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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

February 2017 Newsletter

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President Bernie welcomed us to Rossdale Golf club and asked all present to thank the Club for the use of their facilities.

He thanked Phillip Horsburgh, Jeff Taylor and Bill Heron for playing with him - he enjoyed it. He also welcomed back Mario Andreola and said it was great to see him again. Special mention was made of a member who became an Australian citizen after 67 years in Australia - George Weaver.

Number of Players:

He said that today we had a great list of players with 57, one of our biggest attendances. Thanks for making the effort to come and to keep our Club strong, especially on a day like today.


We have a few apologies for golf todaytoday, whilst three are here to help  -  Lance Bolam, Ken Durling, John Farrow, Reg Davey, Alan Millard, Roland Neef, Robin Miller, Chris Tierney, Chris Proctor, Bill Dooley, Neil Street, Kel Tyler, John "Crash" Hiscock, Ray Underwood, Chris Donald, Tom Govern, Chris McGeorge and Donald McDonald.


We also have 2 guests today and we welcome them. Firstly Bill Heron, who is a guest of Jeff Taylor and secondly, Russ Eason, a guest of Roger Huxstep. I hope you both enjoyed the day and will join us as members. Golf balls to each please. Bill Heron has also joined the Club.

When members 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 John Currie and Ken Terry Donohue for their help today. We cannot proceed without volunteers to run these events every month, so please consider helping as it is a bit of fun and you get to know more members of the club.

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. Please go and see Innes at his new super store near DFO at Moorabbin Airport which is now open.

Special Achievements:

Bernie stated that he knew of three winners 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 again 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. Get a yellow polo shirt - they really stand out!!!! He asked if anyone else would like a Golf Course Guide for $20.

Vets Web Site

It is up and running and performing well.

Red Cross Day

On 4 March Brighton Golf Club(BGC) is holding a fund raising day for the Red Cross. It is a great day and you can either play golf for $40 (part of which goes to the Red Cross) or play golf and have a great roast lunch like we do when we play there, for $55, when they will have raffles and a chocolate wheel with great prizes. It is a major fundraiser for BGC to help the Red Cross and they have asked us to tell you all about it in the hope that many of you will play. It is a shotgun start at 8am and is great fun. If you wish to participate please see David Heraud, who is sitting over there - he will take your name and money if you wish to pay today or you can pay later. We urge you to support this event.

Membership subscriptions


Question time

He hoped that all would stay for the AGM to follow the Captain's presentation. He also asked if there were any other issues that members would like to raise??
Bernie then handed over to the Captain.



Our Winner Noel Valle had to depart early, so avoided the photographer

Captain Donald welcomed members to Rossdale Golf Club for today's event.

Overall winner:

Noel Valle (27) with 42 points won the Royce Hollingworth Trophy.

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  Terry Donohue (16)  42 points

B Grade:  Daryl Edwards (23)  41 points

C Grade:  Philip Horsburgh (33)  37 points

Nearest to the Pin: Picture

3rd hole: Daryl Edwards  8th hole George Weaver

12th hole: Christopher Thorne  14th hole: Christopher Thorne

Some of us had a hard time at the exams!.

Balls down the line:

40 points  Rod Goode (27)

39 points  Lindsay Quennell (22)

38 points  John Molloy (20)

37 points  John Sutherland (18)

36 points  Trevor Bottomley (16)   Joe Cirnigliaro (36)

35 points  Bill Frey (27)   Christopher Thorne (21)


NAGA Award:

found his long drives contributed to him winning the NAGA.

Raffle Winner:


Jeff Stevens celebrated his good day at Rossdale by winning the Picture raffle allowing him and three of his mates to play again at Rossdale with carts.

Birthday boys for February 2017

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

1st  Ray Desmond  73

7th  Ian Cornish  71

9th  Jack Rydel  61

11th  Peter Ross  68

15th  Warren Stahel  70

20th  Steven Hassan  68

22nd  Philip Horsburgh  64

25th  Trevor McGilton  76

26th  Bill Heron  72

28th  John Newby  65     Lindsay Quennell  79

Some club nostalgia:

Frank Taylor, who was Secretary at the time, proposed a club song which he wished to promote for use at future X'mas lunches or similar functions. We've just missed the chance at the AGM, but maybe in the future. As Frank stated - I'm sure we have musical talent and the ability to add further verses. Pianist and several singers are needed please!! The tune is "Champagne Charlie is my name."



Victorian Veterans are we
Every first Monday on the tee
We are the masters of the fairways
Veterans golfers are we.

V1. Victoria Veterans is our name
Jolly good golfing is our game
Experts of the art are we we we
Every first Monday on the tee tee tee
We are the masters of the fairways
Victorian Veterans are we

V2. See us lining up the flag
Choosing the right club from the bag
We hit our drives then we chip chip chip
And roll our putts past the lip lip lip
We're hardly ever in the bunkers
Veteran golfers are we

V3. We do not hit the ball very far
Or get too many under par
Sometimes our ball's in the ruff ruff ruff
We get it out with a puff puff puff
But you should see us when we're putting
Veteran golfers are we !


After the war:


The priest slid open the panel in the confessional, and the man said: Picture"Father, During World War II, a beautiful Jewish woman from our neighbourhood knocked urgently on my door and asked me to hide her from the Nazis. So, I hid her in my attic."

The priest replied: "That was a wonderful thing you did, and you have no need to confess that."

"There's more to tell, Father. She started to repay me with sexual favours. This happened several times a week, and sometimes twice on Sundays."

The priest said, "That was a long time ago and by doing what you did, you placed yourslef in great danger, but two people under those circumstances can easily succumb to the weakness of the flesh. However, if you are truly sorry for your actions, you are indeed forgiven."

"Thank you, Father. That's a great load off my mind. I do have one more question."

"And what is that?" asked the priest.


"Should I tell her the war is over?"

Next event:

Waterford Valley for the Thord Lorich Trophy starting at 7:15 on 06th March

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Last updated: 07 February 2017