President Donald welcomed us to Churchill Waverley
and asked all present to thank the club for the use of their excellent
facilities, and their generous donation of our main raffle prize. He
thanked his playing partners, Stan Odachowski, Laurie Comerford and
Trevor McGilton for their good company and their enduring patience as
he struggled to reacquaint himself with a golf ball. There followed a
delayed presentation to Noel Valle, our February winner of the Royce
Hollingworth trophy at Rossdale. Well done Noel !!
He said that today we had a total of 50 players including 1
guest, Mark Pearson, introduced by Trevor Spence. It is great to
report that Mark has since become a member of the club. Welcome
Donald also asked the members to put their hands together for our Captain, Harold Hayes, who did a terrific job arranging today's 4BBB Pairs competition under difficult circumstances. We will review our approach to the use of pairs/teams competitions within our syllabus, and streamline their execution. They are an essential part of the social charter that this club adheres to, namely the opportunity to meet and enjoy the company of fellow senior golfers. Suggestions such as a "mystery pairs" competition may help to make the starters life a bit easier. We are open to constructive ideas. Please contact our Captain Harold if you have any suggestions.
A very lengthy list of apologies for today (20) - Donald
Barrett, Hans Bleeker, Peter Brewster, Tom Buzza, Peter Charlewood,
Bernie Coyle, David Davies, Tom Govern, Neal Hills, Ian Hoskins, Chris
MacGeorge, Noel Manning, Alan Millard, Roger Selwood, Jeff Taylor
(non-playing), Barry Taylor, Christopher Tierney, Kelvin Tyler, Ray
Underwood, Colin Wiseman. We look forward to seeing the
'boys' back on course at Cranbourne.
As noted previously, we had 1 guest today and we welcome Mark
Pearson who received the customary golf ball.
Please note that when members bring a guest along please ask them for their Golflink Number, if they have one, or provide the Handicapper with a guideline to their playing standard.
Donald thanked Ronnie Chong and Robin Miller for a job well done under the usual trying circumstances associated with pairs competitions! We cannot proceed without volunteers to run these events every month, so please consider helping as it is a bit of fun and you will get to know more members of the club.
Donald said that the Committee had received a letter from Lindsay Quennell expressing his concern that we need to be more vigilant in regard to the care of members who become unwell while out on the golf course. We are at an age where such incidents do happen, particularly during hot and/or humid weather.
Lindsay stresses the absolute need to place a person who is experiencing breathing difficulties and/or chest pains (etc.), in a horizontal (lying-down) position until ambulance staff are in attendance. The Committee has undertaken to urgently review the type of procedures required for such emergencies. We have already consulted with a number of the 'host clubs' that we use within our syllabus to understand their approach. When we have completed our review, we will ask Lindsay to comment. We are also considering the possibility of a suitably qualified paramedic to come and brief the membership on best practice. We take our 'duty-of-care' responsibilities seriously, but please bear in mind that we can only do so, within the limitations of the resources at our disposal. Donald thanked Lindsay for his determination to see this matter addressed. The members will be appraised of our findings.
As an adjunct to this issue, members were requested to ensure that they have filled out their emergency details on the golf bag tag issued to the membership. Our motto must be "Tag the Bag!"
A reminder was given to members that ultimately, it is their responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary level of golf insurance in place in order to play golf on a frequent basis. A letter to this effect was issued to all members by our Secretary, Jeff Taylor. Please read it and make sure that you are covered.
A couple of golfing etiquette matters were raised:
a) please ensure that all pitch marks on the green are repaired as a courtesy to your fellow competitors.
b) any notices at a golf course which indicate that "this area is environmentally protected" must be honoured. 'do not enter' means precisely that. You are entitled to a 'free drop' with another ball should this happen.
Updates on the developments at both Centenary Park and Churchill
Waverley (Churchill Park and Waverley are now a merged entity) were
discussed. It is early days in both situations, but we do need to
stay abreast of both developments as they are regular 'host clubs' in
our annual golf schedule. Any further news will be advised to members
as and when we become aware of it.
He reminded us of our sponsorship from the House of Golf (Moorabbin), who are subsidising our monthly winners' vouchers and he urged us to support them. Please go and see Innes at his new super store near DFO at Moorabbin Airport.
Donald informed the members of our latest successes on the golf course.
First up was the recent VVGA event at Euroa GC. It was a 2-day pairs competition involving some 120 competitors from all over Victoria. We had 9 members representing our club (Jeff Taylor was a late withdrawal).
Although we were unable to quite match the tremendous achievements of 2016, where we took out both the individual and team titles, we did manage to pick up some prizes.
