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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

September 2018 Newsletter

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President Donald welcomed us to Churchill/Waverley Golf Club for the Bernie Coyle Trophy stableford competition and asked all present to thank the club for the use of their facilities, and their generous donation of our main raffle prize.  The members had a cold but clear morning in which to play golf, with a nice sunny outlook as the morning proceeded. The course was in good condition given the time of year. 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.

Number of Players / Guests:

We had a pretty average turnout today but in fairness, we are still in winter and more members than usual were absent, some through illness and some away on their travels. Our initial total of 38 competitors was reduced to 35 by 3 late withdrawals for today's event. There were no guests.

Please note that when members do 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 25 apologies this month.

Alan Baker, Donald Barrett, Rex Buckeridge, Gary Finnis, Peter Fischer, James Flaagan, George Giles, Alan Grisdale, Philip Horsburgh, Roger Huxstep, Alex Johnson, Trevor McGilton, Alan Millard, Robin Miller, Gary Morland, Roland Neef, Stan Odachowski, Peter Ross, Trevor Spence, Jeff Stevens, Barry Taylor, Jeff Taylor, Malcolm Turner, Noel Valle & Colin Wiseman. The late withdrawals were Barry Pollock, Bert de Luca and Neil Wilson. Unfortunately Neil gave himself a serious wound while playing up as 'ActionMan' and doing some DIY. Hope you have a quick recovery Neil! 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 Waterford Valley GC on Monday 1st October 2018 at 7.15 am for the Ken Gangell Perpetual Trophy stableford competition.

Starters today:

Donald and the members thanked Noel Manning, Lindsay Quennell and Peter Sloan for a job well done in getting our groups off smoothly. We continue to finesse our moves towards full shotgun starts at our events. This depends both on the flexibility on offer from our host clubs as well as the size of the field we are able to present. A starting field of 72 players is of course the textbook requirement for a shotgun start, but anything from the mid-fifties and upwards will be helped by a form of shotgun start. 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. We also addressed the need to avoid slow play as we embrace the use of shotgun starts, as this results in our mingling 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:

A reminder that our annual match with the Brighton GC for the Brighton Challenge Trophy, normally played in September, has been cancelled this year owing to course work going on at the Brighton golf course. We hope to reinstate this event in 2019. Our next event will be at Waterford Valley GC on Monday 1st October at 7.15 am. for the Ken Gangell Perpetual Trophy. It is a stableford competition.

We've made a lot of progress with our Members Contact system and with the return of John Molloy from his holiday in Ireland, he and Laurie Comerford (our webmaster) will push on and complete the task of loading the members photographs to this system. Let me restate the fact that any member has the right not to submit a photograph. We plan to complete this task by the end of 2018.

Some of you may not have heard that one of our members, Barry Taylor has recently suffered what appears to be a mild stroke. Barry is currently in Monash Hospital and will soon be moved to a rehab facility. Donald spoke to Barry's wife on Sunday and conveyed our best wishes to Barry for a speedy recovery. In typical 'Barry' fashion, he tried to discharge himself not long after being admitted ! All this fuss was not required according to our Baz! So much so, that the doctor looking after him had to put a buzzer on Barry to alert the doc every time Baz left his chair in the ward!  Magnificent Barry! We wish him a full recovery.

Much of this information came from Alan Baker who himself has been in the wars of late. Alan had an operation earlier in August and is currently recuperating.  My thanks to Alan, and we send our best wishes to Alan for a successful recovery and we look forward to seeing you back at the Vets in due course.

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 as we inevitably face pressures on our ageing membership.

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.

Date: Monday 3rd September,2018.

Present: Donald MacDonald, Harold Hayes, David Vine, Ray Desmond, Daryl Edwards, Jeff Taylor, Laurie Comerford and Roger Selwood.

Apologies: Jeff Stevens.

Captain Harold Hayes presented his draft 2019 playing schedule for review and approval. Committee approved the schedule and it will be released in due course.

Backup support for our Secretary, Jeff Taylor, was discussed and will be progressed with some urgency.

The review of our monthly Trophy deployments was further advanced by decisions to rename the 'Keith Allen' trophy as the 'David Vine' trophy, and the 'Pensioners' trophy as the House of Golf (Mentone) trophy as recognition of their sponsorship.

Special tool to help retrieve your golf ball from the cup was introduced by Laurie Comerford who will progress this matter with the members at our next event on Oct 1st.

