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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

June 2017 Newsletter

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President Donald welcomed us to Keysborough Golf Club and asked all present to thank the club for the use of their excellent facilities, and their generous donation of our main raffle prize. His playing partners on a rather cool morning were Peter Bimbi, Ian Hoskins  and the indomitable George Giles. Once again we had to endure a slow and lengthy competition round which will necessitate a further look at our on-course behaviours.

Emergency Procedures:

A special presentation, prior to our normal lunchtime activities, focused on the need to be well-informed about the key priorities, should any of our playing group become unwell while out on the course.  Lindsay Quennell (retired doctor) gave a brief and practical explanation as to why we should know what to do, in what sequence, and as timeously as possible when a player falls ill. It could save a person's life.

Lindsay has been the driving force in raising the awareness of good emergency procedures within our Club. As Lindsay freely admitted, he could not have brought his ideas to fruition without the sterling support of our Secretary, Jeff Taylor. Jeff consulted with other golf clubs and medical organisations, including Ambulance Victoria, engaging in a power of work to complete the initiative. There were 2 deliverables from all this work.

Each member received a 'bag tag' which clearly spells out what to do in the unfortunate event of someone taking ill. If you were unable to collect your tag today, please speak to Jeff who will arrange one for you.

The 2nd deliverable was a smartphone 'app' called 'emergency+' which was recommended by Ambulance Victoria. Not only does it validate the correctness of our new emergency procedures, this 'app' uses GPS to physically identify your location to Ambulance Victoria. This could be crucial information in an emergency. If you are a routine smartphone user, download this free 'app' from either the 'Apple' store or the 'Google Android' store. If you need any assistance, please contact Jeff. Our heartfelt thanks go to both Lindsay and Jeff for this magnificent initiative.

Number of Players / Guests:

Donald said that today we had a total of 57 players which included 4 guests :- Peter Jackson was a guest of Trevor Bottomley, Brett Youll was a guest of David Heraud, Bob Millar was a guest of Ray Underwood, and Peter Sloan was a guest of Barry Taylor. We are delighted to welcome Brett as a new member of our Club, having signed-up today. A very warm welcome is extended to all our guests, and we hope to see them again as Club members. Each guest received a complimentary golf ball.

Please note that when members bring a guest along, please ask them for their Golflink number. Otherwise provide our Handicapper, Ray Desmond, with a guideline as to their playing standard.


We had 15 apologies mainly due to colds and flu etc. together with some folks being on holiday.

Lance Bolam, Terry Brownscombe, Hugh Churchward, Bernie Coyle, John Farrow, Neal Hills, John Hiscock, John Killmister, Gerard L'Huillier, Ian Lacey, Chris MacGeorge, Trevor McGilton, Stan Odachowski, Ken Pride and Christopher Tierney. We look forward to seeing the 'boys' back on course at Southern GC on Monday 3rd July at 8am.

Starters today:

Donald and the members thanked Peter Ross, Colin Wiseman and Philip Horsburgh for a job well done, especially on such a cold morning. As previously mentioned, 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. Now that there is a requirement for 3 starters, the need for volunteers becomes even more pressing. Please help your Club.

Membership News:

Donald welcomed back both Jeff Taylor and Club Treasurer, David Vine following recent surgeries. Jeff is now back on the golf course while David has a few months yet to see out his recovery. He was also very pleased to report that John Farrow has just had a successful procedure to instal a pacemaker. Hopefully we'll see John back in a few weeks.

He then reminded the members of our upcoming event at Eagle Ridge in July :-

The Winter Challenge Trophy:

Our annual event for this trophy will be played at Eagle Ridge GC on Monday 17th July at 7.30am. This is a magnificent course on the Mornington Peninsula. It will be a 4-person ambrose tournament which will be much more efficient than the previous 2-person format. Captain Harold will explain the detail of these rules nearer the time. The cost per player is $40 which gives you 18 holes, a cart and a most enjoyable lunch. There will be a raffle on the day, the prize being a voucher for 18 holes at Eagle Ridge (4 players and free carts). If you wish to play, and haven't yet paid, then please bring your $40 along to Southern GC on Monday 3rd July. Club Treasurer David Vine will collect the event fees.

Our membership numbers continue to grow, which is a fantastic result!  My thanks to everyone for their efforts to bring along potential new members. We are a successful and happy social golf club, but we do have room for some more new members. Please keep promoting our Club as you are all doing a wonderful job.

