Friday, 19 October 2018

Next Game Gordonvale 23 Oct


Our next game is a single stableford at Gordonvale.

This is the final round in the Ted Thomasson trophy for the year.

The course is in great condition with plenty of run, which will help the shorter hitters make the drains with their second!

Belinda will be looking after you, so there should be no problems with being overcharged for a cart.  Anyone who was overcharged in error last time we played there should mention it to Bel, as I've been advised by club President Anthony you will be refunded the difference.

See you there.


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

President's Report & Results Atherton 16 Oct

Hi All,

Todays game was at Atherton Golf Club with 72 starters consisting of 60 men & 12 ladies with 1 new member Thomas McEwan from Atherton GC with today's sponsor being Stratford Painting Contractors.

The course was in great shape due to the hard work of Brendan and his crew, thanks also to Kylie and Kevin for the eats and bar service. SPC were advertised as fantastic painting contractors and members were urged to utilise their services when house painting is required.

Lois VP


Division 1
Winner: Vaughan Smith, 40 points.
Runner Up: Ernie Bingham, 39 points.

Division II
Winner: Graeme Hughes, 40 points.
Runner Up: Rod Cade, 39 points.

38 Points: Allan Dredge, Peter Doherty, Peter C Edmonds & Dave Jackson
37 Points: Tom Stager & Alan Dwyer
36 Points: Thomas McEwan & Bill Nigel Eden
35 Points :Bryan Brown
34 Points: Darryl DeClifford, Wal Anthony, Mark Grill Buckle, Marcus Morse, Neil Sharkey, Ian McDonald & Graham Morrow
33 Points: Don McHardie, Trevor Barry, Kevin Walsh, Brian Hughes, John Lombardi & Neil Stubbins
32 Points: Peter Johnston, Merv Elms & John Gregan.
31 Points: Claud Clark, Evert Van Kleef & Gary Castle

N.T.P.’s:3rd Trevor Barry, 11th Don McHardie, 13th Bill Eden & 18th Ross White

Winner: Celia Fox, 39 points.
Runner Up: Liz Edmonds 36 points.

36 Points: Lois Tait
34 Points: Gail O`Shea.
33 Points: Julie Wallace & Doreen Law
32 Points: Andrina Wilson

N.T.P.’s: 3rd Doreen Law 11th Celia Fox 13th Suda Woodward & 18th Gail O`Shea.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Next Game Atherton 16 Oct


Our next game is our last at Atherton for the year, so hopefully we will have a great turnout.  It is a single stableford & counts towards the Ted Thomasson trophy.

We can expect the course to be in its usual good condition, although there is a temporary green on the 16th whilst the regular one is under renovation.

Sponsor for the day is Stratford Painting Contractors.

See you there.


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

President's Report & Results Cairns 9 Oct

Hi All,

Today was Greg Gibbs final day and final speech as President, he was very sincere about thanking committee members individually for their efforts over the previous 12 months stating that without their dedication the FNQVGA would not run as smooth as it does. Greg also paid tribute to Claud Clark our Patron along with all sponsors that support us throughout the year. Greg completed his very exhaustive speech in such an emotional manner that Andrina was required to supply the box of Kleenex to get him over the line.

Many thanks to Greg Gibbs for his jocular attitude over the previous 12 months as President and the committee and members wished him well and nothing but the best for the future for Greg and his family and their move back to NSW.

Todays game was at CGC with 92 starters consisting of 75 men & 17 ladies with 3 new members;
Peter Walters: Gordonvale, Mike George: Yappoon and Ernest Bingham from North Johnstone.

Robin VP


Division 1
Winner:  Marcus Morse, 39 points.
Runner Up:  Kevin Walsh, 39 points.

Division II
Winner: John Famularo, 42 points.
Runner Up: Peter Jostons, 38points.

