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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

December 2016 Newsletter

President Bernie  welcomed all members to Centenary Park and thanked the Club for the use of their facilities.

He thanked Terry Donohue, Trevor McGillton and Ray Underwood for playing with him - he enjoyed it.

He also announced that Barry Taylor would be 77 on Tuesday and Terry Donohue will be 70 next week - he congratulated them both.

Today has been an interesting one, in that this format off one tee at Centenary Park requires the utmost patience and forbearance from all our playing members Why do we continue to play here? Well, it is a good course, these facilities are great and the lunch is good We continue to put this course on our annual syllabus as we must play here as we make a considerable profit and that enables us to continue to play at all our other courses, where in some cases, we have to subsidise the $40 that you pay by up to $15 per head and that costs us around $750 per game So please be patient with us here and at Churchill Park as we need to play these courses to make playing at our up market courses possible - these are the majority of the courses that we play Please it is essential that you all continue to play at this course and Churchill Park.

Number of Players:

He said that today we had a great list of players with 58, one of our biggest ever attendances Thanks for making the effort to come and to keep our Club strong.


We have a few apologies today - Alex Johnson, Reg Davey, Bill Dooley, David Heraud, Donald McDonald, Alan Millard, Jeff Taylor and Chris Thorne.


No guests today.

Please remember if you do bring a guest please ask them for their Golflink Number, if they have one, or provide the Handicapper with a guideline to their playing standard.

Starters today:

Bernie thanked Ronnie Chong and Robin Millar for their help today We cannot proceed without volunteers to run these events every month so please consider helping!

Raffle Prize:

He reminded us of our agreement with the Innes Ireland at the House of Golf Brighton, who are subsidising our winners' vouchers and urged us to support them This company has done much for us and we need to make sure that we use all the vouchers given to us as prices and their deals are very competitive Please go and see Innes at his new super store near DFO at Moorabbin Airport which is now open.
Very strong rumour has it that this is the only local store with a full scale bunker to allow customers to try out thw wide range of wedges.

He also said that we can offer the 2017 Golf Course Guide to all for $20 each as opposed to the $42 full retail price - those who wanted one were to give their names to Daryl Edwards.

Special Achievements

Bernie stated that the past month was successful for some of our members and we congratulate them on their achievements.

He asked if there were any more good performances - but there were none?

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


Bernie stated that we need to keep bringing along new members He urged all members to look around and ask their friends to come along.

Club Gear

He stated that the Marketing Manager was heartbroken to see so many players not wearing the club gear and he reminded us that the Club polo shirts and jumpers are available from Daryl Edwards.

Vets Web Site

It is up and running and performing well. Last month a message was sent to all members advising them of the details about them which the club holds in its online database. Included was a request that the data be checked and the Committee be advised of any errors so they could be fixed. Either we were very good or members ignored checking as there were only a few errors identified! An unnamed member did turn up in this month's birthday list with an age of 116, but you won't see it now.

Special notice

Don't forget the Christmas and Presentation lunch at Rossdale on 12 December - next Monday at noon.

We currently have a record 107 people attending and you need to pay on the day.

Please see me if you have any queries as we are putting the final numbers in to Rossdale today and you will need to pay after today, if you withdraw, as we have to pay for you.

Question time

He asked if there were any other issues that members would like to raise??
Bernie then handed over to Vice Captain Harold.


As those who hit off the tenth will be aware they were lined up and their pictures recorded for posterity. The pictures may be viewed here.

It may be a couple of days before they are available, so please come back next week if they are not there now.




Vice Captain Harold welcomed members to Centenary Park Golf Club for today's event.

Overall winner:

Roger Selwood (19) with 41 points won the Bob Leverington Trophy.

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  David Vine (14)  37 points

B Grade:  Chris Procter (21)  40 points

C Grade:  Rod Goode (28)  38 points

Nearest to the Pin: Picture

3rd hole: Lindsay Quennell  8th hole Trevor Spence

12th hole: Bill Frey  14th hole: Trevor Spence

Sometimes our school exam system comes up with information like the above.

Balls down the line:

39 points  Trevor Bottomley (19)

37 points  Terry Donohue (15)   Lindsay Quennell (21)   Philip Horsburgh (32)

36 points  Bernie Coyle (16)   Christopher Tierney (27)

35 points  Chris Macgeorge (23)   Barry Taylor (35)


NAGA Award:

Sometimes NAGA winners need a rest. We're not sure Colin Wiseman found the most appropriate location.

Birthday boys for December 2016

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

5th  Yvonne Daniel  73

8th  Valerie Purves  67

12th  Innes Ireland  50

13th  Terry Donohue  70

16th  Chris Procter  70

17th  Al Abraham  69

19th  Jeff Taylor  75

20th  Christopher Tierney  67

22nd  Tom Buzza  71

27th  George Robinson  74

30th  Donald Barrett  81


Letter to home:

Dear Mum & Dad,

I am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than workin' on the station - tell them to get in bloody quick smart before the jobs are all gone! I wuz a bit slow in settling down at first, because ya don't hafta get outta bed until 6am. But I like sleeping in now, cuz all ya gotta do before brekky is make ya bed and shine ya boots Picture and clean ya uniform.No bloody horses to get in, no calves to feed, no troughs to clean - nothin'!! Ya haz gotta shower though, but its not so bad, coz there's lotsa hot water and even a light to see what ya doing!

At brekky ya get cereal, fruit and eggs but there's no kangaroo steaks or goanna stewPicture like wot Mum makes. You don't get fed again until noon and by that time all the city boys are buggered because we've been on a 'route march' - geez its only just like walking to the windmill in the bullock paddock!!


This one will kill me brothers Doug and Phil with laughter. I keep getting medals for shootin' - dunno why. The bullseye is as big as a bloody dingo's arse and it don't move and it's not firing back at ya like the Johnsons did when our big scrubber bull got into their prize cows before the Ekka last year! All ya gotta do is make yourself comfortable and hit the target - it's a piece of piss!! You don't even load your own cartridges, they comes in little boxes, and ya don't have to steady yourself against the rollbar of the roo shooting truck when you reload!

Sometimes ya gotta wrestle with the city boys and I gotta be real careful coz they break easy - it's not like fighting with Doug and Phil and Jack and Boori and Steve and Muzza all at once like we do at home after the muster. Turns out I'm not a bad boxer either and it looks like I'm the best the platoon's got, and I've only been beaten by this one bloke from the Engineers - he's 6 foot 5 and 15 stone and three pick handles across the shoulders and as ya know I'm only 5 foot 7 and eight stone wringin' wet, but I fought him till the other blokes carried me off to the boozer.

I can't complain about the Army - tell the boys to get in quick before word gets around how bloody good it is.

Your loving daughter,Picture

Next event:

Keysborough for the Bill Fitzsimmons Trophy starting at 7:15 on 16th January

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