Friday, 17 August 2018

Next Game Gordonvale 21 Aug


First my apologies for the non-appearance of the usual post advising of our game last week.  Sometime gremlins strike & cause things to snarl up!  Anyway it seems a good day was had by all, especially Brian Norris & the course was obviously in great condition.

Our next game is a single stableford at Gordonvale.

The course is in good condition with plenty of run, the drains are cut & the greens have improved significantly.

The game is sponsored by Stackapots Vertical Gardens NQ owned by one of our members, Allan Dredge.

See you there.


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

President's Report & Results Atherton 14 Aug

Hi All,

We early risers from the Coast arrived at Atherton today to be greeted by a brisk, very cool southerly wind which the people from the Tablelands were relishing although even some of them were well rugged up. Once the clouds dispersed and the sun climbed higher in the sky, the day turned out to be very pleasant.

As stated before, the Championships were funded by a generous sponsorship by CAIRNS GOLF WORLD through the efforts of Leigh, the Manager. We again would like to express our gratitude for the largesse of this organisation in the support shown by it to the F.N.Q.V.G.A.

Once again the course was in excellent condition and, if anything, the greens were faster and the pins in more treacherous positions than the first week of our Championships. Brendan, the Course Superintendent, must be very proud of the way the course has been presented over the past two weeks. Not only for our Championships, but also the Atherton Open, which was held over the weekend attracting about 150 competitors each day. Our thanks once again go to Kylie and Cheryl who worked hard to provide our nibbles on the first day and the platters of sandwiches for each group on the second day. Their efforts were very much appreciated by everyone.

We had one visitor today from Waburton, Victoria, Alan Johnston. Apparently Warburton is a town which has produced one of our other visitors, John Hall and our Vice-Captain, Russ Gill.

Seventy seven players took to the field today as 67 men and 10 ladies battled for the honour of being crowned Champion Golfer in their respective Divisions. The Daily scores today were indicative of the of the difficulty of the course and the competition for the titles., The best net score in Division I was 69 with three players, Robin Tonks, Marcus Morse and George Studham having that score with Robin winning the day’s competition on a countback.

The efforts of these three players, whilst noteworthy, paled into insignificance with the score returned by one of our veteran Vets, Brian Norris. Brian who is 86 years young, had an 88 off the stick today for a 61 net, a score he has never achieved before in his golfing lifetime. It won the Daily Division II event by 8 shots. Congratulations, Brian a fine effort.

Captain Russ will be endeavouring to have the results of the Championships published in the next 24 hours or so after their confirmation.

See you all at Gordonvale next Tuesday.
Take care,
El Presidente”.


Winner: Robin Tonks, 69 net C/B.
Runner Up: Marcus Morse, 69 net C/B.

Winner: Brian Norris, 61 net.
Runner Up: Neil Stubbin, 69 net.

69 net: George Studham.
70 net: Darryl De Clifford, Peter Edmonds, Tom Stager, Dennis Lankester, Bruce Jenner, Tom Finch.
71 net: Peter Doherty, Bill Eden, Ross White, Peter Clarke.
72 net: Vaughan Smith, Neil Sharkey, Mark Buckle.
73 net: Keith Sanderson, John Richards, John Gregan, Ron Blake, Bob Billingham, Ron Blake, Dave Morrison, Don McHardie.
74 net: Gary Tudehope, George Cooley, Russel Lawrence.

N,T.P.’s: 3rd John Famularo, 11th John Tolhurst, 13th Darryl DeClifford, 18th Peter

Winner: Margaret Finch, 70 net C/B.
Runner Up: Kay Bergiel, 70 net.

71 NET: Gail O’Shea.
72 net: Kay Cleland, Andrina Wilson.
73 net: Liz Edmonds.
75 net: Tessa Meyer.

N.T.P.’S: 3rd Tessa Meyer, 11th Andrina Wilson, 13th Lois Tait, 18th Liz Edmonds.

Next Game Atherton 14 Aug


The second round of our Championships is again at Atherton.

As they have their Open on this weekend,  I'm sure the course will be in as excellent condition as last week, so you should all be practicing for fast greens & pins in interesting positions!

Although it is the final round of our Championships & you may not have played in the first round, you are still elegible to compete in the day event, so hopefully we will see a few more than the 86 who turned up last week.

You will be playing off the same handicap as you used last week & a list of these will be available at registration for those afflicted with mild memory loss.

A platter of assorted sandwiches will be provided for each group on completion of their round.

Golf World Cairns are the sponsors for the overall Championships, but the vouchers for that will not be presented until our presentation day later in the year, which will give Capt. Russ plenty of time to finalise grades, doublecheck all cards & arrange trophies.

