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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria


July 2019 Newsletter

Match day at Southern Golf Club:

Captain Harold welcomed us to Southern Golf Club and the stableford competition for the Alf Jones 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 very strong winds creating havoc inclusive of a buggy and clubs being given swimming lessons and other buggies blowing over or running away from their owners. The conditions clearly suited our higher handicapped players with only the last 2 of the winner and balls-down-the-line players having handicaps below 30.  The course was in very good condition although the recent wet weather detracted from the playability of the bunkers.

Our starters Alan Baker, Reg Davey, Phillip Horsburgh and Jeff Stevens did a great job in getting us going, but they were hampered by late arrivals. When we play a shotgun start members need to be at the course to register 30 minutes before hitoff. This allows 15 minutes to confirm the playing groups and 15 minutes to walk/ride to the starting holes.

Number of Players / Guests:

We had a good turnout today, with 59 players involved in the competition. There were 5 guests today including for the first time in memory two ladies, Tessa Killmister and Faye Quennell. Tessa and Faye have taken membership application forms and will become very welcome members of the club
Warren Stahel set what must be a club record by inviting three guests: John Newby, Ross Wilson & Graeme Hallam. All three have joined the club.


There were 8 apologies this month

Membership News:

Our next golfing event will be the Ambrose at Eagle Ridge for which you must pay in advance.  This is followed by the stableford competition at Keysborough, on Monday 13st August at 8am for the Alf Jones trophy.  Be there by 7:30am.

CoM Business:

  1. Member's liability Insurance The major concern of the Committee this month is coverage of members insurance. Vice-Captain Jeff has investigated this matter in detail and reported that all members with a golflinks handicap have satisfactory cover. Coverage for other members is still under review.
  2. Club Constitution A need has arisen for a review of the Club's Constitution. A sub-committee will attend to this before the end of the year.
  3. Change of venue and date Patterson River has not been able to meet our requirement for a shotgun start next month. Captain Harold has been able to make a booking with Keysborough in place of Patterson River, but the match will be on the 12th August and not the 5th as was the original event at Patterson River.
  4. Committee assistant roles Succession planning: Several of the Committee roles require background skills and the Committee strongly desire that members with the necessary skills or a willingness to learn these skills come forward with view to taking up assistant roles. Please let Secretary Jeff know if you can help. A strong case in point is Peter Ross who has acted as Assistent Handicapper over the years and has quietly contributed greatly to the efficient running of the club.
  5. 2020 Agenda Planning for next year's agenda is well under way and this has to be finalised for printing by VVGA in early August.

Special Achievements:

These will be reported next month as they are currently unavailable;

Vets Web Site:

Our web creation software is still giving problems and Laurie is not getting any support from our software provider. The website itself is unaffected by this, but till the issue is resolved draft versions of web pages will have to be proof-read on the website.

Captains Report:

Results from 'Southern'

Captain Jeff Stevens welcomed members to Southern Golf Club for the Alf Jones Trophy Stableford event.

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Overall winner

George Giles (36) with 38 points won the Alf Jones Trophy

George received a $40 House of Golf voucher for this effort.

Grade winners

A Grade:  Peter Garbellini (16)  34 points

B Grade:  Bruce Keenan (26)  35 points

C Grade:  Warren Stahel (34)  37 points

Balls down the line:

36 points  Tom Buzza (30)  Alan Baker (35)

34 points  Neil Wilson (33)

33 points  Joe Cirnigliaro (34)  Bill Heron (36)

32 points  Rex Buckeridge (22)  Reginald Davey (26)

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NAGA Award:

Winner Peter Sloan won a House of Golf 30 minute lesson !

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Nearest the pin

Hole 3 Tess Killmister

Hole 6 Peter Fischer

Hole 12 Ray Desmond

Hole 16 Roland Neef

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Door prize Winners:

Tess Killmister celebrated a good day at Southern by winning the door prize of a round for 4 at Southern.

Results from Eagle Ridge

Four player Ambrose

The winners

Donald Barber (13), Chris Macgeorge (36), Warren Stahel (33) & Noel Valle (26) with 58½ nett won the bikkies!


John Newby (18), Ray Desmond (22), Roland Neef (36) & Rod Goode (31) with 58 nett were a creditable second!


With due respect to their sensibilities the Handicapper has not recorded the NAGA winners

Balls down the line

Peter Garbellini (16), George Giles (32), Tom Buzza (29) & Peter Fischer (25) with 58 nett

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Nearest to the Pin:

Thanks to the joys of COVID-19 we were unable to measure the NTP values and therefor no NTPs have been awarded

Birthdays for July 2019

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2nd  Donald MacDonald  73
    Mike Hoyle  70

17th  Patrick Ryan  68

19th  David Heraud  61

20th  Rod Seach  69

30th  Roger Selwood  72

31st  Tess Killmister  71


Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of petrol.

As luck would have it, a garage was just a block away.

She walked to the station to borrow a petrol. can and buy some petrol. The attendant told her that the only petrol can he owned had been borrowed, but she could wait until it was returned.

Since Sister Mary Ann was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car.

She looked for something in her car that she could fill with petrol. and spotted the bedpan she was taking to the patient.

Always resourceful, Sister Mary Ann carried the bedpan to the station, filled it with petrol. and carried the full bedpan back to her car.

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As she was pouring the petrol. into her tank, two Baptists watched from across the street. One of them turned to the other and said,

'If it starts, I'm turning Catholic.'!!

 Next month

  Keysborough 12th August for the Ray Underwood Trophy