Our website is also an opportunity to attract new members and this will likely increase in the years to come as this 'social media' world we live in, continues to expand.

'House of Golf' Sponsorship:

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, Moorabbin Airport in Cheltenham.

Special Achievements:

In no particular order:

Hearty congratulations were extended to all our worthy winners!

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

Club Merchandise:

 As always, he urged the members to join in with the 'spirit of the club' by making use of the Club Merchandise. It helps to generate a sense of 'belonging', adding to the social strengths of our Club. Our Marketing Manager, Daryl Edwards, will be happy to oblige with any queries.

Vets Web Site :

Please continue to make use of our website. It is the central point of our Club's administration systems. Our Webmaster, Laurie Comerford, is happy to answer any questions you may have. We will continue to communicate with all our members, be they online with a computer or not.

Question time :

Donald asked the members if they wished to raise any issues.   Nothing for this month.

He then handed over to our Captain, Harold Hayes. 

Message from the Secretary

  1. Go to your App Store and download this app to your phone: 'Emergency+'
  2. Alternatively go to Ambulance Victoria and they will link you to the app store and the app.
  3. Once downloaded strongly suggest you drag it to your 'home screen' for the quickest access possible.
  4. Also strongly suggest you spread the message to family and friends that this app is what Ambulance Victoria want people to use because it gives them the geographical coordinates as to precisely where you are.
  5. The app looks like this:


Keysborough - today, 'the big smile' Joe Cirnigliaro seeing the photographer in action requested he join in. He did with the following results:


Intitially, the kiddies wheels weren't properly attached producing this result which Joe indicated by temporally forgetting his smile. We all agreed though that the ball went at least 20m.


Fortunately, later, things went better and Joe can use these images to contemplate his style.




Overall winner:

Ray Desmond (26) with 42 points won the Keith Allen Trophy

Our winners receive a $40 House of Golf voucher for their effort.

Grade winners

A Grade:  Brett Youl (11)  36 points

B Grade:  Chris Procter (24)  37 points

C Grade:  Tom Buzza (31)  34 points

Nearest to the Pin:

3rd hole: Chris Procter  8th hole: Peter Bimbi

12th hole: John Currie  15th hole: Reginald Davey

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There's hope for the world yet as our students display lateral logic.

Balls down the line:

34 points  Peter Bimbi (18)  Barry Pollock (26)  Ian Hoskins (22)  Al Abraham (25)  George Robinson (24)  David Heraud (28)

33 points  Chris Donald (15)  Roger Selwood (23)

NAGA Award:

Roger Huxstep

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We're is philosopical mode this month. We trust our NAGA winner can relax too.

Door prize Winners:


Philip Horsburgh celebrated his good day at Keysborough by winning the raffle allowing him and three of his mates to play again at Keysborough with carts.

Normally this style of cart is a bit overdone for Keysborough - but you never know.


Birthday boys for June 2017

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

3rd  Mark Pearson  60

8th  David Paterson  67

9th  Ian Richards  64

28th  Alan Baker  72     Trevor Bottomley  65

30th  Hans Bleeker  79     Alex Johnson  71


Motel offer:

Donald Duck and Daisy Duck were spending the night together in a hotel room and Donald wanted to make love to Daisy.

The first thing Daisy asked was, "Do you have a condom?"

Donald frowned and said, "No."


Daisy told Donald that if he didn't get a condom, they could not make love.

"Maybe they sell them at the front desk," she suggested.

So Donald went down to the lobby and asked the hotel clerk if they had condoms.

"Yes, we do," the clerk said and pulled a box out from under the counter and gave it to Donald.  The clerk asked, "Would you like me to put them on your bill?"

"Thit No!" Donald quacked, "I'd thuffocate!" .

Next event:

Southern for the Alf Jones Trophy starting at 8:00 on 03rd July

 Philip Horsburgh ☎ 0402 076 916 Noel Manning ☎ 03 9889 0588 or 0408 638 978 George Weaver ☎ 03 9785 9019 or 0403 164 180

Eagle Ridge for the Winter Classic starting at 8:00 on 17th July

 Bernie Coyle ☎ 03 5644 3279 or 0411 418 759 Jeff Stevens ☎ 0408 222 128

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