Vouchers for the daily event in the usual 3 grades are funded by the Association & will be presented on the day.  (Liz please note there is no truth in the rumour that Pres. Greg is considering a special prize for anyone hitting the Mcdonald's sign on the 10th hole.)

See you there,


Tuesday, 7 August 2018

President's Report & Results Atherton 7 Aug

Hi All,

The first round of the Association’s Championships were held at Atherton today in very good golfing conditions, sunny and cool. GOLF WORLD CAIRNS, one of our valuable weekly sponsors, has sponsored trophies for the Winners and Runners Up in the Gross and Net divisions for all four grades of the Championship, Our Association is very grateful for this level of sponsorship and we thank Leigh from Golf World for his effort in this regard.

The Atherton course is in excellent condition and is a credit to the Course Superintendent, Brendan. The course was prepared as a precursor to the Atherton Open to be held next weekend, with the fairways mowed so that there was good degree of run and the greens were slick with the pins in “interesting” positions. I would think next week the course will be in similar condition for our final round with the pins in some more “interesting” positions.

A field of 86 players participated in the event today, 72 men and 14 ladies. This was a little bit disappointing seeing the Championships are the pinnacle event for the year. Whilst there are obviously circumstances that prevent members from attending, taking all things into consideration, including the tournament, course, the weather and friendship, those who unfortunately didn’t attend today were the ones who lost out. We also again welcomed Ron and Adie Crispin from N.Z. as visitors and also a new member, Ron Blake from Mareeba.

There were some very good scores submitted today and list of grades and provisional placings will be published on the Blog in the next day or so and also disseminated at Atherton next week. There were also some very ordinary scores put up on the board, including that of “El Presidente”.

As well as the golf, it was an interesting day for other reasons. A team of lawyers from Maccas may be in touch after Liz Edmonds hit the McDonald”s sign on the 10th hole. I don’t think we will be defending any action because apparently this is the fifth time Liz has hit the sign so she can’t claim that she didn’t know it was there. It must have been an interesting time with that group as Peter Edmonds did what is now known in modern parlance as a “Gillytonks”, chasing after his wife’s buggy after it headed off down hill. Fortunately no injuries ensued.

We also learnt at presentation of the reactions of an Immigration Officer in Japan who, when processing Wal Anthony for entry into the country asked Wal for his fingerprints. Those who know Wal would understand the Officer’s consternation and knowing Wal’s character he wouldn’t have made it easy on him. For those who don’t know Wal, ask him. He loves telling the story.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Atherton next week for the final round of our Championships. Remember that you have to play off the handicap you played off today. A list of those handicaps will be available at Registration for those of us who may have had a memory lapse.

El Presidente”


Winner: Don McHardie, 64 net.
Runner Up: Peter Steventon, 65 net.

Winner: Bruce Jenner, 67 Net
Runner Up: Graham Morrow, 68 net.

66: Dennis Lankester, Ross White.
68: Garry Castle, Peter Clarke, Dave Ingram, Roger Smith.
69: Peter Klein, Brian Rowan, Peter Edmonds, Ross Ellen, Russ Gill.
70: Neil Stubbin, Wal Anthony, George Brew, Dave Morrison, Peter Doherty, Doug Christisdon.
71: Bob Billingham, Neil Sharkey, Albert Smith, Russell Lawrence.
72: Marcus Morse, Ron Blake, Lou Siedle, Robin Tonks.
73: Bill Foster, Brian Norris, Mark Buckle, Gary Tudehope, John Tolhurst, Tom Finch, Evert Van Kleef.

N.T.P.’s: 3rd Dave Lawler, 11th George Cooley, 13th Craig Alman, 18th Peter Meyer.

Winner: Kay Bergiel, 69 net.
Runner Up: Cathie Coverdale, 70 net.

71: Maria Ling.
72: Andrina Wilson.
73: Celia Fox.
75: Marg Finch.

N.T.P.’s: 3rd Lois Tait, 11th Judy Guzzwell, 13th Andrina Wilson, 18th Andrina Wilson.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Next Game Atherton 7 Aug


Our next game is the  first round of our Championships at Atherton.

Just a reminder, only those players who have been financial for a period of 2 months & who have played in at least 3 event prior to the start date are eligible to take part.  However, they can still play in the day event.

I'm advised the course is in good condition as they had their open at the weekend & the greens are slick.  However, as all our members should be aware there are only limited carts available & they are all booked, so if you need one, bring your own.

A platter of nibblies will be provided for each group on completion of their round, but if you want sandwiches you can order them as usual.

See you there.


Tuesday, 31 July 2018

President's Report & Results Half Moon Bay 31 July

Hi All,

The weather was great, the course in great condition and some of us played good golf when we turned out at Half Moon Bay today. The main thing was that the company was good. The event today was sponsored by BROTHERS LEAGUES CLUB, a long term and valued sponsor.

