Friday, 20 October 2017

Presidents Report & Results Cairns 17 Oct

Cairns - 17th October, 2017
It was with sadness that we learned today of the recent passing of Carol Madden, a long time member of Gordonvale Golf Club and the Far North Queensland Vets. The sympathy and thoughts of the Committee and the Membership of the Association go to her family and friends.

DEB DUFFY REAL ESTATE was our sponsor today and the Association is very grateful for her continued support. Any member contemplating selling or buying real estate is encouraged to contact Deb to see how she can help you. The 53 Men and 13 Ladies who attended Cairns Golf Club today were greeted with overcast conditions with a very light sprinkle. Unfortunately the weather deteriorated about a third of the way through the round into steady rain eventually returning to the overcast light sprinkle experienced earlier. Although the numbers were not to the level of those normally expected for Cairns, the weather, possibly coupled with the event being staged and the loss of 17 members to the Australian Vets Championships on the Gold Coast didn't help. 

In regard to the type of event we schedule, at the A.G.M. it is hoped a survey will be handed out seeking Member's opinions on a variety of topics, including the type of events we play, their regularity and popularity. All suggestions will be actively considered with the idea of creating a program for 2018 which might encourage more older golfers to join our organisation.

A number of the Committee, including President Roger, were absent at the Championships but the remaining Committee Members pitched in and each added different roles to their normal duties. Wal Anthony took over handing out the balls to previous winners, As well as “subbing” for President Roger, I went out and put out the N.T.P.'s. Russell, together with his Captain's role, took over as the “scribe” of the white board as well as distributing the cards to the playing groups, a job normally performed by two of our Committee. (It makes one wonder what they actually do for the big money they're getting paid). 

A special thanks must go to Darryl De Clifford who assisted Chris Everall in the Treasurer's role. One might ask, “Where was John, our Treasurer?” If you were thinking that he was down at the Gold Coast with the others, the answer is “No”. He was actually returning to Kewarra Beach to pick up his wife's golf clubs which he had forgotten to put in the car with his clubs.

We also would like to welcome a new member, Mike Hawney from Cairns who brings our membership up to 186 men and 53 ladies, a total of 239.

Next game will be at Atherton and with the sun coming up earlier and the cooler (but not cold) conditions on the Tablelands, we're hoping for a good turnout.


Results: Four Ball Best Ball Multiplier.
1st: Gordon Noble and Peter Wyatt – 73 points.
2nd: Bob Turner and Greg Gibb – 65 points (on a Count Back)
Ball Rundown:
65 Points: Peter McMenanin and Graham Ross.
56 Points: Ian McLeod-Carey and Brian Norris, Maurie Smith ans Bill Matthews.
54 Points: Evert Van Kleef and Marcos Morse, Neil Sharkey and Bill Eden.
53 Poinrts: Tracey Dickinson and Ross Ellen, Jim Logan and John Pilbin. 
52 Points: Ken Baker and Roger Glover, Neil Hamilton and David Lawler.
51 Points: Liz and Peter Edmonds.
50 Points: Darryl Chandler and Allan Dredge.
47 Points: Claud Clark and Brian Brown.
Ladies Nearest to Pins:
5th and 8th : Judy Guzzwell. 11th : Belle Gillan. 17th : May Wilkinson.
Mens Nearest to Pins
5th : Allan Dredge. 8th : Darryl Chandler. 11th : Tim Hollman. 17th : Maurie Smith


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Next Game Cairns 17 Oct


Our next game is at Cairns & is a 4 Ball Multiplier.

This wonderful game can make or break friendships quite quickly but can be fun if you retain your sense of humour, which after all is what golf is all about, although sometimes we need to be reminded of that! 

To remind you of the comp, you need to keep both your scores on the one card, your stableford points will be multiplied by your partners points, eg; 3 times 3= 9 points for the team, but 3 times 0 is a wipe so both players need to be “on the ball”. Your individual score will still be handicapped so all is not lost if your partner is not much chop.

Many of the committee will be away competing in the Nationals or on holiday, so please give Russ & the remaining workers a hand if they need it.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

President's Report & Results Mareeba 10 Oct

Today was a single stableford event at Mareeba Golf Club and a small field of 63 men and 17 ladies enjoyed perfect conditions on a course that was nowhere near as dry as one might have thought given the lack of rain. The fairways were quite lush and only the wayward golfers found themselves on bare ground.

