President Donald welcomed us to Waterford Valley Golf Club for the Bob Leverington Perpetual 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. Waterford Valley Golf Club as always, were perfect hosts with Wesley their manager leading the way. Given the weekend of exceptionally wild weather, in particular unseasonably high rainfall, it was a miracle that any golf was played on this Monday. Nevertheless our stalwart Vets golfers played their competition despite some ongoing heavy showers. The course was playable if somewhat damp.
The lunch and clubhouse facilities were thoroughly enjoyed by the members.
Donald said that today we had a total of 54 players which included 1 guest, Tony Villani, who was a guest of Harold Hayes. Tony has now joined the Vets and we extend a warm welcome to him. He received the usual 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.
Chris Donald, Ian Hoskins, John Killmister, John Molloy, Roland Neef, Stan Odachowski, Peter Sloan, 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 Keysborough GC on Monday 15th January 2018 at 7.15am.
President Donald passed on the news that Hugh Churchward our oldest member at 92 years of age, had a fall at home recently and is currently being treated in hospital. We all wish Hugh a full and speedy recovery.
Donald and the members thanked Roger Huxstep, Chris Proctor and George Robinson for a job well done in getting our groups off and running. The '3 starter' model introduced by our Captain (Harold Hayes) 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.
President Donald reminded members that our Xmas Luncheon will take place next Monday (11/12/2017) and to date we have over 100 people attending (members, partners and guests). Once again we have a wonderful turnout for our main social event of the year. This is due in no small way to the terrific work being done by our Club Secretary, Jeff Taylor. On behalf of the members, many thanks Jeff ! The Committee is looking forward to welcoming everyone to Rossdale Golf Club at 12.15pm next Monday.
Donald informed the members present that after holding our match day fees to $40 for the past 8 years, the Committee is recommending an increase of $5 to our match day fees. This recommendation will be tabled at our AGM in February 2018 at which point we will look for the support of our membership. With host clubs increasing their green fees and despite the great work being done by our Treasurer, David Vine and Daryl Edwards/John Hiscock with the raffle, we are steadily eroding our 'cash-in-hand' bank balance. This situation is clearly untenable. It is proposed to raise the fees to $45 from March 2018.
It is pleasing to note that our membership numbers in 2017 are still increasing which is a wonderful achievement. My thanks to everyone for their efforts to bring along potential new members. We still have room for more new members so please keep promoting our Club as you are all doing a wonderful job.
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.
We are delighted that Innis has accepted our invitation to the Xmas Luncheon. Please make him very welcome.
Another quiet month in terms of achievements with a few successes being noted.
Here they are, in no particular order ;
Jeff Taylor won the par comp at Patterson River GC on November 10th with an incredible score of plus 8. Well played Jeff! Needless to say that Jeff's handicap is on a 'crash diet' these days.
Trevor McGilton won the 'C' grade comp at Brighton GC in mid-November. In the stroke competition, he had a nett 62 off a 33 handicap. Congratulations Trevor!
Laurie Comerford, won the Thursday comp at Patterson River on November 16th with a total of 42pts off a 15 handicap. Well done Laurie!
Ken Pride managed to win the Pro Comp at Rossdale GC not once but twice in November! Fantastic golf Ken! On 23rd November he won with a total of 42pts (h/cap 27) while on the 30th of November he won with 39pts (h/cap 26)
Hearty congratulations were extended to our worthy winners!
If you do win, please let me know as we sometimes miss the notices.
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. We do like to see our members in Club uniforms. May I also remind everyone that we are guests at each of the golf clubs we visit. As such, we are obliged to observe the same dress code as the members of that club.
President Donald indicated that early in 2018 we will conduct an online survey into the use of the Club's website by our members. It will focus on how the system is used by our members on a day-to-day basis, what are the likes and dislikes associated with the website. Our Webmaster, Laurie Comerford will be in touch in the New Year when he will explain what the aims of the survey are intended to be. Please take the time to provide the necessary feedback which we can share with the members.
Please continue to make use of our website. It is the central point of our Club's administration systems. Laurie is happy to answer any questions you may have. Please note that we will continue to communicate with all our members, be they online with a computer or not.
There were no questions.
He then handed over to our Captain, Harold Hayes.
Neither the President or Captain made mention of a couple of aspects of Waterford Valley which appealed to our photographer.
The symetry of reflections in this green side bunker reflected why bunker haters appreciated the local rules of the day.
Peter Bimbi (16) with 39 points won the Bob Leverington Trophy
He received a $40 House of Golf voucher for his effort.
A Grade: Trevor Bottomley (17) 36 points
B Grade: Daryl Edwards (23) 37 points
C Grade: Joe Cirnigliaro (36) 37 points
2nd hole: Peter Bimbi 5th hole: Roger Selwood
13th hole: Laurie Comerford 17th hole: Daryl Edwards
37 points Ken Pride (27)
36 points Terry Donohue (17)
35 points Jeff Stevens (21) Tom Buzza (29)
34 points Al Abraham (20) David Heraud (25)
33 points Noel Manning (34)
32 points Philip Horsburgh (33)
Daryl Edwards celebrated his good day at Waterford Valley by winning the raffle allowing him and three of his mates to play again at Waterford Valley (with carts?).
Who needs to carry their clubs and bag. An adequate supply of food and drink overcomes all difficulties.
Congratulations and best wishes to our members whose birthday falls in December
5th Yvonne Daniel 74
8th Valerie Purves 68
10th Mick Kelly 69
12th Innes Ireland 51
13th Terry Donohue 71
16th Chris Procter 71
17th Al Abraham 70
19th Graeme Hallam 74 Jeff Taylor 76
20th Christopher Tierney 68
22nd John Matthews 71 Tom Buzza 72
27th George Robinson 75
30th Donald Barrett 82
She was standing in the kitchen, preparing our usual soft-boiled eggs and toast for breakfast, wearing only the 'T' shirt that she normally slept in.
As I walked in, almost awake, she turned to me and said softly, "You've got to make love to me this very moment!".
My eyes lit up and I thought, "I am either still dreaming or this is going to be my lucky day!".
She looked so desirable, I couldn't resist and not wanting to lose the moment, I embraced her and then gave it my all right there on the kitchen bench.
Afterwards she said, "Thanks," and returned to the stove, her T-shirt still around her neck.
Happy, but a little puzzled, I asked, 'What was that all about?".