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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria

April 2020 Newsletter

President Report


Corona virus:

The Corona virus has severely impacted all of us and most sadly our golf.  As a result this report is very short with other information sent to members by email.

CoM Business:

With the Committee unable to meet it must deal with the following issues by telephone and email.

  1. When can we start playing again;
  2. What will be the restrictions;
  3. Contacting our host clubs with a view to establishing next years agenda
  4. Policy for a surcharge to play at the more expensive courses
  5. Meaningful maintenance of contact with members
  6. Membership renewal
  7. Changes to our Constitution and Bylaws

Web site:

Webmaster Laurie will continue adding to the web site.  A new page has been created allowing regular posting of new jokes and other stuff.  In particular we would like to post some members faviourite music. Please let Laurie know of your faviourites and we'll make them available. The newsletter will continue, but in very reduced format as there will be minimal President's information and no results to report.

    VVGA 4 ball championship - Colac

    The VVGA 4 ball championships were held at Colac Golf Club this year. As organised by President Roger a team from our Club attended.

    Owing to the influence of the Corona virus playing numbers were down and finally the second days play was cancelled, leaving the results based on the one day only.

    Other social aspects of the event were cancelled. Even eating in Colac was impacted by the social restrictions.

    The Colac Course.

    Looping around the Colac racecourse a couple of km South of Colac, one might expect the course to be flat. In fact it's quite undulating with a couple of walk slowly to get your breath type rises. Overlooking Colac towards Lake Colac there are some good views. As befits a course prepared for the tournament the fairways and greens were in very good condition providing an excellent meal for the local cockatoos. The sideways movement of putts left a lot of them well below the hole. A relative lack of bunkers made most of us happy.

    Partial results for the Club members were as follows:

    The scoring system provides for a best ball handicap adjusted 1 round stroke score and the A grade winners had a score of 65 while Jeff and Phil won B grade with 62.

    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.

    Birthday boys for April 2020

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

    1st  Peter Charlewood  82

    5th  Dave Cureton  70     Tom Govern  76

    6th  Anthony French  73

    7th  Geoffrey Milne  70

    9th  Roland Neef  80

    11th  Faye Quennell  83

    18th  Bernie Coyle  74     Shay McQuade  64

    19th  John Molloy  73     Marg Holden  68

    21st  Lance Bolam  85

    24th  Ray Reed  86

    25th  Joe Cirnigliaro  76

    26th  Reginald Davey  79

    29th  George Giles  85

    Amazing Grace

    As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

    Piper not found

    I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

    I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

    The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around.  I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

    Grave not found

    And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car.  Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

    As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say,

    "I never seen nothing like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

    Next event

    This is in the hands of the Corona virus diety!

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