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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

March 2020 Newsletter

President Report


President Roger in his first outing welcomed 69 starters to the Waterford Valley course where we were playing for the Thord Lorich Trophy. Roger thanked the WVGC for their hospitality and their support to our Vets club. He noted that the course was in fantastic condition, which was shown by the results and the large attendance by members.


Our tee starters of Peter Garbellini, Chris Tierney, Noel Manning with Chris Proctor did a great effort on getting the field away, seeing we only had the two tees.


Our apologies totalled 21 for the day, with ex-President Donald sending his regards to the field, stating he hopes to be joining us soon on the course.


The guests for the day were, John Tetteroo with John Molloy, Ross Rowley with Tom Buzza and Derek MacCallum was introduced by Alan McAuliffe hoping that they enjoyed the experience and look forward to having them as members.


As a reminder don't forget our sponsors:

  • The House of Golf - drop in and see Innes or his staff for any of your golfing requirements.
  • Window Cleaning Services - see Chris Thorne to assist with this household chore.

Goldfields Tournament.

There is a Gold Fields tournament at the Neangar course, part of the VVGA program in April. At this stage Trevor Bottomley has shown interest.

Bush Fire effort

Our Bush Fire effort from the raffle at the previous golf day at Rossdale resulted in totalling $1025, which was fantastic and thanks for your support to assist the golf clubs in the East Gippsland area, namely Mallacoota and Buchan. It was put to the members of the day that we split the donations to those clubs to assist in the rectification of their course - all in favour.

Annual Subs

The annual subs of $30 for 2020 are now payable to David Vine asap.

CoM Business:

Matters under consideration by the Committee this month included:

  1. Insuring that all our members have Golflinks handicaps.
  2. The review of our Club Management rules including Constitution and Bylaws is continuing by a sub-committee. It is hoped to present the new proposals to members for consideration following the next Committee meeting.
  3. Continued recruitment of members to assist in Club Management and development of skills in the Club for this purpose.
  4. Management of processes for Online Applications for membership.
  5. Marketing Manager Daryl has enabled us to improve the prizes for the winners of the A, B an C grades each month.
  6. Planning to create a rational basis for management of Club income and expenditure.
  7. Following our email inquiry and a show of hands at the meeting, we have had sufficient feedback from members to warrant planning a trip to Buchan later in the year.



Overall winner:

Colin Wiseman (36) with 41 points won the Thord Lorich Trophy

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  Mick Kelly (10)  36 points

B Grade:  Craig Fitchet (21)  36 points

C Grade:  Tom Buzza (28)  32 points

Nearest to the Pin:

2nd hole: Daryl Edwards  5th hole: Peter Garbellini

13th hole:   17th hole: Stan Odachowski

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Balls down the line:

36 points  Roger Selwood (23)

35 points  John Marshall (18)

34 points  Allan Logan (14)  Ron Wells (20)

33 points  Donald Barrett (22)  Bernie Coyle (20)  Ray Desmond (20)

32 points  Shay McQuade (18)

NAGA Award:

Roger Huxstep

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Door prize Winners:


Stan Odachowski celebrated his good day at Waterford Valley by winning the raffle allowing him and three of his friends to play again at Waterford Valley.

For the last few months there has been a further major prize winner in the raffle with a Window Cleaning voucher from member Chris Thorne, but reporting of this has been overlooked. Future newsletters should overcome this ommission.
Our raffles often include further winners of miscellaneous items like bottles of red etc.


Proof reading

Now that the newsletter is being proof read by Rod Goode, Rod raised a query on the unusual spelling of Chris Macgeorge's name.

Chris has let us know as follows:

Spelling our surname is correct - Macgeorge. We cannot afford an extra capital letter....????

Birthday boys for March 2020

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

1st  Jeff Stevens  68

3rd  Derek MacCallum  64

4th  Bruce Keenan  74

8th  Alan Emery  66     Brian Guinane  86

11th  Ian Hoskins  69     Colin Wiseman  72

14th  David Vine  77

16th  Donald Barber  61

18th  Noel Jenkinson  63

22nd  Sam Pilcher  72

27th  Harold Hayes  75

29th  Bernard De Robillard  66

31st  Bill Frey  84     Daryl Edwards  78

Drinking and Golf

A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner. The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?"

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""No, I had to stop drinking years ago" the homeless man replied. 

""Will you spend this on green fees at a golf course instead of food?" the man asked. 

"Are you NUTS?" replied the homeless man. "I haven't played golf in 20 years."

"Well," said the man, "I'm not going to give you money. Instead, I'm going to take you home for a hot shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife."

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The homeless man was astounded."Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that?"

The man replied,

"That's okay.It's important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking and golf."

Bonus fact - early computer issues

Yesterday afternoon anti-virus company Sophos Inc. released a normal anti-virus definition update that managed to detect parts of their own software as malicious code and disabled / deleted sections of their Endpoint security suite, including its ability to auto-update and thus repair itself. For many hours on the 19th, Sophos technical call centers were so busy customers were unable to even get through to wait on hold for assistance. Today thousands of enterprise customers remain crippled and unable to update their security software. Sophos points out that not everyone will be affected: "Please note this issue only affects Windows computers."

Next event:

Churchill/Waverley for the Captain-Presidents Trophy starting at 7:15 on 06th April

 Peter Garbellini ☎ 03 9546 4592 or 0408 569 851 Alex Johnson ☎ 0477 662 000 Noel Manning ☎ 03 9889 0588 or 0408 638 978 Tony Villani ☎ 03 9562 0096 or 0437 336 001

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