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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

April 2018 Newsletter

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President Donald welcomed us to Churchill/Waverley Golf Club for the 4BBB Captain's/President's Trophy competition and hoped that we had all enjoyed today's 4BBB format as something different. He asked all present to thank the club for the use of their excellent facilities, and their generous donation of our main raffle prize.  The lunch and clubhouse facilities were thoroughly enjoyed by the members, as was the golf course in what were, very pleasant weather conditions. He also mentioned that today was the last day for the payment of the 2018 annual subs ($30 per member). Our Club Treasurer David Vine, would be happy to accept cash payments or EFT transactions.

Number of Players / Guests:

Donald said that today we had a total of 59 players which included 1 guest, who received a complimentary golf ball. It was another large turnout today which is good to see! Donald expressed his thanks to our Captain, Harold Hayes and his matchday team who are clearly doing a fantastic job! Ron Wells was a guest of Neil Wilson.

As is our custom, we extended a very warm welcome to Ron, inviting him to consider joining the Vets as a member.

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 14 apologies this month.
Terry Brownscombe, Gary Finnis, Peter Fischer, Tom Govern, Alan Grisdale, Gerard L'Huillier, Alan Millard, Roland Neef, Stan Odachowski, Barry Pollock, Richard Potter, Jeff Stevens, Christopher Thorne, Kelvin Tyler. We look forward to seeing the 'boys' back on course soon, together with a few other members who are currently a bit poorly; hopefully at Cranbourne GC on Monday 14th May 2018 at 8am.

**** Please note that this is the first of our winter tee times. ****

Starters today:

Donald and the members thanked Ray Underwood, Noel Manning and John Molloy for a job well done in getting such a large field off and running while managing the pairs format. 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 mentioned that Lang Lang Golf Club will be running a series of 4BBB events around Anzac Day at extremely keen prices. Golf fees are only $10 per player per round, with a range of other prizes thrown in. If you wish to find out more please contact Laurie Comerford who will be sending out an email to all members this week, which will have the details of these events. As you know, we will be playing the Lang Lang golf course in August this year, so this would be an ideal opportunity to try out the course.

'House of Golf' Sponsorship / New Members / Club Attire:

He gave us the usual reminders on the importance 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.

He also mentioned the need to continually seek out new members which will help the club grow further, in addition to compensating for the natural attrition in our membership numbers that goes with being a seniors club.

He stressed the absolute imperative that we have as members to wear the correct golfing attire when we visit our host clubs. We are subject to the same rules as the members of these clubs. Wearing the club colours is a good platform to establish the correct behaviours. Our Marketing Manager, Daryl Edwards is happy to provide the necessary items of clothing.

Special Achievements:

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

  • Jeff Taylor had an excellent victory on Tuesday 20th March down at Patterson River GC whilst playing in the Tuesday Shield. Jeff had a score of 42pts playing off a handicap of 33.
  • Jeff also won at Patt River on Tuesday April 3rd with a total of 43 pts playing off a handicap of 32. Terrific golf Jeff!
  • John Sutherland won the Red Cross Charity event at Brighton GC on 17th March against a field of some 80 golfers. John had a score of nett 60 (h/cap 17) to win the event. Well played John!
  • John also won the VGL (Victorian Golf League) medal that day.
  • David Vine won 'B' grade on April 6th at Keysborough GC with a total of 41pts (h/cap 16). Top golf David !!
  • Unconfirmed reports have it that Terry Brownscombe had a 'hole-in-1' at Keysborough GC. More to follow on this one.
  • Don Barrett won at Brighton on 7th March (on a c/b !) with a total of 42pts (h/cap 20).
  • Don also had a win at Brighton on 21st March with a total of 39pts (h/cap 19). Superb golf Don!!
  • Peter Charlewood had an unbelievable score of '9 up' to win at Brighton on 14th March. Peter plays off a h/cap of 25 (or at least, he used to !!) Great golf Peter !!
  • Rod Goode won at Scotchman's Creek on April 6th with a score of plus 4 (h/cap 24). Well played Rod!
  • Bert de Luca won at Brighton on March 28th with a score of '4 up' (h/cap 27). Congrats Bert!
  • Peter Sloan won at Cheltenham on March 8th with a total of 41 pts (h/cap 36). Well done Peter!
  • Laurie Comerford won at Patterson River on April 10th with a total of 39 pts (h/cap 15). Well done Laurie!

