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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

November 2017 Newsletter


President Donald welcomed us to Cranbourne Golf Club for the Australian Pensioners Trophy 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.  Cranbourne Golf Club as always were perfect hosts. The course was in very good condition and the lunch and clubhouse facilities were thoroughly enjoyed by the members. The weather was surprisingly good for the golf, despite the promise of some cold and damp conditions. On returning to active duty, Donald thanked all the members for their best wishes as he recovered from recent surgery.

Number of Players / Guests:

Donald said that today we had a total of 47 players which included 3 guests :- David Camino and James Flaagen were guests of Neil Wilson and Wayne Maher was a guest of Ronnie Chong. David Camino has now joined the Vets and we extend a warm welcome to David. Our guests received the usual complimentary golf balls.

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 continue to have a large number of apologies this month.   A total of 25 were absent.

Peter Brewster, Tom Buzza, Hugh Churchward, Taffy Davies, Chris Donald, John Farrow (attended lunch), Paul Haramis, George Giles, Bill Heron, John Hiscock, Phil Horsburgh, Alex Johnson, John Killmister, Gerard L'Huillier, Alan Millard, Robin Miller, Gary Morland, Roland Neef, Stan Odachowski, Roger Selwood, Peter Sloan, Barry Taylor, Malcolm Turner, Kelvin Tyler, Ray Underwood. We look forward to seeing the 'boys' back on course soon, together with a few other members who are currently a bit poorly. We wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing all of you at Waterford Valley GC on Monday 4th December at 7.15am.

Starters today:

Donald and the members thanked John Molloy, Rod Goode and Trevor Bottomley for a job well done in getting our groups off and running. He also expressed additional words of gratitude to John Molloy who has frequently stepped forward and done more than his fair share of starter duties. The Club is indebted to members like John who volunteer regularly to help in any way they can. Many thanks John! The '3 starter' model is reaping dividends as the workload is more evenly spread. 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:

President Donald remarked that next month brings us to another year end. How quickly time flies !!

Our monthly competition (Bob Leverington Perpetual) is at Waterford Valley GC on Monday 4th December at 7.15am. This is followed one week later by the highlight of our Vets year the annual 'Xmas Luncheon and Awards Function' which is to be held, as usual, at Rossdale GC on Monday 11th December, 2017.

Booking sheets for both events were circulated. If you wish to book for either event then please contact Harold Hayes (Golf on the 4th) and Jeff Taylor (Xmas Lunch on the 11th).

Our membership numbers are holding up despite the fact that in common with many golf clubs, the need to continually refresh our numbers is paramount. My thanks to everyone for their efforts to bring along potential new members, Neil Wilson being a good example of that this month. Well done Neil! 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. The membership sits at a total of 86 however I believe that a target of 100  would provide us with the opportunity to regularly turn out 55-65 members at each competition. This would provide for healthy competition whilst retaining the very special 'social' feel that there is to our Club.

'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.

Our Secretary, Jeff Taylor, has invited Innis to the Xmas function as a guest of the Club. I'm delighted to report that Innis has accepted and we hope to see him at Rossdale GC on the 11th of December. Please make him very welcome and be sure to go up to him and say 'G'day'.

Special Achievements:

Another quiet month in terms of achievements with a few successes being noted.
Here they are, in no particular order:

Hearty congratulations were extended to our worthy winners!

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

Club Merchandise :

Our Marketing Manager, Daryl Edwards, is always happy to arrange the delivery of Club merchandise at any of our events. If you need club shirts, sweaters etc. please contact Daryl.

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.

New additions to the web site are:

Question time :

There were no questions.

He then handed over to our Captain, Harold Hayes.




Overall winner:

Noel Manning (36) with 44 points won the Australian Pensioners Trophy

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  Declan Stephenson (20)  38 points

B Grade:  Reg Davey (24)  38 points

C Grade:  Peter Charlewood (28)  37 points

Nearest to the Pin:

3rd hole: Laurie Comerford  8th hole: Barry Pollock

12th hole:   14th hole: John Molloy

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Clearly James Packer couldn't live with it.

Balls down the line:

37 points  Laurie Comerford (16)  Al Abraham (23)  Hans Bleeker (36)

36 points  David Heraud (26)  Peter Ross (25)  Ken Pride (29)  Joe Cirnigliaro (36)  Jeff Taylor (31)

NAGA Award:

Daryl Edwards

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The only thing missing now is an eraser

Door prize Winners:


Noel Valle celebrated his good day at Cranbourne by winning the raffle allowing him and three of his mates to play again at Cranbourne with carts.

Can this bear assist in selecting the right club?.


Birthday boys for November 2017

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

9th  Barry Pollock  80

14th  John Sutherland  77

15th  David Shutler  66

16th  Garry Laird  70

20th  Peter Frost  62

22nd  John Marshall  65     Jeff Casley  62

23rd  Gary Finnis  72

24th  John Messing  67

27th  Christopher Thorne  59


Choose carefully:

A farmer has about 500 hens, but no rooster, and he wants chicks. So, he goes down the road to the next farmer and asks if he has a rooster that he would sell. The other farmer says, Picture"Yep, I've got this great rooster, named Kenny. He'll service every chicken you got, no problem. Kenny the rooster costs $300". A lot of money, but the farmer decides he'd be worth it. So, he buys Kenny.

The farmer takes Kenny home and sets him down in the barnyard, but first he gave the rooster a pep talk. "I want you to pace yourself now. You've got a lot of chickens to service here, and you cost me a lot of money. Consequently, I'll need you to do a good job. So, take your time and have some fun," the farmer said, with a chuckle.

Kenny seems to understand, so the farmer points toward the hen house and Kenny takes off like a shot. WOWIE!. Kenny nails every hen in the hen house three or four times, and the farmer is really amazed.

Soon after that, the farmer hears a commotion in the duck pen and, sure enough, Kenny is in there. Later, the farmer sees Kenny after a flock of geese down by the lake. Once again -  WOWIE!.  He gets all the geese. By sunset he sees Kenny out in the fields chasing quail and pheasants. The farmer seeing all this action starts to worry that his expensive rooster won't even last 24 hours.

Sure enough, when he wakes the next morning he finds Kenny on his back in the middle of the yard, mouth open, tongue hanging out and both feet sticking straight out. Buzzards are circling overhead.

The farmer, saddened by the loss of such a colourful and expensive animal, shakes his head and says, "Oh, Kenny, I told you to pace yourself. I tried to get you to slow down, now look Picturewhat you've done to yourself!"

Kenny opens one eye, nods toward the buzzards circling in the sky and says,

"Shhhh ... they're getting closer."

Next event:

Waterford Valley for the Bob Leverington Trophy starting at 7:15 on 04th December

 Roger Huxstep ☎ 0410 678 729 Chris Procter ☎ 03 9754 3081 or 0407 543 081 George Robinson ☎ 0419 888 568

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