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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

March 2018 Newsletter

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President Donald welcomed us to Waterford Valley Golf Club for the Thord Lorich 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. The lunch and clubhouse facilities were thoroughly enjoyed by the members, as was the golf course in what were, very pleasant weather conditions.

Neal Hills: On the Friday before last (23 Feb), we sadly lost one of our longstanding members, Neal Hills, who passed away after a brief stay in hospital. Neal was 82 years of age. All present stood for a minute's silence in memory of Neal.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Elaine and the family.  Subsequently, there was a good turnout by the Vets at Neal's funeral.

Number of Players / Guests:

Donald said that today we had a total of 63 players which included 4 guests, each of whom received a complimentary golf ball. It was another large turnout today which is great to see! Donald expressed his thanks to our Captain, Harold Hayes and our Vice-Captain, Jeff Stevens. The matchday team are clearly doing a fantastic job! Our 4 guests were ; Don Barbour, guest of Roger Selwood. Ian Richards, guest of Neil Wilson. Richard Potter, guests of Jeff Taylor. Donald Harrowell, guest of Peter Charlewood.

As is our custom, we extended a very warm welcome to our guests, inviting them to consider joining the Vets as members. I'm delighted to report that all 4 guests have now joined the Vets.

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.


There were 15 apologies this month.
Al Abraham, Lance Bolam, Rex Buckeridge, Chris Donald, Gary Finnis, Tom Govern, Harold Hayes, David Heraux, Ian Hoskins, Roger Huxstep, Gerard L'Huillier, Alan Millard, Stan Odachowski, Chris Procter, Malcolm Turner.
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 Churchill/Waverley GC on Monday 9th April 2018 at 7.15am.

Starters today:

Donald and the members thanked John Molloy, Joe Cirnigliaro and George Robinson for a job well done in getting such a large field off and running. Once again, a special mention to Jeff Stevens, our Vice-Captain, who not only stood in for our Captain, but somehow managed to assist our starters at the same time!
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 reminded members that our matchday fees were now $45 per event. This increase was passed at our 2018 AGM, effective from March 2018.

Correct Golfing Attire:

The President was at pains to remind members that when we visit all of the golf clubs to run our competitive events, we are subject to the same dress code rules as the members, and thereby we must wear the appropriate golfing attire, without exception. It is a very simple statement of fact that if you wish to play these courses, then please observe the rules!  Otherwise we may be asked to leave. If you are unsure of the dress code then please look up the host club's website, where you will usually find out what is required. No cargo pants, sports gear, tee-shirts or denim etc. You can see our Marketing Manager, Daryl Edwards, who will be delighted to order and deliver, our Club merchandise for very reasonable prices.

It is pleasing to note that our membership numbers in 2018 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.

'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:

A very good month in terms of achievements with many successes being noted.
Here they are, in no particular order;

  • Noel Valle won the monthly comp on Sunday 11th Feb held by the Wanderers social golf club at Kingston Links. He had 42pts (h/cap 25).
  • Don Barrett had a couple of wins at Brighton GC. On Wed 21 Feb he won the par comp "6 up" but had to rely on a countback to beat another of the mighty Vets, Peter Fischer!! 'No comment' was Peter's response when asked to describe his feelings! Don also won on Wed 14 Feb with a total of 43 pts (h/cap 22).
  • David Heraud was a member of the mixed Ambrose team that won the event at Brighton on Wed 28 Feb.
  • Peter Ross won 'C' grade at Ringwood on Sat 10th Feb with a nett 66.
  • Kel Tyler won at Riversdale GC on 2 recent occasions. On 23 Jan  he won with a total of 43 pts (h/cap  28) and followed that up with another win on 13 Feb scoring 44 pts (h/cap 26).
  • Alex Johnson also had a couple of wins down at Brighton GC. On 20 Jan he won 'C' grade with a nett 59 (h/cap 36). On 7 Feb he won the Wed comp with 44 pts (h/cap 32).
  • I've left the best till last. Karl Lindberg managed that rare feat of a "hole-in-1"at Brighton GC on Wed 7th Feb. For those of you that know the course, Karl's "wonder shot" was at the 13th hole. Terrific stuff Karl!!  Congratulations!

