President Bernie said it was so good to see so many of you at the first game of 2016. He hoped that you all had an ideal Christmas and start to the New Year. He then welcomed all members to Churchill Park, especially those who have not played here before. He thanked the Club for the use of their course and facilities. He also thanked George, Reg and Alan for playing with him.
He said that today we had 50 starters - a great result, as it is important that we patronise the Churchill Park games, as they subsidise many of our other games.
Today we have a number of apologies - Grant Watson, Chris Donald, Peter Ross, Kel Tyler,Chris Tierney, Barry Pollock, John Molloy who has a family bereavement, Alex Johnson, John Sutherland and Ken Pemberton.
Now this is a great start to the New Year with only Ken Pemberton with a sore neck. Lets hope we all stays well for 2016.
We have one guest today - Terry Donohue, a guest of Laurie Comerford. Welcome Terry and thank you to Laurie for bringing him along. I hope you enjoyed yourself. Terry has now joined the club.
Bernie thanked Life member Lance Bolam and smiling Harold Hayes for their help today. It is a great way to meet all those who play and to help our club.
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.
Bernie stated that he knew of a few this month - thanks for letting me know.
John Currie won in a 4B at Rossdale on 12 December with 52 pts.
Also our Club Champion continued his great form when he won at Rossdale with 45 points of a handicap of 17. Congratulations.
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. Many people in our age range no longer want to belong to clubs at great expense, but may wish to play occasionally. 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 and at the same time maintain their AGU handicap.
He reminded us that the Club polo shirts and jumpers are available from Daryl Edwards.
The program for this year has been included on the website and is a very good one, as it includes some new clubs. I hope you all have a copy and have all the dates in your diary.
An interesting subject with today's weather, as we used the policy for the first time last night, when the Captain and I discussed the weather for today. As it was going to be 17c when we teed off, we agreed all was good to play.
We have now finalised our Heat Policy and in future, if the temperature is 36c or more, when we are to play, emails will be sent out the night before the game to all, advising you of the forecast temperature and asking all to consider whether they want to play or not. If you do want to play, you will be advised to consider hiring a cart and to bring plenty of water. If on the actual day we play, the weather is to be excessive, that is very hot early in the day, we will discuss with the course management re their heat policy and possible game cancellation. Of course if the course remains open, it is up to individuals as to whether they play or not, even if we cancel our competition.
Those who do not have an email address, will be called by either the Captain or myself. Now this is a time consuming exercise, so we encourage all who have an email address to make sure we have it and if you do not have one at this time, please consider getting one so that we can contact you more easily.
The web site is well and truly up and running and Bernie hoped all are using it.
This is one of our methods of communicating with you all and there are still seventeen or so members who do not have access to a computer. Now, if you can access one, it would help us a great deal, especially with all letters now costing a dollar each. Posting information out to you has suddenly become a large expense thanks to Australia Post and its management.
He asked if there were any other issues that members would like to raise??
There were a few short questions after which Bernie handed over to the Captain.
Donald welcomed members to Churchill Park Golf Club for today's event.
Lindsay Quennel (25) with 44 points won the Bill Fitzsimmons Trophy.
He received a $30 House of Golf voucher for his effort.
A Grade: Lance Bolam (17) 37 points
B Grade: Ray Desmond (22) 38 points
C Grade: Colin Wiseman (36) 34 points
3rd hole: Rod Goode 6th hole Jeff Stevens
11th hole: Lindsay Quennell 17th hole: Gary Morlan
37 points George Weaver
36 points Laurie Comerford Jeff Stevens Bill Frey
35 points John Hiscock
34 points Gary Morland Harold Hayes
33 points Don Barrett
Don Barrett started the New year with the dreaded NAGA award.
Congratulations and best wishes to our members whose birthday falls in January
1st Bruce McMaster 65
14th Taffy Davies 67
17th Peter Bimbi 56
20th Laurie Comerford 76
23rd John Hiscock 66
27th Spiro Sparsi 64
28th Allan Logan 55
29th Mike Bainbridge 65
There was a farmer who had a horse and a goat.
One day, the horse became ill and he called the veterinarian, who said, "Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. I'll come back on the 3rd day and if he's not better, we're going to have to put him down".
Nearby, the goat listened closely to their conversation.
The next day, after they gave the horse his the medicine, the goat approached the horse and said, "Be strong, my friend. Get up or else they're going to put you to sleep!"
On the second day, again after they gave him the medicine, the goat came back and said, "Come on buddy, get up or else you're going to die! Come on, I'll help you get up. Let's go! One, two, three..."
On the third day, they came to give him the medicine and the vet said, "Unfortunately, we're going to have to put him down tomorrow. Otherwise, the virus might spread and infect the other horses."
After they left, the goat approached the horse and said, "Listen pal, it's now or never! Get up, come on! Have courage! Come on! Get up! Get up! That's it, slowly! Great! Come on, one, two, three... Good, good. Now faster, come on... Fantastic! Run, run more!"
"Yes! Yes! You did it, you're a champion!!!"
All of a sudden, the owner came back, saw the horse running in the field and began shouting, "It's a miracle! My horse is cured. We must have a grand party. "We can cook the goat!!!!"