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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

July 2018 Newsletter


President Donald welcomed us to Southern Golf Club for the Alf Jones Trophy stableford 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.  On a very cold and crisp winter's morning, after a delayed start due to the weather, we set out with hopes of some sunshine to follow.. Happily we were not disappointed. A beautiful morning on an excellent golf course! As always the lunch and clubhouse facilities were thoroughly enjoyed by the members.

While mentioning the main raffle prize, it should be noted that our raffle is now a key source of Club funds.
These funds are used directly to keep our matchday costs competitive (green fees, lunch) so please continue to support our raffle.

Darryl Gangell (R.I.P.)

As most of the members know, Darryl Gangell who was a member of this club for some 15 years or so, passed away on the 3rd of June 2018. Darryl was the beloved brother of Ken Gangell, another stalwart of our club who died a few years back. The members were upstanding and a minute's silence was observed in repect to the memory of Darryl.

Number of Players / Guests:

We had another good turnout today given that we are in the middle of winter and a few members have headed North for some sunshine.  It was great to see so many members and guests out on the course. Originally we had a total of 59 competitors for today's event however Jeff Taylor was a late withdrawal due to injury. Our field of 58 players included 2 guests, Michael Hayes was a guest of his uncle, our Captain Harold Hayes (above and beyond Michael!!) and Roger Foenander was a guest of Donald Barber. Both guests 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.


There were 13 apologies this month.
Rex Buckeridge, Laurie Comerford, Bill Frey, George Giles, Bill Heron, Gerard L'Huillier, Trevor McGilton, Alan Millard, Stan Odachowski, Ian Richards, Roger Selwood, Christopher Tierney & Gary Walters. 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 all of you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you at Lang Lang GC on Monday 6th August 2018 at 8 am for the Ray Underwood Trophy stableford competition.

Starters today:

Donald and the members thanked Hans Bleeker, Robin Miller and Declan Stephenson for a job well done in getting such a large number of groups off and running. The members also thanked John Molloy who stepped into the breach and added his considerable experience to the proceedings.  Given the enforced delay, it was great to have John around to make sure all was well. We should also mention that today saw us move firmly towards shotgun starts at our events. Our Captain Harold is the driving force behind this, and it must be said that it was well received by the members. A significant benefit of the shotgun starts is that we all come into lunch more or less at the same time.  Given the strong social 'feel' we have with this club, this is seen as very important. Captain Harold was quick to point out the tremendous work being done behind the scenes by Peter Ross to make sure that shotgun starts will run smoothly for us. We also addressed the need to avoid slow play as we embrace the use of shotgun starts as we mingle more often with players/members from the host clubs.  Our Captain will continue to be extremely vigilant on this matter, fully supported by your Committee. Please take pride in your club and always ensure that you "keep up with the group in front of you".

As previously mentioned, we cannot proceed without volunteers to run these events every month, so please consider helping out as a starter, as it is a bit of fun and you will get to know so many 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:

Later this month on Monday 16th July, 2018 we will have our annual visit to Eagle Ridge GC on the Mornington Peninsula. That competition is an Ambrose Four event and the winning team will be awarded the 'Winter Classic' trophy. The cost for Eagle Ridge is $48 per player, which includes 18 holes on an excellent golf course, a shared cart and lunch. Most of the field have already booked their place at this event, however if you are a late entrant, please contact our Captain Harold Hayes on 0408 558 260 or 9570 4759.

In August, we are trying out the excellent course at Lang Lang GC on Monday 6th August, 2018 at 7.30 for an 8am start. This is a new venue on our schedule and if you recall, we did consult the members several months ago as to the interest levels in trying out such a venue.  It is clearly recognised as being much further away than our usual venues, being 1 hour and a quarter drive time from the SE suburbs. Perfectly doable, I would suggest, and you should seriously consider "car-pooling" on this occasion to save costs and driving effort. Let's give it a go, and then we can review our shared experiences down the track. The booking sheet will be open immediately after the Eagle Ridge event - Remember, our booking system always displays the next event, in this case Eage Ridge even though Eagle Ridge has its own extra booking link.

The drive to implement the members decision to add their photo to the members database continues apace with two thirds of the members having submitted photos. Great to see John Molloy adding his personal drive to the matter by helping out with the 'selfies'. John will be in Ireland over the next 2 months but he has reassured the members that other volunteers will help to submit the members photos in his absence. Have a great holiday John !

Laurie will now post the new members contact page with links to the photos and advise members when he has done so. If your photo is not there, then we are awaiting receipt of the needed item. Also, if you are not happy with the photo, please submit another to Laurie.

President Donald would draw your attention to the ongoing importance of supporting our sponsor (House of Golf Moorabbin), wearing our club colours at all our events, and continually seeking out new members.

CoM Business:

Here is the report summary of the business matters being addressed by your Committee.  It will appear on every second month in the newsletter, following our bi-monthly Committee meetings.