Hearty congratulations were extended to our worthy winners!
My apologies for any achievements that were overlooked.

If you do win, please let me know (call or text 0414 446 636, or email me at dmacd8@hotmail.com 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. We do like to see our members in Club uniforms, as we strongly value the 'social' aspects of our Club as well as the golf. The uniform engenders a spirit of 'belonging' within the club, a club by the way that has been around since 1949. This creates a 'true sense of camaraderie' that we value at this Club. Please wear your Club colours and badges at all our events. Thank you.

Vets Web Site :

President Donald confirmed that our webmaster, Laurie Comerford has been undertaking a survey of the members views on the suitability of our Club website. If you haven't as yet responded, could you please take a moment and give us your thoughts on the specific points that Laurie has raised.
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.

Question time :

There were no questions.

He then handed over to our Vice-Captain, Jeff Stevens.


Roland Neef displays his putting style.     Rapt attention for President Donald

Changes to rules of Golf

The rules of golf are to be substantially changed commencing from 1st January 2019

The changes will make the game more in line with common sense and allow for practices which are commonly used by social players in order to enjoy the game rather than following rules which are obscure in intent, but must be followed in competitions.

Starting in the August newsletter we will describe some of the new rules as they will affect us in our matches from January next year.

In the December newsletter we will provide a printable list of the significant rules which have been changed.

Captain Harold, has alos advised that his team of rules gurus will give us some tips on rules over the next few meetings




Overall winner:

Noel Manning (33) with 45 points won the Thord Lorich Trophy

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  Trevor Spence (19)  43 points

B Grade:  Roger Selwood (22)  43 points

C Grade:  Karl Lindberg (30)  38 points

Nearest to the Pin:

2nd hole: Mick Kelly  5th hole: Alan Grisdale

13th hole: Declan Stephenson  17th hole: Trevor Spence

Captain joke image not yet available

This student will have no trouble getting a job with Microsoft.

Balls down the line:

43 points  Trevor Bottomley (16)

39 points  Tom Buzza (28)

37 points  Ronnie Chong (20)  Gary Morland (19)  John Field (10)  John Hiscock (18)  Terry Donohue (17)

NAGA Award:

Jeff Taylor

Naga image not yet available
It probably felt like this.

Door prize Winners:


Don Barbour 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.

This month's cart set have been bleached - presumably imported from Alice Springs


Birthday boys for March 2018

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

1st  Jeff Stevens  66

3rd  Derek MacCallum  62

4th  Bruce Keenan  72

8th  Brian Guinane  84

11th  Ian Hoskins  67     Colin Wiseman  70

14th  David Vine  75

16th  Donald Barber  59

22nd  Sam Pilcher  70

26th  Leo Hiku  72

27th  Harold Hayes  73

29th  Bernard De Robillard  64

31st  Bill Frey  82     Daryl Edwards  76


Grand father:


A woman in a supermarket is following a grandfather and his badly behaved 3-year-old grandson.
It's obvious to her that he has his hands full with the child screaming for candy in the candy aisle, cookies in the cookie aisle and for fruit, cereal and soda in the other aisles.

Meanwhile, Grandpa is working his way around, saying in a controlled voice, "Easy William, we won't be long . . . easy, boy". Another outburst and she hears the grandpa calmly say, "It's okay, William, just a couple more minutes and we'll be out of here. Hang in there, boy."

At the checkout, the little terror is throwing items out of the cart and Grandpa says again in a controlled voice, "William, William, relax buddy, don't get upset. We'll be home in five minutes, stay cool, William."

Very impressed, the woman goes outside where the grandfather is loading his groceries and the boy into the car. She says to the elderly man, "It's none of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don't know how you did it. That whole time you kept your composure, Picture and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying 'things would be okay.' William is very lucky to have you as his grandpa."

"Thanks," said the grandpa,

"but I'm William. The little brat's name is Kevin"

Next event:

Churchill/Waverley for the Captain-Presidents Trophy starting at 7:15 on 09th April

 Harold Hayes ☎ 03 9570 4759 or 0408 558 260 Noel Manning ☎ 03 9889 0588 or 0408 638 978 Ray Underwood ☎ 03 9583 8637 or 0419 951 165

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