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      Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

November 2015 Newsletter

President:

President Bernie welcomed all members to Cranbourne GC, especially those who have not played here before. He said how lucky we were with the weather. I believe that this course is one of the best we play on. He thanked the Club for the use of their course and facilities.

Number of Players:

Today we had 48 starters.

Apologies:

Apologies were received from Colin Wiseman, Gary Morland, Peter Ross, Chris Proctor, Tom Govern, Grant Watson, Noel Manning and Barry Pollock.

Sick List:

Bernie advised that Stan Klofa has had a hip replacement and is moving along slowly.

Guests:

We have one guest today - Chris Donald from Centenary park GC. A special welcome to Chris. We all enjoy playing at Centenary Park and meeting all their players. I hope you enjoyed yourself today and will join our group. Have we a golf ball for Chris? Thanks to Barry Pollock for introducing Chris.

Starters today:

Bernie thanked Gary Finnis and Malcolm Turner for their help today. It is a great way to meet all those who play and to help our club.

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. Innes Ireland who owns House of Golf at Brighton is going to give all our members, who attend the Christmas Lunch on 14 December a $25 gift voucher. A very generous gesture on his part.

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 for 4 here at Cranbourne. In addition 3 sets of two balls were raffled.

Ray Desmond picked up the main prize and is now rejecting/accepting offers of external friendship from players seeking to join him at Cranbourne.

Special Achievements

Bernie stated that he knew of one this month - I heard on the grapevine that Chris Thorne won at Rossdale a few weeks ago. Congratulations.

If you do win, please let President Bernie know as often the news media does not publish results.

Membership

Bernie stated that we need to recruit more members and he asked all to help. If you have friends who may like to play, encourage them to come along and have a game with us. They might like to join. Chris Donald - if there is anyone else at Centenary Park who may like a game with us please bring them along.

2016 Syllabus

The program for next year has been included on the website and is a good one, as it includes Waterford Valley, Sandhurst and Amstel, in addition to those we play each year. The only one not included is Long Island, as they are far too expensive next year. Our Captain Donald has done a great job and deserves a round of applause - thank you Donald.

Vets Web Site

The web site is well and truly up and running and Bernie hoped all are using it.

Vets Web Site - assistant needed.

The Committee are concerned that if Webmaster Laurie Comerford loses an attack on a bus with his bicycle, currently no other member of the club has sufficient background on the web site to enable us to continue with elegance. Laurie has offered to bring anyone interested up to scratch in web site maintenance as it applies to our web site. The skills used are primarily typing, web searching for images, simple image editing and posting web material to the internet. All software used for these tasks is free.

It is highly desirable that we have several people with background understanding and able to assist in this area.

65th Anniversary

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


Australian Pensioners Trophy winner Ian Lacey shows his putting style

Christmas Presentation Lunch

The lunch will be held at Rossdale on Monday 14 December at 12.00 for 12.30. As I said, House of Golf will give a $25 gift voucher to all our members who attend. In addition, the committee has also decided to subsidise the event this year to the tune of $5 for each person who attends - that is a reduction in cost from $35 to $30 per head. So as you can see, the lunch represents great value, is good fun and you never know, you might win a trophy or one of the nine hampers to be raffled for free. Please come and put your name and that of your wife, girlfriend, partner or whoever you are bringing, on the list today, as it is not far off.

Question Time

He asked if there were any other issues which members would like to raise? There were none, so Bernie handed over to the Captain.

Captain:

Donald welcomed members to Centenary Park Golf Club for today's event.

Overall winner:

In warmish conditions Ian Lacey (19) with 41 points won the Australian Pensioners Trophy.

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  John Hiscock (16)  40 (c/b) points (c/b)

B Grade:  Ronnie Chong (28)  40 points

C Grade:  Alan Millard (32)  40 points


Nearest to the Pin:

3rd hole: Noel Valle  8th hole John Hiscock

12th hole: Reg Davey  14th hole: Barry Taylor

Balls down the line:

40 points  Ken Griffiths

37 points  Alwyn Abraham

36 points  Mike Bainbridge

35 points  Laurie Comerford   David Vine

33 points  Hans Bleeker

32 points  Ray Desmond  Reg Davey c/b

NAGA Award:

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NAGA winner Bill Dooley celebrated with a smile.

Golflinks handicap:

As described in our handicap page the Club provides for members to obtain a Club handicap based on the Golflinks computations where that member is does not have a Golflinks handicap. However, nearly always as a Golflinks handicap will be based on a larger number of played rounds, it will normally provide a fairer reflection of a player's ability and should always be used as a first choice.

If you are a registered Golflink member, it is incumbent on you to advise the Handicapper or the Secretary of your Golflink number.

Birthday boys for November 2015

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

9th  Barry Pollock  78

13th  Ken Durling  92     Noel Valle  69

14th  John Sutherland  75

15th  David Shutler  64

23rd  Gary Finnis  70

27th  Christopher Thorn  57

Wishes granted.

An Aussie trucker walks into an outback cafe with a full-grown emu behind him. The waitress asks him for his order. The trucker says, "A hamburger, chips and a coke," and turns to the emu, "What's yours?" "I'll have the same," says the emu.

A short time later the waitress returns with the order "That will be $9.40 please?" He reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment.

The next day, the man and the emu come again and he says, "A hamburger, chips and a coke." The emu says, "I'll have the same." Again the trucker reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change.

This becomes routine each time the two enter. "The usual?" asks the waitress. "No, it's Friday night, so I'll have a steak, baked potato and a salad," says the man. "Same," says the emu.

Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, "That will be $32.62." Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table.

The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer. "Excuse me, mate, how do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your pocket every time?"

"Well, love" says the trucker, "a few years ago I was cleaning out the back shed, and found an old lamp. When I rubbed it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there."

"That's brilliant!" says the waitress. "Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you'll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!"

"That's right. Whether it's a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there," says the man. The waitress asks, "So, what's with the emu?"  The trucker sighs, pauses, and answers,

"My second wish was for a tall bird with a big back-side and long legs, and who agrees with everything I say."


Next event

Long Island GC for the Ken Gangell Trophy starting at 7:15 on 9th November.

Starters

Jeff Taylor & John Molloy

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