  • Prospective members who apply online to join our club (as distinct from being introduced by an existing member) will play their first game as a guest alongside a member of the Committee prior to joining.
  • Annual match with Brighton GC in September 2018 is cancelled as their course is undergoing improvements.
  • Life Membership Criteria: HH and DE have tabled their ideas at Committee and received broad support. They will package their proposal for Committee endorsement by the end of 2018. If approved, the recommendations will be taken to the 2019 AGM in February for member ratification.
  • Succession Planning: Discussions were continued on the requisite skillsets that suitable candidates would require for key roles on the Committee. In particular the specialist roles (Secretary, Treasurer, Handicapper, Webmaster) on the Committee.  This is a critical task and will require due consideration.

Special Achievements:

Again there was a lack of success on the golf course this month on behalf of the members.&emsp.Anyway we will blame the cold weather !

A couple of late items were introduced at the time, however in addition, we were all delighted to hear that John Currie, a long-time member and past Committee official of the club has been awarded "Life Membership" of Rossdale GC after 30 years service. Many many congratulations JC !! very well-deserved.

Better luck to our intrepid golfers in the coming month.

If you do win, please let me know as we sometimes miss the notices. You can contact me by email  dmacd8@hotmail.com or phone  0414 446 636  or text.

Vets Web Site :

Our website continues to be the backbone of our club administration.  Please use it regularly to keep in touch with club matters. If you prefer, you can email, text or call any Committee member on any club issues. They will be happy to respond.

Our webmaster, Laurie Comerford is on his usual winter's break up in Coffs Harbour but as always, he is online for club business. Please feel free to contact Laurie. 

Question time :

There were no questions.




Overall winner:

Keith Aldrich (16) with 36 points won the Alf Jones Trophy

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  George Weaver (19)  35 points

B Grade:  Ian Hoskins (23)  36 points

C Grade:  Neil Wilson (30)  34 points

Nearest to the Pin:

3rd hole: Kelvin Tyler  6th hole: Donald Barber

12th hole: George Weaver  16th hole: George Robinson

Captain joke image not yet available

The Scots and the Dutch may claim they invented golf - BUT.

Balls down the line:

36 points  George Robinson (29)

35 points  Harold Hayes (21)  Ronnie Chong (24)

34 points  David Vine (17)  Peter Bimbi (15)  Donald Barber (14)

33 points  Chris Procter (27)  David Heraud (28)

NAGA Award:

Mick Kelly

Naga image not yet available
We're too old for this - take a drop.

Door prize Winners:


Barry Taylor celebrated his good day at Southern by winning the raffle allowing him and three of his mates to play again at Southern.

Girls extra: We hope they drive as well as they look. 


Birthday boys for July 2018

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

2nd  Donald MacDonald  72     Mike Hoyle  69

17th  Patrick Ryan  67

19th  David Heraud  60

20th  Rod Seach  68

30th  Roger Selwood  71

31st  Tess Killmister  70

Chew on

Picture Picture

An Australian woman was having a coffee and croissants with butter and jam in a cafe when an gum chewing American tourist, mouth open making those noises gum chewers do, and sat down next to her.

The Australian politely ignored the American, who, nevertheless started up a conversation.

The Yank snapped his gum and said, "You Australian folk eat the whole bread?" The Australian frowned, and grunted, "of course."

The yank then blew a huge bubble with his gum.
"We don't" he chuckled, "In the States, we only eat what's inside. The crusts we collect in a container, recycle them, transform them into croissants and sell them to Australia."

The Yank then continued with ,"D'ya eat jam with your bread?"  Looking skywards, the Australian grunted, "Of course."

Cracking his gum between his teeth, the American said, "We don't.  In the States, we eat fresh fruit for breakfast, then we put all the peels, seeds and the leftovers in containers, recycle them, transform them into jam and sell it to Australia.

Enough was enough!!

The Australian then mildly asked, "Do yanks have sex in the States?"
The American smiled and said "Why of course we do."

The Australian leaned closer to him and asked, "And what do you do with the condoms once you've used them?"

"We throw them away, of course!"

Now it was the Australians turn to smile.

"We don't. In Australia , we put them in a container, recycle them, melt them down into chewing gum and sell them to the United States. Where do you think the Company Brand Name 'Wrigleys' comes from ?"

This is an unusual month as there is as second joke which you can either read - or listen to.

The mudcrab


One day, Morton he was down the river and he got this mudcrab and he just opened the boot and threw the mudcrab in. But just as he closed the boot lid a fisheries inspector jumped out of the bushes and yelled, "I've got you, I've got you, I've seen what you've got there, you've got a mudcrab in the boot, out of season!"


Morton said, "No way mate"

The fisheries man said open the boot up, so Morton opened it and there was the mudcrab. He said, "I'm going to have to fine you for this."

"No man, it ain't what it looks like mate, this is my pet mudcrab." He said, "I bring him down here every day for a swim."

"Bull dust"


"His name's Martie, Mate. He is my pet mudcrab. I'll show you, I'll give him a swim and he'll come back"

So he grabbed the mudcrab and put him in the water and the mudcrab he did a breaststroke and was gone.

He said, Well come on Morton, where is he?"

"Where's what?"

Next event:

Lang Lang for the Ray Underwood Trophy starting at 8:00 on 06th August

 Ronnie Chong ☎ 0431 065 874 Robin Miller ☎ 0412494100 Jeff Stevens ☎ 0408 222 128

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