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      Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

December 2015 Newsletter


President Bernie welcomed all members to Long Island GC, especially those who have not played here before. He said that this may be our last game here due to a large increase in green fees. He thanked the Club for the use of their course and facilities.

Number of Players:

He said that today we had 57 starters - a great result. It is good to see a large number of you back on the playing list after illnesses, operations and some trips away.


Over the last four games we have had 12 or more apologies each time, but you are all firing for Christmas and today we have only one apology from Chris Donald.

Sick List:

In a similar way, there is no one that we know of who has called in sick - a great sign.


We have three guests today, so who has the golf balls for these guys? Firstly, Paul Haramis from Long Island who is a guest of John Hiscock - welcome Paul. We also have John Killmister, who is a guest of Lindsay Quennell, welcome John. Our third guest is Mike Montgomery who is a guest of Jeff Taylor and Lindsay Quennell, welcome Mike. Thanks to John, Jeff and Lindsay for bringing them along. He said it was pleasing that all three had become members.

Starters today:

Bernie thanked Jeff Taylor and John Molloy 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. . Innis Ireland who owns the store will be at the lunch next Monday and will give all our members present a $25 voucher for his store - a great jesture. He asked all to show our appreciation.

The committee is also happy to receive other donations for raffle prizes. This month we also received great gifts from John Molloy, Colin Wiseman and Robin Miller for which we are grateful.

Bernie said the raffle prize today was a round of golf for 4 here at Long Island. In addition 3 sets of two balls were raffled.

For the second month running Ray Desmond picked up the main prize!!

Ray Desmond - what a guy!

Special Achievements

Alan Millard won at Rossdale on 12 November, off 31 with a mind boggling 50 pts includive of 4 consecutive 4s on the last four holes.- was the handicapper kind to you Alan?

Kel Tyler won at Riversdale with 42 points of a handicap of 24. Congratulations.

Laurie Comerford won at Patterson River on 13th November with 7 up.

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


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.

65th Anniversary

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

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.

The following from last month newsletter received no response - please consider if you can help.

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.

Trophy winner Ian Lacey caught in action at the 10th

Christmas Presentation Lunch

The lunch will be held at Rossdale on Monday 14 December at 12.00 for 12.30. That is next Monday, so final acceptances today. 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 this is your last chance.


He reminded all that those of us who have AGU handicaps, that is, official handicaps, are covered by way of our affiliation fees. Those of you who do not have official AGU handicaps are not covered and need to make sure that you have cover thru your home/contents insurance or some other policy. You need to check this.

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.


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

Overall winner:

Ian Lacey (16) with 39 points won the Ken Gangell Trophy to go with the Australian Pensioners Trophy he won last month off 19.

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  Lance Bolam (19)  35 points (c/b)

B Grade:  Bill Frey (28)  37 points

C Grade:  Daryl Gangell (36)  36 points

Nearest to the Pin:

3rd hole: Nil  9th hole Gerry O'Connor

12th hole: D Edwards  9th hole:

Balls down the line:

34 points  Noel Valle

33 points  Gerry O'Connor  John Sutherland  Terry Brownscombe

32 points  Peter Ross  David Vine  Don Barrett  Neil Hills

NAGA Award:

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Did NAGA winner Colin Wiseman outdrive this one?

Birthday boys for December 2015

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

6th  Barry Taylor  75

16th  Chris Procter  69

17th  Alwyn Abraham  68

19th  Jeff Taylor  74

30th  Donald Barrett  80

Weight Loss Program.

A guy calls a company and orders their 5-day, 2.5kg weight loss program.

The next day, there's a knock on the door and there stands before him a voluptuous, 19 year old babe dressed in nothing but a skimpy bikini and a pair of running shoes with a sign around her neck.

She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company. The sign reads, "If you can catch me, you can have me."

Without a second thought, he takes off after her. A few miles later puffing and puffing, he finally gives up. The same girl shows up for the next four days and the same thing happens. On the fifth day, he weighs himself and is delighted to find he has lost 2.5kg as promised.

He calls the company and orders their 5-day/5kg program. The next day there's a knock at the door and there stands the most stunning, beautiful, sexy woman he has ever seen in his life. She is wearing nothing but running shoes and a sign around her neck which reads, "If you catch me you can have me".

Well, he's out the door after her like a shot. This girl is in excellent shape and he does his best, but no such luck. So for the next four days, the same routine happens with him gradually getting in better and better shape.

Much to his delight on the fifth day when he weighs himself, he discovers that he has lost another 5Kgr as promised. He decides to go for broke and calls the company to order the 7-day/10kg program.

"Are you sure?" asks the representative on the phone. "This is our most rigorous program." "Absolutely," he replies, "I haven't felt this good in years."

The next day there's a knock at the door; and when he opens it he finds a huge muscular guy standing there wearing nothing but pink running shoes and a sign around his neck that reads, "If I catch you, you are mine."

He lost 12kg that week

Next event

Churchill Park GC for the Ken Gangell Trophy starting at 7:15 on 18th January.


Lance Bolam & Harold Hayes

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