The sponsor today was CAPE YORK ACCOUNTING and I thank them for the support shown to veterans golf.

Next Tuesday we play at Cairns and the event is 4 ball multiplier. This means your stableford points will be multiplied by your partners points, eg; 3 times 3= 9 points for the team, but 3 times 0 is a wipe so both players need to be “on the ball”. Your individual score will still be handicapped so all is not lost if your partner is not much chop.

I am accumulating quite a stock of lost property including a new glove and an insulated drink bottle from Babinda and a few iron covers from today so please see Greg at the desk next week if you own any of these.


MENS DIV1 WINNER; Brian Brown 37 points c/b.
RUNNER UP; Evert Van Kleef 37 points.

MENS DIV2 WINNER; Peter Edmonds 41 points.
RUNNER UP; Bruce Jenner 37 points.

MENS NTP; 4th Brian Brown, 8th Tom Stager, 11th Ian Tindall, 13th John Famularo.

37 points, Brian Norris, William Matthews.
36 points, Alan Dwyer, Wal Anthony.
35 points, Gary Castle, Jim Logan, Ian Schofield, Greg Gibb, Doug Christison, Harvey Blanche, Cec Turner.
34 points, Darryl Chandler, David Lawler, Rick Gooderham, Ross Ellen, Robin Tonks.
33 points, Gordon Noble, Ken Baker, Barry Butt, Jack Dempsey, Ian Tindall, Roger Smith,
Max Crittenden, Vern Sandilant.
32 points, Alan Dredge, George Atkinson, Peter McMemamin, John Familaro, Bob Billingham,
Harry Ali Khan, Peter Johnston.

LADIES WINNER; Joy Evans 41 points.
RUNNER UP; Judy Ellis 38 points.

LADIES NTP; 4th & 11th Chris Everall, 8th Jane Taylor, 13th Andrina Wilson.

35 points, Julie Wallace, Suda Woodward.
34 points, Jane Taylor, Jenny Albertson, Kay Bergiel.
31 points, Liz Edmonds, Chris Everall.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Next Game Mareeba 10 Oct


Our game next week is a single stableford at Mareeba.

I'm told the fairways are green & the greens are holding, so come & enjoy the game & some of Gabi's turnovers!

The game is sponsored by Cape York Accounting.

See you there.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

President's Report & Results Babinda 3 Oct

Today we traveled to Babinda for the final round of the Patrons Trophy and the winner of that will be announced in due course. Once again we scored a fine day and although I did put my brolly up at one stage, it was just a short shower. The day did however remind us that winter is over for another year and the humidity of summer is fast approaching.

As I am sure most of you know, Babinda Golf Club is run totally by the members and helpers, so the course is a credit to the work and dedication of a mere handful of people. On behalf of FNQ vets I thank them and the clubhouse helpers for their efforts.

The sponsor today was our vice captain and Babinda member Wal Anthony of HERITAGE CABINETS . Wal has donated 2 very attractive timber coffee tables for the ladies and mens winners as well as a dozen balls each for the runners up.

The field today was 45 men and 11 ladies and we welcome one new member in Gavin Smith of Mareeba.
Membership for 2017 currently stands at 238 which is one more than the same time last year.

MENS WINNER; Chris Hannam 41 points.
RUNNER UP; Gordon Noble 38 points .

MENS NTP; 2/11 Noel Webster, 5/14 Robin Tonks.

37 points, John Gregan, Peter Penny.
36 points, Ross Ellen, Wal Anthony.
34 points, Bob Billingham.
33 points, Bob Turner, Alan Dwyer, Peter Johnston, Bill Matthews.
32 points, Garry Castle, Marcus Morse, Evert Van Kleef, Rod Ingram.
31 points, Peter Edmonds, Max Smith.
30 points, Roger Smith, George Brew, Tom Stager, Michael Taylor, John Everall.

LADIES WINNER; Julie Wallace 38 points.
RUNNER UP; Andrina Wilson 32 points.

LADIES NTP; 2/11 Chris Everall, 4/13 Judy Guzzwell.

