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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

April 2019 Newsletter


President Donald welcomed us to Churchill/Waverley Golf Club for the 4BBB competition for the Captain's/President's Trophy. He asked all present to thank the club for the use of their facilities, and their generous donation of our main raffle prize. The weather was pleasant, ideal for a game of golf. The course was in good condition. The lunch and the clubhouse facilities were thoroughly enjoyed by the members.

Our raffle is a very successful fundraiser for the club, given the good work done by Daryl Edwards and the irrepressible John Hiscock, ably supported by our Captain Harold Hayes who continues to secure the extremely attractive main prize from our generous host clubs.  Donald informed the members that we had recently received a donation of a pen-set in the fashion of golf clubs from Elaine Hills, the widow of our sadly departed mate, Neal Hills. It will appear as a raffle prize at the appropriate time.

Number of Players / Guests:

We had a good turnout today, with 53 players involved in the competition. A late withdrawal for today's event was Gary Morland who fell from a ladder, but we have since heard that his injuries were not as serious as first thought. Gentlemen, please take care with the jobs we tackle. Having spent some time around medical people over the last 5 years, the thing they worry about most are we 'oldies' falling down! We had one guest today, Tony French who was a guest of John Molloy. He received a warm invitation to join the Vets as well as our customary golf ball.


There were 21 apologies this month: Al Abraham, Peter Bimbi, Hans Bleeker, John Farrow, Bill Frey, Ian Hoskins, Bruce Keenan, Karl Lindberg, Roland Neef, Roger Prewett, Lindsay Quennell, Ian Richards, Jeff Stevens, Jeff Taylor, Barry Taylor, Christopher Thorne, Malcolm Turner, Kelvin Tyler, George Weaver, Ron Wells and Gary Morland.

Starters today:

Donald and the members thanked Joe Cirnigliaro, John Molloy and Tony Villani for doing a good job of getting the groups away. A special vote of thanks goes to Peter Ross who did a power of work to ensure our pairings were fair and competitive based on our handicaps.   Please take pride in your club and always ensure that you "keep up with the group in front of you". That is the number one priority we have in terms of efficient golf. ('ready golf')

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. Please help your Club.

Membership News:

gentle reminder that the few remaining unpaid annual subs were due immediately, and contact should be made with our Treasurer, David Vine. My thanks to all those members that have paid their subs for 2019.

Spurred on by John Molloy, with assistance from Laurie Comerford, we continue to make progress towards completion of our Members Contact system, via the loading of member's photographs. If you have still to do this, and this includes our new members, please see either John Molloy or Laurie Comerford during our lunches at any of our events. It is important as the Club continues to grow, that we complete this initiative early in 2019. 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 or at matchday to set it up and they will make sure the job is done.

CoM Business:

There is no report this month as there was no Committee meeting  -  we meet bi-monthly.

Special Achievements:

In the past month or so, we have noted the following successes (in no particular order);

Vets Web Site :

The website has been modified to remind members who intend to use a cart at the golf course that they must physically book the cart themselves by calling the pro-shop.

Question time :

There being no questions, President Donald handed over to our Captain. Harold Hayes.

VVGA 4 ball championship

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Bernie's warriers at Bendigo

The VVGA 4 ball championships were held at Neangar Park, Eaglehawk this year. As organised by past President Bernie Coyle a team from our Club attended along with other members who self-organised.

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.

Balls in the run down were won by Ray Desmond, Bernie Coyle and Laurie Comerford on day one and by Jeff Stephens, Daryl Edwards Roger Selwood and John Currie on day 2.

Playing in VVGA events

Many members will be/ unaware that they can play in the VVGA events. The secret is organisation. If you wish to play in one of theses events, you need to organise to make an entry, book accommodation and, why not organise other club members to play with you in the team events.

Events still to come this year include:

For those interested talk to Captain Harold.

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Overall winners:

Peter Garbellini (16) & Donald Harrowell (25) with 47 points won the Captain-Presidents Trophy.

Runners up:

Tom Buzza (29) & George Giles (36) with 47 points

Nearest to the Pin:
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Not quite 'ready to eat'

3rd hole: Noel Valle  6th hole: Bill Cribbes

11th hole: David Vine  17th hole: Bill Dooley

Balls down the line:

46 points Stan Odachowski (23) & Philip Horsburgh (29)

45 points Bernie Coyle (20) & Bill Cribbes (36)

45 points Rex Buckeridge (21) & Peter Sloan (30)

44 points John Sutherland (18) & Bill Dooley (26)

44 points Daryl Edwards (21) & Alan Millard (29)

44 points Ray Desmond (24) & Rod Goode (30)

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We all need a caddy to improve our self-esteem.

NAGA Award:

Door prize Winners:


Tony Villani 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.

There's a fine line between hobby and mental illness..


Birthday boys for April 2019

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

1st  Peter Charlewood  81

5th  Dave Cureton  69     Tom Govern  75

6th  Anthony French  72

7th  Geoffrey Milne  69

9th  Roland Neef  79

11th  Faye Quennell  82

18th  Bernie Coyle  73     Shay McQuade  63

19th  John Molloy  72     Marg Holden  67

21st  Lance Bolam  84

24th  Ray Reed  85

25th  Joe Cirnigliaro  75

26th  Reginald Davey  78

29th  George Giles  84

The latest research from Oxford University

Oxford University researchers have discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (symbol=Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called pillocks. ×

Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.


A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2 to 6 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganisation in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.


In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganisation will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration.


This hypothetical quantity is referred to as a critical morass. When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium (symbol=Ad), an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium, since it has half as many pillocks but twice as many morons.

Next event:

Cranbourne for the Grant Haselgrove Trophy starting at 8:00 on 13th May

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