With the Ladies competition in the City of Cairns Classic being played today, it was expected that the field would be down, not only because of the absence of he ladies but also their spouses and partners. As it turned out 95 players started with 79 men and 16 ladies teeing off, which was very satisfying. While all absent ladies were missed, those who were missed the most by the male members of the Committee, were the three Committee ladies. It is only when they’re not there, one appreciates how much assistance they provide. Lois and Andrina were playing in the Classic and Chris was ministering to hubby, Treasurer John, who was recuperating after an operation. My thanks go to Russ, Wal and Lou for all pitching in with the Board and results. Vice President Robin and I (token ladies! Ed.) made a formidable team in registering the field with charm, poise, empathy and efficiency. More importantly we think we got the money right. (Subject to audit by Treasurer John).

We had two new members join today, Sam Bildardi from Axdale Club near Bendigo and Alan Thorburn of Cairns. This brings our membership up to 238 comprising of 180 men and 58 ladies.

Our Association’s Championships will commence next Tuesday at Atherton. To be eligible a player must have been a member for two months on that date and played at least three games from our program. A list will be available next week of the number of games members played. If you dispute the numbers please speak to a Committee person as soon as you are aware of the possible error. The handicap on which you play in the first round will be frozen for the next round. A list of frozen handicaps will be available prior to the second round. Players may not win more than one major trophy, e.g., one can’t win the Overall Gross and Overall Net in any grade. The grades will be determined after the first round depending on numbers. Players ineligible to compete in the Championship will be eligible to win Daily Events.

Some of us were lucky enough today to witness an effort of epic and courageous proportions in the pursuit of an errant golf buggy by our Vice President Robin. Courageous, because last time this feat was attempted was by our Captain Russ at Millaa Millaa on the first hole. That pursuit was unsuccessful, with the buggy disappearing down the hill and finally overturning with Russ tearing a “hammy” and being out of golf for a couple of months. Whilst looking for a lost ball on the 5th, Robin, out of the corner of his eye, caught sight of his buggy heading apace towards the swamp. With his little legs pumping like pistons and mouthing the words, “I think I can, I think I can”, he chased, making a final lunge to stop the buggy just before it plunged into the swamp. The members of the group were amazed at the speed and elegance of Robin’s style and were very supportive of his effort until……..he struck the Usain Bolt Victory Pose!! That’s when he lost us.
(I admit that I have used a little bit of journalistic licence in his particular item.)

See you all at Atherton and Good Luck.
El Presidente”.


Winner: George Cooley, 41 points.
Runner Up: Garry Castle, 40 points.

Winner: Peter Anderson, 42 points.
Runner Up: Darryl DeClifford, 39 points C/B.

39 points: John Richards.
38 Points: Dennis Lankester.
37 Points: Wal Anthony, Lionel Law.
36 Points: Robin Tonks.
35 Points: Roger Smith, Rod Cade, Neil Sharkey, Merv Elms, Brian Guest, John Tolhurst.
34 Points: Harvey Blanch, Darryl Chandler, Peter Johnston.
33 Points: Eric Pihljhertra, Bill Matthews, Trevor Barry, Dave Ingram, Rick Gooderham, Greg Gibb.
32 Points: Brian Norris, Peter Doherty, John Lombardi, Ron Sylvester, Brian Knowles, Russ Gill.
31 Points: Des Jones, Tom Finch, Sam Bilardi, Graham Morrow, John Pilbin, George Atkinson, James Thomson, Keith Schirmer.

N.T.P.’s: 3rd Peter Anderson, 9th Rick Gooderham, 11th Greg Gibb. 16th Ron Crispin.

Winner: Jenny Alberton, 35 points.
Runner Up: Margaret Finch, 34 points.

34 Points: Gail Wright.
33 Points: Cathy Coverdale.
32 Points: Dee Kottnig.
28 Points: Kay Bergiel.
27 Points: Edna Atkinson.
26 Points: Pris Freeman.

N.T.P.’s: 4th Edna Atkinson, 9th Dee Kottnig, 11th Gail Wright, 16th Jenny Albertson.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Next Game Half Moon Bay 31 July


Our next game is a single stableford Consistency event at Half Moon Bay.

The course is in good condition, we are expected & if you want a sandwich after the game, you can pre-order it as before.

The game is sponsored by Brothers Leagues Club.

See you there.


PS Where does time go?  Our Championships start in August with the first round  at Atherton on 7 Aug. 

Only those players who have been financial for a period of 2 months & who have played in at least 3 event prior to the start date are eligible to take part.  However, they can still play in the day event.