39 Points: Evert Van Kleef, Keith Schirmer
38 Points: John Gregan
37 Points: Graham Ross, John Bawden.
36 Points: Bob Billingham, Roger Glover, Rod Cade, Trevor Barry, Peter Doherty,
Peter Mcmenamin, Ken Berrigan.
35 Points:George Atkinson, Victor Lee, Gavin Smith, Craig Alman, John Everall.
34 Points: Dave Ingram, John Tolhurst, Bill Foster, Leon Nelson, Vaughan Smith.
33 Points: Mark Buckle, Peter Clarke, Franz Thelan, Don Thomson, Ian Schofield, John Evans, John Pilbin, Claud Clark, Tae Zheng, Ian Tindall.

N.T.P.’s:5th Craig Alman. 8th Gavin Smith, 11th Roger Glover, 17th Lionel Law.

Winner: Celia Fox, 41 points.
Runner Up: Liz Edmonds 37points.

34Points: Gail Wright.
33 Points: Suda Woodward.
31 Points: Kay Bergiel.
30 Points: Jan Wundersitz, Judy Guzzwell.
29 Points: Maria Ling, Joy Evans

N.T.P.’s: 5th Edna Atkinson, 8th Jenny Albertsen, 11th Gail Wright, 17th Judy Guzzwell.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Next Game Cairns 9 Oct


Our next game is a relaxing single stableford at Cairns golf club.

The course looks in good condition & I'm sure the greens will be as slick as usual.

Our sponsor for the day is Cazalys AFL.

This will be President Greg's last event before he moves to NSW, where he will be able to wear his State of Origin blues with less comment than he gets here.  No doubt he will have plenty to say, probably even more than at Mareeba, so do come & express your appreciation for his efforts & advice on rules of golf over the years.

See you there.


President's Report & Results Mareeba 2 Oct

Hi All,

The game today at Mareeba was played on a course that was prepared today by Ron Cade and Michael and presented in an extremely good condition. The holes were cut in some “interesting” places. Some of which the majority of us had not seen before. However it was the same for all.

We had a relatively small field of 77 today, comprising 62 men and 15 ladies. The event which was the final one for the Association’s Consistency Trophy, was sponsored by BROTHERS LEAGUES CLUB. Supporting our sponsors is essential if we are to keep our fees at a level that encourages the older golfers to keep playing this great game. So if your looking for a night out try a visit to Brothers.

We had one new member join today, and we welcome Ken Berriman formerly of Wauchope and Howlong and now, after resisting a number of overtures of Cairns members, is a member of H.M.B. A very wise choice.

We are approaching that time of the year when we encourage members to participate in the management of our Association by putting their names forward to serve on the Committee. When we conducted the survey last year, about 8 -10 members indicated they were interested in becoming part of the administration of sport. We usually only have four to five formal meetings a year, with several “email” meetings if required. Game day is obviously when the biggest effort is required but most of our Committee multitask and there is always someone there to help out if needed. If you think you are prepared to help out, please speak to any of the present or past Committee members and they will give you any information they can.

The game next week is at Cairns and I expect the course to be in very good condition. That will be my last game before leaving to live in N.S.W. so to those who won’t be able to make it there, thanks for your friendship over the years, allowing me to serve on the Committee in various roles and mainly the enjoyment of your company.

Yours in golf,
“El Presidente”.


Division 1
Winner: Garry Castle, 38 points.
Runner Up: Peter Wyatt, 37 points.

Division II
Winner: George Kyriazis, 39 points.
Runner Up: Dave Ingram, 37 points.

36 Points: George Atkinson, Ken Berriman.
35 Points: Trevor Barry, Leon Nelson, Zbig Bergiel.
34 Points: Peter McMenamin, Kevin Walsh, Doug Christison, Rod Cade, Ken Baker, John Gregan.
33 Points: Bill Foster, Alan Thorburn, Darryl Chandler, Peter Johnston.
32 Points: Bill Leonard, Peter Edmonds, Brian Hughes, Wal Anthony.
31 Points: Greg Gibb, Peter Doherty, Graeme Chappell, Lou Siedle, Graham Hughes,
John Pilbin, Ian Tindall.

