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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A very good month in terms of achievements with many successes being noted.
Here they are, in no particular order:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
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.
There were no questions.
He then handed over to our Captain, Harold Hayes.
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.
Trevor Spence (19) & John Killmister (19) with 45 points won the Captain-Presidents Trophy.
Reginald Davey (22) & Philip Horsburgh (22) with 44 points
3rd hole: Reginald Davey 6th hole: Colin Wiseman
11th hole: Peter Bimbi 17th hole: Reginald Davey
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)
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
Congratulations and best wishes to our members whose birthday falls in April
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 Peter Bywaters 70
26th Reginald Davey 77
29th George Giles 83
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! 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?"