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Veterans Golf Club of Victoria


December 2021 Newsletter

President Report

President Report:

The Club almost returned to normal for our event at Waterford Valley on Monday 6 Dec 2021.  There was a two tee start, lots of good and bad golf played and a thorough enjoyable day had by all.

Vice President Peter Garbellini welcomed members to Waterford Valley and praised the course and co-operation of the Club in having our 59 starters play there.

John Hiscock shows hole in one ball
John with the magic ball

By the end of the day though some things were a little different.  For the third known time a Club member recorded a hole in one during a club event.  John Hiscock was the hero and, fortunately Ray Desmond was able to record John for posterity.  John joins Tony O'Reilly (5th at Waverley Public) and Daryl Edwards (6th at Eagle Ridge) with this achievement.

It turns out that John was not the only recent 'hole in one' as Ray Desmond had another at Brighton two weeks ago.

John and Daryl
Hole-in-one at Club event - John & Daryl

The co-incidence of two of these rare events lead to a search of our newsletters where the following was found for members playing non-veterans-club golf:
    • Laurie Comerford on the 4th at Barnsted Country Club (UK) on 3rd July 2012
    • Lance Bolam on the 6th at Churchill Park on 25th February 2014
    • Laurie Comerford on the 3rd at Rossdale on 30th January 2015
    • Ray Desmond on the 11th at Brighton on 4th March 2017
    • Karl Lindberg on the 13th at Brighton on 7th February2018
    • Terry Brownscombe on the 3rd at Keysborough on 21st March 2018
    • Jeff Stevens on the 14th at Lakelands (Gold Coast) on 22nd July 2018
    • Laurie Comerford on the 12th at Patterson River on 28th September 2018
    • Jim Collins on the 3rd at Sandringham in December 2018
    • Roger Selwood on the 13th at Centenary Park on 17th December 2018
    • Bill Dooley on the 3rd at Brighton on 4th January 2020
    • Ray Desmond on the 3rd at Brighton on 27th November 2021

It is very likely that holes-in-one by some members have been missed.  Please let Laurie know and we can add you to the list.

Statisticians aside:

Of the 15 holes-in-one noted above, 9 were by Committee members and 1 by pseudo-committee member John Hiscock. The clear message is: if you want to get a hole-in-one -- Join the Committee! 
Bearing in mind that Ray Desmond has at least several more undocumented Holes-in-one the join the Committee message should be stronger.

In addition 5 of the achievements were on the 3rd hole.  Does this mean it's easier while you're fresh?

Since posting the newsletter I have heard of two other holes-in-one by Club members, but they were before the member joined.

The next noticeable and a first for the Club was the win of "C" grade by Marg Holden.  Now we have an enthusiastic group of lady players appearing regularly in the Club events we can expect to see them in the winners circle from time to time.

Other members noted their golfing achievements over the last month, but no pen was available to collect the details.


Members, now that regulations have changed please remember to support our Club sponsors- The House of Golf and Jimmy's Jams for which we are extremely grateful.  Members can purchase a 3 jar pack for $20 from David Heraud at our events.

Presentation function 2021.

Booking for the Presentation lunch at the Rossdale Golf Club on Monday the 13th of December has closed.  For those attending please arrive between 12.00 - 12.30p.m. and with your CoVID double vaccination evidence readily available.

The cost will be $50 per attendee for the pre dinner drink and a 2 course meal.  Payment is to be made at the table and can be by cash, cheque or evidence of direct debit payment to the Club in a named envelope.

At the function we will be announcing our Club Champion, Presidents and Captains award along with the Aged category winners.

2022 Golfers digest

Our Marketing person, Daryl Edwards is taking orders for next years Golfers Digest which is RRP $30 but if purchasing through our club you can obtain it for $15.  Great value and discounts at courses throughout Australia.

We are still looking for that elusive $60 from Cranbourne.  Please check your info., much appreciated.