31 points, Edna Atkinson, Lil Benfield.
29 points, Jane Taylor, Tracey Dickinson, May Wilkinson.
28 points, Lois Tait.  

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Next Game Babinda 3 Oct


Our game next week is a single stableford at Babinda, being the final round of the Patron's Trophy.

The game is sponsored by Wal Anthony again & below is one of the beautiful tables he has made as prizes.

See you there.


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

President's Report & Results Half Moon Bay 26 Sep


Hi All,

I am writing this on behalf of President Roger who was tied up on “Poppy” duties today and although he was at HMB at Registration, could not stay.

We had an average field for Half Moon Bay of 89 members and visitors, consisting of 72 men and 17 ladies. We had 4 new members join today, Maurie Smith and Bill Matthews from Cairns, Tony Neilson from HMB and Arthur Buckley from Paradise Palms. Dick Underwood from HMB played as a visitor. The new members bring our total membership to 237, consisting of 184 men and 53 ladies.

Today's event was sponsored by COMPLETE HEALTH AND FITNESS SOLUTIONS and we were lucky to have one of the principals of the company, Scott Payne, play with us. It is always a pleasure to have any of our sponsors join us for a game, so we can gain some rapport rather than them being just a faceless entity. Scott was called away prior to presentation and although he tried to return to present the trophies could not get back in time. When he did return, he added three additional trophies to his sponsorship. These consisted of vouchers for the winners in the three Divisions and entitle the recipient to an Initial Assessment and a One month Exercise Studio Membership. Scott was saying he has a new laser machine that treats muscles tears, etc., and Captain Russ, who has had the treatment used on his hamstring which he injured at Millaa Millaa, swears by it.

The course was in excellent condition and is a credit to the Grant, the Course Superintendent and his staff. Again our thanks go to Greg Ferry, the Manager for donating a case of beer for our free raffle. The staff in the Golf Shop were very efficient in looking after the influx of our members from 6.30am on. Thanks also go to Mike McManus and Gordon Noble for the preparation of those succulent hamburgers. It's hard to comprehend why we are not getting the numbers at HMB that we used to get a year or so go. Perhaps when the Members' Survey goes out later in the year we may get some answers.

The tickets in the Beer Raffle were handed out by one of our Committee, Andrina Wilson, who then tore the remaining butts out, placed them in the ice bucket for the draw and then drew out the winning ticket who was (Drum Roooollllll), ANDRINA WILSON !! Although there were a number of disbelieving catcalls I can vouch that everything was above board. Trust me, I'm a former Police Officer.

Next game will be at at Royal Babinda and will be the final Round of the Patron's Trophy which is for the best aggregate Stableford score returned over the four rounds held at the two 9 Hole courses, Babinda and Millaa Millaa.

See you there,



DIVISION I WINNER – Garry Castle, 43 points on a countback.
DIVISION I RUNNER UP – Maurie Smith, 43 points.

DIVISION II WINNER – Barry Pike, 42 points.
DIVISION II RUNNER UP – John Famularo, 39 points.

38 points: Claud Clark, Bill Foster, Cec Turner.
37 points; Marcus Morse.
36 points; Jack Dempsey, Ross Ellen.
35 points: Peter Johnston, Ross White, Michael Taylor, John Gregan.
34 points: Neil Hamilton, Peter Wyatt, Evert Van Kleef.
33 points: Lou Siedle, Max Smith, Peter Klein, Darryl de Clifford, George Atkinson.
32 points: Tim Hollman, John Bawden, Graham Ross, Goerge Studham, John Pilbin, Max Crittenden, Tony Neilson, John Everall.
30 points: Neil Sharkey, Graeme Webb, Bruce Jenner, George Brew.

NEAREST THE PIN: 3rd – Davd Ingram, 9th – Neil Hamilton, 16th – Maurie Smith, 18th – Bryan Guest.


WINNER - Rosemary Barker – 35 points on a countback.
RUNNER UP - Edna Atkinson – 35 points.

34 points: Tracey Dickinson.
33 points: Andrina Wilson, Lesley Ross.
32 points: Heather Forster, Margo Desira.
31 points: Suda Woodward.
30 points: Cathie Coverdale.

NEAREST TO THE PIN: 4th – Belle Gillan, 9th – Lesley Ross, 11th – Edna Atkinson, 16th – Lil Benfield.