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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

December 2018 Newsletter


President Donald welcomed us to Patterson River Golf Club for the Bob Leverington Perpetual 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. It was a dry but windy morning and the course was in good condition, with putting on slick greens being a challenge. The lunch and the clubhouse facilities were thoroughly enjoyed by the members.

Number of Players / Guests:

We had a terrific turnout today, with 57 players involved in the competition. A late withdrawal for today's event was Peter Sloan. There were 3 guests: Jim Collins was a guest of John Killmister, Chris Moot was a guest of Laurie Comerford,  and Bill Cribbes was a guest of John Molloy. Donald was delighted to report that all 3 gentlemen have decided to join the Vets. Welcome to Jim, Chris and Bill. They each received the customary gift of a golf ball.


There were 16 apologies this month.

Starters today:

Donald and the members thanked Gary Finnis, Roger Selwood and Jeff Stevens for doing an excellent job of getting the groups away quickly, despite being faced with a 30 minute delay because of host club difficulties. We also continue to focus on slow play. Please take pride in your club and always ensure that you "keep up with the group in front of you".

Membership News:

Our 2019 AGM will be held on Monday 4th February at Rossdale GC following on from the golf and lunch.

We continue to make progress with our Members Contact system, with the loading of member's photographs. If you have still to do this, and this includes our 3 new members, please see either John Molloy or Laurie Comerford during our lunch at Keysborough. It is important as the Club continues to grow, that we complete this initiative early in the New Year. Communication is so important to the wellbeing of our Club, and the photographs help enormously. Get in touch with either John or Laurie by email to set it up and they will make sure the job is done.

All members will have received their invitations to our 2018 Xmas function and Awards ceremony by now. It will be held next Monday (10th December, 2018) starting at 12.30pm for 1pm, at Patterson River GC. Laurie Comerford is in charge of liaising with Patterson River in the absence of Jeff Taylor, so please contact Laurie by email should any issue arise concerning the luncheon or your booking. We need to keep Patterson River informed of any changes to our numbers to avoid unnecessary catering fees.

Donald said that as of now, 111 members, partners and guests will be attending the luncheon. This is a fantastic result, with most of the praise going to Jeff Taylor and Laurie Comerford for their hard work in setting this up. Thank you Jeff and Laurie!

CoM Business:

No report this month as Committee will next meet on Monday 14th January, 2019.

Special Achievements:

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

Congratulations to our Vets winners.

Question time :

There were no questions although Colin Wiseman injected some humour into the day's proceedings. Thank you Colin!

Have a great festive season and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.


The last month has been used to modify the appearance of the top part of the web site to make it more dynamic and show a wider range of our members. The only rule for appearing there is to have been caught by the webmaster's camera while you are wearing your club shirt.

On another note Laurie spent a few not very productive days as a 'player movement' volunteer at Metropolitan GC for the World Cup. If you have ever needed to play out a bunker, or on an attractive course take these in.

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Overall winner:

Declan Stephenson (25) with 43 points won the Bob Leverington Trophy

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  Donald Barber (13)  40 points

B Grade:  George Robinson (29)  37 points

C Grade:  Alan Millard (31)  41 points

Nearest to the Pin:

2nd hole: Donald Barber  7th hole: David Vine

12th hole: Chris Moot  16th hole: Declan Stephenson

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The baby sitter.

Balls down the line:

40 points  Joe Cirnigliaro (36)

39 points  Ray Underwood (21)

38 points  Noel Manning (31)  Chris Macgeorge (33)

37 points  John Killmister (33)

36 points  Steven Hassan (27)  Kelvin Tyler (28)  Laurie Comerford (18)  John Molloy (21)

NAGA Award:

David Cimino

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Our winners day must have felt like this

Door prize Winners:


Laurie Comerford celebrated his good day at Patterson River by winning the raffle allowing him and three of his mates to play again at Patterson River with carts.

'We provide comfort in all situations on the golf course'.