N.T.P.’s: 4th Peter Doherty, 8th Vaughan Smith, 11th John Lombardi, 13th Charlie Brkic.

Winner: Joy Evans, 38 points.
Runner Up: Julie Wallace 35 points.

33 Points: Cathy Coverdale.
32 Points: Edna Atkinson.
31 Points: Judy Guzzwell.
29 Points: Lois Tait, Doreen Law.

N.T.P.’s: 4th Andrina Wilson, 8th Cathy Coverdale, 11th Judy Guzzwell, 13th Edna Atkinson.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Next Game Mareeba 2 Oct


Our next game is a single stableford event at Mareeba & is the last of our Consistency events.

I'm told the course is in good condition with the fairways watered & greens not too fast.

The event is sponsored by Brothers Leagues Club.

See you there.


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

President's Reort & Results Half Moon Bay 25 Sep

Hi All,
It was a great day for golf at Half Moon Bay today.and the condition of the course matched the day. It brought out a great field of 103 players, including 21 ladies. Also included were four new members, Leon Nelson (Cairns), Ken Berrigan (Wauchope), Charlie Brkic (Mount Coolum), Debra Smith (Innisfail). A sincere welcome is extended to each and everyone of them. This brings our total membership to 248.

The competition was a 44BBB Aggregate with the field divided into three groups, The first group of teams comprising of 2 men., the second group consisting of a man and a lady with the final teams consisting solely of ladies.

The game today was sponsored by HALF MOON BAY GOLF CLUB and we wish to thank the Club Manager Greg Ferry, who is on leave at the present time, for the continued sponsorship of the F.N.Q. Vets. Normally this has been in the form of slab of beer for our free raffle.

Today’s sponsorship was extended to vouchers for our Winners, etc. This enabled basically a doubling the number of the vouchers to 2 Winners and 2 Runners up for the first two groups with only the Winner receiving a voucher in the small “all Ladies Group”. A normal Ball Rundown and N.T.P.s was also conducted.

Our thanks go to the staff that tended to us today, Dale and Ollie in the Golf Shop and Bar, with Jazz serving the food from the kitchen. Our special thanks go to Allison, the Office Administrator, for last minute re-arrangement of the vouchers.

It was really encouraging to see the numbers of members staying having a chat and patronising the club facilities. This was actually commented upon by Allison who was ecstatic with the business generated by our members..

Our next day is at Mareeba with our normal Registration between 7am and 8am.
It is also recommended that players pre-order their food.

See you there,
El Presidente”.


Winners: Bruce Jenner & Tae Zhang, 73.
Runners Up: Bill Eden & Tom Stager, 68

Winners: Doreen & Lionel Law, 63.
Runners Up: Edna & George Atkinson, 59.

Winners: Kay Cleland & Judy Guzzwell, 59.

67: Peter Johnston & Rod Ingram.
65: Dave Lawler & Neil Hamilton.
64: Alan Thorburn & Trevor Barry, Claud Clark & Russ Gill, Kevin Walsh & Roger Smith, Allan Dwyer & Barry Gaudion.
63: Dave Ingram & Doug Christison, John Evans & Darryl De Clifford, Barry
Chandler & Alan Dredge.
62: Len Face & Tony Tanner, Garry Castle & Dave Jackson.
61: Leon Nelson & Peter Wyatt.
60: Brian Norris & Ian MacLeod-Carey, Norm Lockwood & Zbig Bergiel.
59: Dee Kottnig & Gail Wright.
58 Yasuo Kumagae & Eric Pihlhjerta, Merv Elms & Neil Sharkey, Les Doolan &
Barry Pike.

N.T.P.’s Men: 3rd Peter Edmonds, 9th Alan Dwyer, 16th Graeme Chappell.

