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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

June 2019 Newsletter

President Report


President Donald welcomed us to Keysborough Golf Club and the stableford competition for the David Vine 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 outlook was anything but promising, with heavy showers and cold winds being present all around the Melbourne area today. The amazing thing is that against all the odds, we all played 18 holes with hardly a drop of rain in the Keysborough area. The course was in relatively good condition although there was water underfoot in some areas of the course.  Fairways and greens were in good order as per usual at Keysborough. The lunchtime sandwiches were excellent and the clubhouse facilities were thoroughly enjoyed by the members. Donald expressed his thanks to Stan Odachowski, Chris Tierney and Noel Valle for their excellent company.

Under the stewardship of Daryl Edwards and John Hiscock our raffle continues to be a successful 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 good turnout today, with 59 players involved in the competition despite there being a large number of apologies. There were 2 guests today, Alan Logan as a guest of Laurie Comerford and John Hendrie who is a guest of Bruce Keenan. Both Alan and John joined the Vets today so we wish them a very warm welcome and many years of enjoyable golf at the club.  Both received complimentary golf balls as is the custom.


There were 22 apologies this month:
Al Abraham, Peter Bimbi, Trevor Bottomley, Rex Buckeridge, Bernie Coyle, Gary Finnis, Rod Goode, David Heraud, Mike Hoyle, Roger Huxstep, Alex Johnson, Karl Lindberg, Alan Millard, Roger Prewett, Ian Richards, George Robinson, Declan Stephenson, Christopher Thorne, Malcolm Turner, Kelvin Tyler, Ray Underwood, Neil Wilson.  There were also late withdrawals from Bill Frey and Colin Wiseman, both being crook.

Starters today:

Donald and the members thanked Roger Selwood, Philip Horsburgh, Donnie Barber and Keith Aldridge who got us all away with the shotgun start, in good order. Well done guys!   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')  Special thanks were given to both Harold Hayes and Peter Ross for their hard work in making the registration of players, and the speedy efficient dispatch of playing groups such a success. President Donald recorded his thanks to both Harold and Peter.

Roger Selwood made a very valid point in stressing to members that the much improved starting process relies very heavily on members being ready to play at the alloted time, especially those on carts as any delay causes a domino effect on playing groups.  Please be ready for say 7.45am if that is the time advised by the Captain.

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:

Our next golfing event will be a stableford competition at Southern GC, on Monday 1st July, 2019 at 8am for the Alf Jones trophy.  The booking sheet was circulated during our lunchtime. The online booking system is also available now.

President Donald also reminded us of the upcoming Winter Classic event at Eagle Ridge GC on the Mornington Peninsula. This will be held on Monday July 15th at Eagle Ridge in addition to our normal monthly event at Southern GC on Monday July 1st.  It is a 4 man Ambrose team event. The booking sheet for this event was passed around at lunch and the online booking system is also open.  The matchday fee for Eagle Ridge is $50 which covers green fees, a cart and a hot lunch. Because of the carts and catering involved each member needs to pay their $50 up front, either today at Keysborough or next month at Southern.  Please see our Treasurer, David Vine with your payment.  The arrival time at Eagle Ridge is usually at 7.30am so please allow a little more travel time than usual.

For the 2 events, June at Keysborough and July at Southern, we extended an invitation for any of the member's wives, partners, or their lady friends to come along as guests and try out the Vets monthly competitions, with a possibility of membership down the track.  Lindsay Quennell's wife Faye, was the only person to put her hand up for Keysborough.  The President thanked Faye for being willing to give it a try. Hopefully that opportunity will arise again in the months ahead.  Donald asked for feedback from the members but not much was on offer. He left it open for members to contact Harold Hayes directly by call /text or email to voice their opinions.

The President put this initiative in the context of a desire within the Committee to grow our membership from around 90 to around 120 members, regardless of gender, which is not really the issue, although the introduction of lady members will need to be worked through over time. It is to give this great club a stable platform on which to manage the real challenges that we and indeed many other golf clubs have to face, such as rising costs, membership attrition, the best possible matchday experience for our members in terms of courses accessed, commercial pricing and matchdays where the Vets have sole use of a golf course and its facilities over the 4 to 5 hours of our competition and the subsequent social gathering which sets us apart from some other social golf clubs.

CoM Business:

Every second month this report summarises the business matters being addressed by your Committee of Management.