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.

It would appear that a number of our members are involved in the VGL Seniors Pennant and may wish to communicate their successes to our membership. Over to you guys!

The President reminded us that only those achievements based on Golflink handicaps should be reported.

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 Club Website :

President Donald confirmed that our Webmaster, Laurie Comerford has completed his survey of the members views on the suitability of our Club website. Donald thanked all the members who had responded and said that Laurie will discuss the findings at Committee and then provide feedback to 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 using a computer at all.

Question time :

There were no questions.

He then handed over to our Captain, Harold Hayes. 

VVGA 4 ball championship


The VVGA 4 ball championships were held at Yarram this year. As organised by past President Bernie Coyle a team from our Club attended, but with little of the 'near miss' stories from other years.

Unfortunately Bernie was taken ill at the last minute and left Daryl Edwards without a partner.  Daryl responded by being unfit himself with back pains, but indicated he enjoyed looking around the town.

The results for the Club members were as follows:

The scoring system provides for a best ball handicap adjusted 2 round stroke score and the winners had scores in the low 120s.

Laurie Comerford picked up a nearest the pin on the 218m first.

The other notable event was the look on Ray Underwood's face when he picked up his parma at the Yarram Country Club.  If he'd had a doggy bag for the remnants after he finished, it would have needed to be mastiff sized.

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Overall winners:

Trevor Spence (19) & John Killmister (32) with 45 points won the Captain-Presidents Trophy.

Runners up:

Reginald Davey (22) & Philip Horsburgh (34) with 44 points

Nearest to the Pin:
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If you feel shaken up by this late discovery, join the clan.

3rd hole: Reginald Davey  6th hole: Colin Wiseman

11th hole: Peter Bimbi  17th hole: Reginald Davey

Balls down the line:

43 points Rex Buckeridge (22) & George Giles (36)

42 points Tony Villani (29) & David Cimino (36)

41 points John Molloy (20) & Joe Cirnigliaro (36)

41 points Bernie Coyle (17) & Ian Richards (31)

41 points Harold Hayes (21) & Noel Manning (30)

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Unless you are good with marbles, this approach to putting probably explains winning the NAGA.

NAGA Award:

Door prize Winners:


Jeff Taylor celebrated his good day at Churchill/Waverley by winning the raffle allowing him and three of his mates to play again at Churchill/Waverley with carts.

The cart designed for alpha males


Birthday boys for April 2018

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

1st  Peter Charlewood  80

5th  Dave Cureton  68     Tom Govern  74

6th  Anthony French  71

7th  Geoffrey Milne  68

9th  Roland Neef  78

11th  Faye Quennell  81

18th  Bernie Coyle  72     Shay McQuade  62

19th  John Molloy  71     Marg Holden  66

21st  Lance Bolam  83

24th  Ray Reed  84

25th  Joe Cirnigliaro  74

26th  Reginald Davey  77

29th  George Giles  83


The old philosopher:

Seeking human interest stories a female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time.
To check it out, she went to the Wall, and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site.

She watched him pray, and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview.

"Pardon me Sir, I'm Rebecca Smith from CNN. Can you tell me your name?"

"Morris Feinberg," he replied.


"Sir, how long have you been coming to the Wailing Wall to pray?"

"60 years"

"60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray for?"

"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims.
I pray for the seven deadly sins to stop:
I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop.
I pray for people to respect one another and treat each other fairly.
I pray for people can resolve their differences without violence.
I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults, and to love their fellow man."

"And how do you feel Sir, after doing this for 60 years?"

"It's just like talking to a jutzi brick wall."

Next event:

Cranbourne for the Grant Haselgrove Trophy starting at 8:00 on 14th May

 Trevor Bottomley ☎ 0427 554 254 Joe Cirnigliaro ☎ 03 9583 5086 or 0409 027 500 John Molloy ☎ 03 9583 5331 or 0430 500 905

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