Special Achievements:

In the past month or so, we have noted the following successes;

Our congratulations to both John and Laurie.

Better luck to our Vets golfers in the coming month.

By way of keeping in with touch with past members, President Donald mentioned that Chris Donald who had to retire from the Vets because of ongoing health issues, managed a birdie 2 at the 2nd hole par 3 at Centenary Park recently. It is good to hear that Chris is still enjoying success on the golf course, we wish him well.

Don Barber managed to eagle the par 4 5th hole at Centenary Park by holing out from 130 metres with a nice lazy 9 iron! Not bad Don! Try the lottery this week.

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

Vets Web Site :

President Donald said that 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 happy to answer queries on the website.  Please feel free to contact Laurie. 

Question time :

There were no questions.

He then handed over to our Captain, Harold Hayes.




Overall winner:

Reginald Davey (26) with 34 points won the Bernie Coyle Trophy

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  Trevor Bottomley (14)  29 points

B Grade:  Ray Desmond (25)  32 points

C Grade:  Tony Villani (31)  34 points

Nearest to the Pin:

3rd hole: Harold Hayes  6th hole: Tony Villani

11th hole:   17th hole: Trevor Bottomley

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However, we're still here.

Balls down the line:

33 points  Rod Goode (30)

32 points  Ken Pride (30)  Joe Cirnigliaro (36)

29 points  Chris Procter (24)  Ron Wells (22)  Harold Hayes (23)  Ray Underwood (20)  Bernie Coyle (21)

NAGA Award:

Ian Richards

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It will work every time we read the line

Door prize Winners:


Ray Desmond 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.

Oops! This could make it hard to maintain our raffle prizes.


Birthday boys for September 2018

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

5th  Peter Garbellini  72

6th  Peter Fischer  70

7th  Gina Thorne  51     Ross Rowley  62

14th  Neil Wilson  69

15th  Robert Franks  75

16th  John Killmister  73

18th  Alan Millard  68

25th  Rod Goode  79

26th  Bill Dooley  72

27th  George Weaver  70

New Rules to start next year and not before

The new rules and all about them can be found at New Rules.

Rule 14:3 Dropping procedure:

When taking relief (from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, for example), golfers will now drop from knee height. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop.

See video

A Relief area for a drop is defined in other rules and the ball must be dropped and finish in the Relief area

Measuring in taking relief: The golfer's relief area will be measured by using the longest club in his/her bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths, depending on the situation, providing a consistent process for golfers to establish his/her relief area.

Rule 14 - The whole 'box and dice' inclusive of 14.3 as discussed above

Darwin Awards

Members who don't spend time exploring the internet will never have heard of the Darwin Awards. They don't get reported in the papers or on television and rarely receive a radio mention. However, they do provide an insight into our lives by showing unusual means of causing your own death through stupidity.

Eighth Place

In Detroit, a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.


Seventh Place

A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who "totally zoned when he ran", accidentally jogged off a 30m high cliff on his daily run.

Sixth Place


While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 2.5m hole for protection from the wind and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom, when the sides collapsed, burying him beneath 1.5m of sand. People on the beach used their hands and shovels trying to get him out but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment almost an hour to free him. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.


Fifth Place

Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.


Fourth Place

Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a bet with friends who said he would not pull the trigger of a revolver loaded with four bullets while pointing it at his head.

Third Place

After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up and fired a few wild shots from a target pistol.
The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt.



Paul Stiller, 47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving around at 2 A.M. so they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out the window to see what would happen. Apparently they failed to notice that the window was closed.



Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from a local bridge in the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more excited, and at least 10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge, they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of lineman's cable lay nearby. They secured one end around Bingham's leg and then tied the other to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. Bingham's foot was never located.



Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt ( Paderbor, Germany ) fed his constipated elephant 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm finally got relief. Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded.


The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground where he struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to evacuate 200 pounds of dung on top of him. It seems to be just one of those freak accidents that proves... 'S..t happens'

- We should breathe a sigh of relief that these people have removed themselves from the gene pool. -

Next event:

Waterford Valley for the Ken Gangell Trophy starting at 7:15 on 01st October

 Al Abraham ☎ 03 9592 8592 or 0408 386 099 Joe Cirnigliaro ☎ 03 9583 5086 or 0409 027 500 John Molloy ☎ 03 9583 5331 or 0430 500 905

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