet replied with a distant look in his eye, "My wife is from Scotland".

Next event

Centenary Park GC for the John Coleman Trophy starting at 7:15 on 5th October.


Bernie Coyle and Lindsay Quennell.

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