Birthday boys for December 2018

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

5th  Yvonne Daniel  75

8th  Valerie Purves  69

12th  Innes Ireland  52

13th  Terry Donohue  72

16th  Chris Procter  72

17th  Al Abraham  71

19th  Jeff Taylor  77

20th  Christopher Tierney  69

22nd  Tom Buzza  73

27th  George Robinson  76

30th  Donald Barrett  83

Gambling ?

A rabbi, a priest, and a minister walk into a bar. The priest pulls out a deck of cards and pretty soon they are playing a little game of poker.

The local policeman comes in and arrests them for violating the town's strict anti-gambling laws.

They are hauled before a judge the next day, and everybody is kind of embarrassed about it, including the judge.


"Look," says the judge, "just tell me you weren't gambling, and I'll let you go."

"Well," says the priest, "gambling qua gambling seems to me to imply some sort of intent to win money or with the idea that it would exchange hands at the end of the evening, whereas considering a hypothetical situation such as the one we were engaged in where the money is taking on more of the role of a token merely for tracking the interplay of the game and the relative ...".


The judge is pleased to hear this abstract argument and quickly dismisses the charge saying, "Accepted, you can go."

The minister steps up and rambles on. "It seems to me that given divine foreknowledge of all events, even if we mortals are not so gifted raises the question of whether gambling as a concept can really ...". The argument is accepted and the charge dismissed by the judge just leaving the rabbi in the courtroom.


"Well?" asks the judge. "Rabbi, were you gambling?"

The rabbi looks around and shrugs his shoulders.

"Gambling? With whom?"

Rule changes

We're nearly there. Only a few weeks till January 1st when the new rules come into operation. By now members with home clubs should have been able to obtain a copy of the 'Players Edition' of the new rules.

There are three versions of the new rules. The Players edition has lovely coloured graphics to assist understanding. The Full Version and the Official Guide would normally not worry Club golfers.

Moving away from the R&A site from where most of the previous information has been referenced this month the USA site is favoured. This page has a clear descriptions of the new rules as they will affect us. It is really worth looking there.

One new rule not previously mentioned in our newsletters is the removal of the penalty for accidently hitting your equipment (or that of your opposing players). This means (provided it is accidental) - you can clobber your opponent with a well timed drive without penalty.

New rule categories

  1. Ball at rest

    • Ball accidently moved during search - no penalty
    • Ball accidently moved on putting green - no penalty
    • How to determine if your ball moved
    • Replacing when original spot not known
  2. Ball in motion

    • Ball accidently deflected - no penalty
  3. Taking relief

    • Measuring size of relief area - use the longest club in the bag (other than putter)
    • Dropping the ball = from knee height
    • Where dropped ball must stop
    • Time for searching for lost ball - 3 minutes (as sponsoreds by ball manufacturers)
    • Relief for embedded ball
    • Procedure for taking lateral relief
    • Procedure for taking back on line relief
  4. Areas of the course

    • Replace ball that moves on the putting green
    • Repair damage on putting green - spike marks can now be repaired
    • Touching line of play on putting green
    • Ball played from on the green hit flag - no penalty
    • Touching the ground in a penalty area or moving loose impediments - no penalty
    • An unplayable ball in a bunker may be played outside the bunker with a 2 shot penalty
  5. Equipment

    • A damaged club may continue to be used without penalty
    • Distance measuring devices may be used unless prohibited by local rule
  6. Playing a ball

    • Caddie cannot stand behind to assist lining up
    • The ball may be hit more than once in a stroke without penalty
  7. When to play

    • Ready golf is encouraged
    • Stroke rounds with maximum score per hole now recognised
  8. Code of conduct

    • With good reason a ball may be lifted without announcement
    • Stroke rounds with maximum score per hole now recognised

Next event:

Keysborough for the Bill Fitzsimmons Trophy starting at 7:15 on 14th January

 Harold Hayes ☎ 03 9570 4759 or 0408 558 260 Alan Millard ☎ 03 9583 6172 or 0405 966 416 David Vine ☎ 03 9583 7373

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