Laurie Comerford won 2 of the "nearest-the-pin" prizes while John Currie also won a "N-T-P" prize. There was some real controversy when it appeared that Gary Finnis and Daryl Edwards had the best score of the day, only to be disqualified because of an incorrect score card caused by their playing partners. Cruel luck indeed!!
Because of the hot and humid weather at Euroa, some of our members experienced some difficulties and had to retire early. This is yet another reminder that we need to know what procedures are in place to deal with health risks. We will be writing to the VVGA about their 'duty of care' procedures at Euroa (or indeed at any VVGA event). Their response will be interesting, and in conjunction with our own review, will be advised to the members in due course. Meanwhile, hearty congratulations go to our 9-man team of members!
Also in the news were:
Tom Buzza (25) finished 5 up to win the trophy at Brighton GC.
Malcolm Turner won B grade at Brighton on 11th March.
Peter Charlewood (26) had a nett 60 at Brighton.
Barry Pollock was a member of the team at Centenary Park which won the 4 person Ambrose competition last week. They had a nett 60 off a team handicap of 10.
Eight of our members (the Baker Bunch) who play at Centenary Park are involved in an 8-week stableford competition over each of the 4 seasons. The winner of the Summer 16/17 season comp was Ronnie Chong (now where have I heard that name before?) with a grand total of 56 points for the 18 holes at CP.
Recent winners of the Friday comp at Centenary Park are: - Alan Baker (41 pts) on March 3rd, Ian Lacey (41 pts) on 10th March and Reg Davey (39 pts) on 24th March.
Congratulations to all our winners !!
He asked if there were any more good performances but alas, no.
If you do win, please let me know as we sometimes miss the notices.
Donald reminded everyone that today was the last day to pay your annual subscriptions ($30) for 2017. Please see our Treasurer David to make your payment.
He stated that we need to keep bringing along new members because of natural 'attrition' affecting our membership numbers. He urged all members to look around and ask their friends to come along. 'Word of mouth' is still our best weapon for new members.
Please note that it may be useful for members to make use of the 'Club Business Cards' when you speak to friends, acquaintances and fellow golfers about our Club. The card includes our website address which they can use to find out a bit about the Vets. Easy to hand out when you meet an interested party.
Cards can be obtained from our Webmaster, Laurie Comerford on match days.
As always, he urged the members to join in
with the 'spirit of the club' by making use of the Club
Merchandise. Our strength in a social sense is our obvious
desire to be part of this great Club. A new addition to Daryl Edwards'
fashion line is a ripper hat to shield us from this magnificent
Melbourne sunshine. Daryl hopes to bring along a variety of hat
sizes so you can find one that fits and then place your order - $20 a hat. Sleeveless vests with the club logo can also be
ordered through Daryl.
It is up and running and continues to perform well.
Donald asked the members if they wished to raise any
issues. Nothing this month.
He then handed over to our Captain, Harold Hayes.
If you play with a photographer it's reasonable to expect you'll get a style analysis image.
Your webmaster, having had this lie today, felt it appropriate that Captain Harold organised George to explain about unplayable lies. After the drop, the fourth hit from here on a par 4 meant it was essential his playing partner had to do something special.
Harold Hayes (21) & Noel Valle (21) with 44 points won the Captain-Presidents Trophy.
Lance Bolam (18) & Rod Goode (18) with 40 points
3rd hole: Jeff Stevens 6th hole: Laurie Comerford
11th hole: George Weaver 17th hole: Rod Goode
38 points Chris Procter (33) & Robin Miller (36)
37 points George Weaver (15) & Michael Montgomery (36)
37 points Jeff Stevens (21) & (27)
37 points Laurie Comerford (15) & Trevor McGilton (36)
37 points Trevor Bottomley (18) & Philip Horsburgh (35)
wasn't content with picking up last month's Trophy, sharing today's win with Harold, but he added a voucher for 4 players with carts at Churchill/Waverley from the raffle. Sadly he had to pay for the armoured escort himself.
Congratulations and best wishes to our members whose birthday falls in April
1st Peter Charlewood 79
5th Dave Cureton 67 Tom Govern 73
6th Anthony French 70
7th Geoffrey Milne 67
9th Roland Neef 77
11th Faye Quennell 80
18th Bernie Coyle 71 Shay McQuade 61
19th John Molloy 70 Marg Holden 65
21st Lance Bolam 82
24th Ray Reed 83
25th Joe Cirnigliaro 73 Peter Bywaters 69
26th Reginald Davey 76
29th George Giles 82
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