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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

July 2017 Newsletter

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President Donald welcomed us to Southern Golf Club for the 'Alf Jones Trophy' stableford competition and asked all present to thank the club for the use of their excellent facilities, and their generous donation of our main raffle prize. By all accounts the golf course was in very good condition for a bright but cold winter's morning. Unable to play through injury, Donald was delighted to join another couple of 'recovering golfers', Stan Odachowski and David Vine for a morning coffee.

Number of Players / Guests:

Donald said that today we had a total of 50 players which included 2 guests :- Peter Fischer was a guest of Al Abraham, and Ron Dixon was a guest of John Farrow. We are delighted to welcome 2 new members to our Club today, Peter Sloan who was our guest at last month's event and Peter Fischer from today's guest list. A very warm welcome is extended to both "Peters", and we hope they will enjoy life 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 14 apologies noted today. Chris Proctor had to pull out after a few holes with a sore back. The golfer's curse!
Laurie Comerford, Reg Davey, Chris Donald, Tom Govern,Paul Haramis, John Killmister, Gerard L'Huillier, Chris MacGeorge, Trevor McGilton, Gary Morland, Ken Pride, Roger Selwood, Jeff Stevens, Neil Wilson and Colin Wiseman.

We look forward to seeing the 'boys' back on course at Patterson River GC on Monday 7th August at 8am.

Starters today:

Donald and the members thanked George Weaver, Noel Manning and Philip Horsburgh for a job well done, especially in such cold weather. A special 'thank you' was mentioned for Phil Horsburgh as he clocked up 2 months in a row as a starter. Well done Phil !! 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 informed the membership of the recent passing of a former member, Dave da Fonte on June 2nd, 2017. Our thoughts are with Dave's family.
We were all saddened to hear about the passing last week of Gerry O'Connor's wife following a brave battle over a number of years. The thoughts and prayers of all the members are with Gerry in this difficult time.
Another recent member, Chris Donald, is battling serious illness and we wish Chris the very best of luck  as he recovers from his operation. We hope to see Chris back at the Vets in the coming months.
Regrettably, Mario Andreola has had to tender his resignation from the Vets as he is finding it too difficult to tackle the golf course on a regular basis. We wish Mario all the best for the future.

He then reminded the members of our upcoming event at Eagle Ridge in a couple of weeks :-

Our annual event for the Winter Challenge 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 please contact Harold Hayes. Please bring your $40 along on the day.

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.

'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:

Achievements by our members on the broader stage were a little sparse in June. Here they are, 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.

What we do have this month is a remarkable achievement that has strong connections to our Club although it does not involve the sport of golf.  Yes ! there is another world out there! As you may have noticed, the premier sailing competition, the 'Americas Cup' was held in Bermuda recently and it was won by Team NZ who thrashed Team USA by 7-1. You may also know that the NZ skipper is in fact an Aussie. Not only that, his name is Glenn Ashby and he is the son-in-law of one of our members, Trevor Bottomley! Congratulations Trevor ! A very proud family no less.

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. George Giles asked if the 4-man teams for Eagle Ridge could be circulated to members, prior to the event. Captain Harold said that it would be possible to do so. In addition the Holden Scramble rules can be viewed at:
Holden Scramble Rules
George Weaver asked if the Club should consider using nominated 'tee-off' times to improve the efficiency of getting players out on to the course. This could avoid players having to wait for up to an hour on a cold morning before starting their round.  It was reported that this had been tried in the past but considerable problems arose when some members failed to show up at their alloted time.   The delays at Southern this morning were exacerbated by the pro-shop holding back our 1st tee-off time until nearly 8.30am, to accommodate their own members. This will require to be reviewed for our next visit.

He then handed over to our Captain, Harold Hayes. 




Overall winner:

Philip Horsburgh (36) with 45 points won the Alf Jones Trophy

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  Terry Donohue (15)  37 points

B Grade:  Trevor Spence (22)  37 points

C Grade:  Bill Frey (31)  39 points

Nearest to the Pin:

3rd hole: Peter Sloan  6th hole: Trevor Bottomley

12th hole: Trevor Spence  16th hole: Terry Donohue

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At least he got the arithmetic right, even if not at first try.

Balls down the line:

37 points  Peter Bimbi (18)  Peter Charlewood (30)

36 points  Trevor Bottomley (18)

35 points  David Heraud (28)

34 points  John Hiscock (17)  Tom Buzza (31)

33 points  Al Abraham (25)  Gary Walters (22)

NAGA Award:

Harold Hayes

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Caution, your marker may not go along with this!!

Door prize Winners:


Ray Desmond celebrated his good day at Southern by winning the raffle allowing him and three of his mates to play again at Southern with carts.

Considering the maximum speed of a golf cart, does it need mag wheels ?


Results from 'Eagle Ridge' 4 man Ambrose

Overall winners:

59¼ Trevor Bottomley, Taffy Davies, John Killmister & Michael Montgomery (14)
   won the Winter Classic.

They each received a $30 House of Golf voucher for their efforts.

Runners up:

64 Bernie Coyle, Peter Fischer, Jeff Taylor (15) & Colin Wiseman

Nearest to the Pin:

6th hole: Trevor Bottomley  8th hole: Noel Valle

11th hole: John Molloy  17th hole:

Balls down the line:

64 Peter Bimbi, Ronnie Chong, Alex Johnson & Peter Sloan (14)

64 John Hiscock, Daryl Edwards, Roger Huxstep & Noel Manning (14)

Birthday boys for July 2017

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

2nd  Donald MacDonald  71     Mike Hoyle  68

17th  Patrick Ryan  66

19th  David Heraud  59

20th  Rod Seach  67

30th  Roger Selwood  70

31st  Tess Killmister  69


Who ?:

A couple was invited to a swanky masked party. The wife came down with a headache and told her husband to go to the party without her and have a good time. Being the devoted husband, he protested, but she argued and said she was going to take some aspirin and go to bed. She said there was no need for him to miss the fun. Reluctantly, he took his costume and away he went.


The wife, after sleeping soundly for an hour, woke without pain, and as it was still early, she decided to go to the party. Since her husband did not know what her costume was, she thought she would have some kicks watching him to see how he acted when she was not around. She joined the party and soon spotted her husband cavorting around on the dance floor. He was dancing with every beautiful girl he could, all the while, copping a feel here, and stealing a little kiss there.


His wife sidled up to him, and being a rather seductive babe herself, he immediately left his current dance floor partner and devoted his time to the new "action." She let him flirt and tease as much as he wished, and in fact, encouraged his actions somewhat. Finally he whispered a little proposition in her ear and she agreed. Off they went to a bedroom for a secret "quickie."

Before unmasking at midnight, she slipped out, went home, put the costume away and got into bed. She was quite curious as to what kind of explanation he might have for his notorious behavior.


She was sitting up reading when he came in, and she asked him how it was. He said, "Oh, you know, same old thing. I never have a good time when you're not there."  Then she asked, "Well, did you dance much?"

He replied, "I'll tell you Sweetheart, I never even danced once. When I got to the party, I met Pete, Bill and some of the other guys...we just went into the den and played poker all evening."  Picture"Oh, Really?" commented the wife.

"Yeah," he said. "But I'll tell you one thing... the guy who used my costume sure had a helluva time!"

Next event:

Patterson River for the Ray Underwood Trophy starting at 8:00 on 07th August

 Alex Johnson ☎ 0477 662 000 John Molloy ☎ 03 9583 5331 or 0430 500 905

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