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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

November 2018 Newsletter


President Donald welcomed us to Cranbourne Golf Club for the House of Golf (Mentone) 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, fine morning in which to play golf, if a bit humid. The course was in very good condition, except for the famous Cranbourne bunkers which had wet sand just to give our Vets an extra challenge. As always the lunch and clubhouse facilities were thoroughly enjoyed by the members.

Number of Players / Guests:

We had a good turnout today, with 50 members involved in the shotgun start. A late withdrawal for today's event was Terry Donohue. There were no guests. Steven Hassan has joined the Vets as of today, so a very warm welcome to Steven!


There were 18 apologies this month. Along with the 50 members who played this represents an interest in over 75% of our membership.

Starters today:

Donald and the members thanked Colin Wiseman, Keith Aldrich and Vice-Captain Jeff Stevens for a job well done in getting our groups off in time. The starters were kept very busy indeed, making sure we had a smooth shotgun start. As has been stated before, 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".

Membership News:

Our next golfing event will be the monthly stableford competition at Patterson River. Hopefully with the advent of some warmer weather and the prospect of a really good course at Patt River, we will see a large turnout on the day for what is our final competition for 2018. You will also get an opportunity to visit the Patterson River clubhouse, which of course is the venue for this year's Xmas function on the following Monday, 10th December.

We continue to make progress with our Members Contact system, with the loading of member's photographs. If you have still to do this, please see either John Molloy or Laurie Comerford during our lunch at Patterson River GC. It will be good to round this off for the end of the year.

Christmas function

President Donald stated that all members should have received their invitations to our 2018 Xmas function and Awards ceremony by now. It will be held on Monday 10th December, 2018 starting at 12.30pm for 1pm, at Patterson River GC. This function is open to all members, their partners and guests. If you have still to book your places, please do so online if you can. Otherwise, contact Jeff Taylor, Laurie Comerford or Donald MacDonald and it will be done.

Please remember that if stairs are an issue for you, there is a ramp to the Patterson River dining area on the street side of the Club-house.

CoM Business:

  1. The Committe has completed a review of our Life Membership guidelines. They remain largely the same, with the addition of some recognition given to those member volunteers who contribute to the club by either supporting fundraising regularly, or supporting matchday activities as starters.
  2. Backup support for our Secretary, Jeff Taylor is still needed.
  3. Discussions took place in regard to our 2019 season as this will be the 70th anniversary of our founding (1949).

Special Achievements:

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

Vets Web Site :

The 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. He is still seeking a member to assist with the web site and learn about the 'behind the scenes' aspects of the site. 

Question time :


There were no questions.

VVGA Teams Championship

On 17th & 18th September our teams competed in the VVGA Teams Championship at Jubilee Park course near Wangaratta. At the last minute illness depleted our teams, so that instead of 3 three-man teams, we had 2 three-man teams and 1 one-man team.

Our star was the one-man team of Handicapper Ray Desmond who came overall second in the individual standings.

Jubille Park is right at the foot of the Warby Ranges, one of Ned Kelly's favourite stamping grounds.  The 10th shows this relationship.

Our results were:




Overall winner:

John Field (14) with 42 points won the House of Golf Mentone Trophy

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  Donald Barber (13)  42 points

B Grade:  Lindsay Quennell (26)  40 points

C Grade:  Joe Cirnigliaro (35)  37 points

Nearest to the Pin:

3rd hole: Jeff Stevens  8th hole: Gary Finnis

12th hole: John Field  14th hole: Colin Wiseman

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The caption says it all.

Balls down the line:

39 points  Gary Morland (20)  Ian Hoskins (20)

38 points  George Weaver (19)

37 points  Steven Hassan (24)  Peter Ross (26)  Tony Villani (30)

36 points  Ken Pride (28)

35 points  Jeff Stevens (22)  Alan Baker (34)  Noel Manning (30)

NAGA Award:

John Farrow

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The pigeon toed stance is an exageration of advice by Jack Nicklaus

Door prize Winners:


John Hiscock celebrated his good day at Cranbourne by winning the raffle allowing him and three of his mates to play again at Cranbourne with carts.

This cart could useful in lieu of a chainsaw.


New Rules - Rule 12: Bunkers

Most members will be pleased with changes to the rules for apply in bunkers. The significant points are:

You can see the full player's version of the rule here

Birthday boys for November 2018

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

9th  Barry Pollock  81

14th  John Sutherland  78

22nd  John Marshall  66     Jeff Casley  63

23rd  Gary Finnis  73

27th  Christopher Thorne  60

The Husband Store

A store that sells new husbands has opened in Melbourne , where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:

You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband.



To avoid gender bias charges, the store's owner opened a New Wives store just across the street.


Next event:

Patterson River for the Bob Leverington Trophy starting at 7:15 on 03rd December

 Gary Finnis ☎ 03 9583 1224 or 0419 377 492 Roger Selwood ☎ 0417 323 308 Jeff Stevens ☎ 0408 222 128

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