Web site:

New members of the Club may not be aware that the match day results are published on the web site on the afternoon of the event.  Handicapper Ray enters all results and these show up on the Results page accessible from the members index page.  The full details sheet will generally be added the next day as it has to go through an email on the way to the web.

Golf tips

I expect most of our members play golf primarily for the joy of play and socialising, rather than as a serious attempt to be the "improved golfer" and "winner".

The advice here is for those who want to improve and are prepared to put extra effort into doing so.

Without a shadow of doubt the best way to improve is to seek professional help and practice what you learn.

For those who wish to avoid the cost of professional help, there is the Internet.

I used a Google search for golf tips and found: About 1,430,000,000 results (0.64 seconds)

My favoured search engine did not show the number of results, but clearly it would have been vast.

Some of these web sites offer to send "daily tips" and amongst those which have turned up on my computer are:

  1. GOLFPASS <>
  2. Golf Pro Tips <>
  3. Revolution Golf Weekly Tips <>
  4. Thomas Golf Tips <>

In the early days of them arriving I used to select the link in the email and view the associated video or on-line tips.

After a while the whole scene seemed boring and now I find 147 out of 242 emails since 2018 have not been read, awaiting the time when I have nothing to do.

Captain Jeff Stevens welcomed members to 'Waterford Valley Golf Club' for the Bob Leverington Trophy event.

Results from 'Waterford Valley'

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Overall winner

Bernard De Robillard (18) with 40 points won the Bob Leverington Trophy

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

Grade winners

A Grade:  Peter Garbellini (13)  33 points

B Grade:  Gary Finnis (27)  37 points

C Grade:  Marg Holden (40)  36 points

Balls down the line:

36 points  Bruce Keenan ()

34 points  Tom Buzza ()

33 points  Ray Desmond ()  Ian Cornish ()

32 points  Donald Barber ()  Daryl Edwards ()  John Hiscock ()  Philip Horsburgh ()  David Paterson ()

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If you hadn't hit it so often, we'd have finished in daylight

NAGA Award:

Winner Geoffrey Milne won a House of Golf 30 minute lesson.

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Nearest the pin

Hole 2 Philip Horsburgh

Hole 5 John Hiscock

Hole 13 Donald Barber

Hole 17 Bernard De Robillard

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Door prize Winners:

Ian Cornish celebrated a good day at Waterford Valley by winning the door prize allowing him and three of his friends to play again at Waterford Valley.

Joe Cirnigliaro has the opportunity to try Jimmys Jams thanks to David Heraud.

Christopher Tierney won the third of our door prizes, a nice bottle of red.

Birthday boys for December 2021

Congratulations and best wishes to our members whose birthday falls in December.Picture

5th  Yvonne Daniel  78

8th  Valerie Purves  72

10th  Mick Kelly  73

12th  Innes Ireland  55

13th  Terry Donohue  75

16th  Chris Procter  75

17th  Al Abraham  74

19th  Graeme Hallam  78     Jeff Taylor  80

20th  Christopher Tierney  72

22nd  John Matthews  75     Tom Buzza  76

27th  George Robinson  79

30th  Donald Barrett  86

Family compexities

Two men met at a bus stop and struck up a conversation. One of them kept complaining of family problems.

Finally, the other man said, "You think you have family problems? Listen to my situation. A few years ago, I met a young widow with a grown-up daughter, and we got married. Later my father married my stepdaughter. That made my stepdaughter my stepmother and my father became my stepson. Also, my wife became mother-in-law of her father-in-law.
Then the daughter of my wife, my stepmother, had a son. This boy was my half-brother because he was my father's son, but he was also the son of my wife's daughter, which made him my wife's grandson. That made me the grandfather of my half-brother. This was nothing until my wife and I had a son. Now the half-sister of my son, my stepmother, is also the grandmother. 

The supreme invention
The family 'tree?'

This makes my father the brother-in-law of my child, whose stepsister is my father's wife. I'm my stepmother's brother-in-law, my wife is her own child's aunt, my son is my father's nephew and I'm my own grandfather!

And you think you have family problems!"