No meeting in June. Next CoM meeting is on July 1st.

Special Achievements:

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

  • Bruce Keenan, one of our new members, was a member of the Yarraview team that won the 2019 VGL Division 1 Pennant Flag on Sunday 26th May.  That's a terrific win Bruce!
  • Another success also involves 2 of our new members, John Hendrie and once again Bruce Keenan. They had a superb day out at a recent Rotary event at Kingston Heath, finishing as runners-up with a par-score of plus 7!!  Great golf guys!!
  • Bill Dooley won the June Brighton Club Medal on Saturday June 1st with a score of 9 up off a h/cap of 24. Impressive scoring to say the least, congratulations go to Bill and it's good to see him back at the Vets!   This Bill is a winner unlike the other 'Bill' bloke that has been going around in recent weeks.
  • We finish with a very special achievement not gained on the golf course, but very significant nonetheless. Our member, Peter Ross has just been appointed the President of the VGL.   Fantastic achievement Rossy!!

Congratulations to all our Vets winners.
Thanks go to all those who contributed the information.

Vets Web Site :

The May newsletter was delayed due to Laurie's computer ceasing to work. Laurie is still busy setting up the new computer. The website itself is unaffected by this. A further update should be due in July.

Question time :

A question regarding the Ambrose Rules at Eagle Ridge was resolved by our Captain to the effect that the standard Ambrose rules will apply, not the Holden Scramble rules.

President Donald then handed over to our Captain, Harold Hayes.




Overall winner:

Donald Harrowell (24) with 41 points won the David Vine Trophy

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  David Vine (17)  38 points

B Grade:  John Currie (25)  38 points

C Grade:  John Killmister (32)  36 points

Nearest to the Pin:

3rd hole: Christopher Tierney  8th hole: John Currie

12th hole: Gary Morland  15th hole: Jim Collins

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Bob Hope gets his priorities right

Balls down the line:

38 points  Noel Valle (26)

37 points  Jeff Stevens (24)  Bruce Keenan (27)

36 points  John Field (14)  Reginald Davey (26)

35 points  Keith Aldrich (16)  Ron Wells (23)  Roger Selwood (24)  Peter Charlewood (28)

NAGA Award:

Stan Odachowski

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Understanding our limitations helps.
p.s.Stan advised he has been trying for the NAGA for years
Success at last.

Door prize Winners:


Bruce Keenan celebrated his good day at Keysborough by winning the raffle allowing him and three of his mates to play again at Keysborough with carts.

This delicate colour scheme is to make us more attractive to the lady golfers..


Birthday boys for June 2019

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

3rd  Mark Pearson  62

8th  David Paterson  69

9th  Ian Richards  66

28th  Alan Baker  74     Trevor Bottomley  67

30th  Hans Bleeker  81     Alex Johnson  73

Religiously incorrect

A Catholic Priest, a Baptist Preacher and a Rabbi all served as Chaplains to the students of Northern Michigan University at Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop.

One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really all that hard, a real challenge would be to preach to a bear.

One thing led to another, and they decided to do an experiment. They would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it to their religion. Seven days later, they all came together to discuss their experiences.

Father Flannery, who had his arm in a sling, was on crutches, and had various bandages on his body and limbs, went first.


"Well" he said "I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him, I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle as a lamb. The Bishop is coming out next week to give him first communion and confirmation."

Reverend Billy Bob the Baptist spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, had one arm and both legs in casts, and had an IV drip.


In his best fire-and-brimstone oratory, he exclaimed,

"WELL, brothers, you KNOW that we Baptists don't sprinkle! I went out and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from God's HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me.
So I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle. We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek. So I quickly DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus. Hallelujah!"


The Priest and the Reverend both looked down at the Rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IVs and monitors running in and out of him. He was in really bad shape.

The Rabbi looked up and said: "Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start."

Next event:

Southern for the Alf Jones Trophy starting at 8:00 on 01st July

 Alan Baker ☎ 03 9551 2272 or 0409 946 702 Reginald Davey ☎ 03 5985 1965 or 0409 964 934 Philip Horsburgh ☎ 0402 076 916 Jeff Stevens ☎ 0408 222 128

Eagle Ridge for the Winter Classic starting at 8:00 on 15th July

 Philip Horsburgh ☎ 0402 076 916 Jeff Stevens ☎ 0408 222 128

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