N.T.P.’s Ladies: 4th Glynnis Mc Grath, 9th Debra Smith 16th Gail Wright.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Next Game Half Moon Bay 25 Sep


Our next game is a bit of a change of pace, being a 4BBB Aggregate stableford at Half Moon Bay.

To make things easier for the handicapper you should:

-  take a card for yourself & put both your name & your partner's on the card,

- mark the card with your two scores on it, eg 4/3 in column 1 & 5/2 in column 2 & add the stableford points together in the final results column.  The total aggregate for the game should be shown at the top of the card as usual.

The course will be in its usual good condition with fast greens.

If you would like to order a snack at the end of the game, please place your order before you go out as usual.

See you there.


PS  It seems that there are some members that are unaware that we own a defibrillator, which we obtained some years ago in the interests of health & safety.  This is left at the registration table during each game in case anyone needs it & it is simple to use.  If you have any queries about this essential item, please see a committee member.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

President's Report & Results Babinda 18 Sep

Hi All,
What a great joy it was today to see the improvement in the greens from last time we journeyed to Royal Babinda. After months of continuous rain prior to our last visit in July, even the intense efforts of the volunteers could not prevent the greens turning basically into deserts. The change in the conditions of the greens is only due the extreme efforts of the Babinda volunteers, Peter,Tom, Matt and Chris and of course, Wal. Those who may have played today but didn’t play in July, might say that “there’s still bare patches and a temporary green” but they could never comprehend the improvement.

On the first twelve holes Wal showed our group how good the greens were by one-putting the first 6 holes, followed by three 2 putts, another one putt and a chip-in. That’s about the time the handbrake came on but he still had 42 points.

Our field today of 67, that is 56 men and 11 ladies, was an ideal size for a 9 hole course and the game flowed smoothly. Our sponsor today was WAL ANTHONY who handcrafted two beautiful coffee tables, one for the male winner and the other for the ladies’ winner. Additionally, he provided two boxes of balls for the Runners Up. As Wal came second he donated the box of ball back and they went to the third place winner, Chris Hannam.

We had one Visitor today, Andrew McMath, the Vice President of Warburton Golf Club. We have had several visitors from that Golf Club recently, obviously encouraged to play with our group by the President of that Club, John Hall, who has been up here for several weeks. It was John’s last day today and he has promised to return next year.

For those who are unaware, my wife and I have accepted the offer of a villa in a Retirement Village in the Illawarra region of N.S.W. As a result, I will not be standing for re-election at the A.G.M. in November. Our actual date of leaving is dependent on the sale of our house up here. I will continue as President until that date is determined and then resign the position.

Our next game is a HALF MOON BAY. The Club requests that you pre-order sandwiches, burgers, chips etc. prior to the game. See you all there.

Yours in golf,
“El Presidente”.

Winner: Darryl Chandler, 46 Points.
Runner Up: Wal Anthony, 42 Points.

39 Points: Chris Hannam.
37 Points: Graham Morrow.
36 Points: George Atkinson, Harvey Blanch.
35 Points: Doug Christison, Merv Hains, Bruce Jenner, Garry Castle.
34 Points: Bob Billingham, John Hall, Bill Foster, Russ Gill, Roger Smith.
33 Points: Lionel Law, Kevin Walsh, Roger Glover, George Kyriazis, Evert Van Kleef.
32 Points: Peter Doherty, Lou Siedle, Ian Macleod-Carey, Rod Cade, Darryl De Clifford, Trevor Gordon, Peter Johnston, Keith Schirmer, Robin Tonks.

N.T.P.’s 2/11 Dave Lawler, 4/13 George Kyriazis, 5/14 Darryl Chandler.

Winner: Edna Atkinson, 36 Points.
Runner Up: Liz Edmonds, 32 Points.

31 Points: Suda Woodward.
30 Points: Judy Guzzwell.
28 Points: Julie Wallace.
27 Points: Andrina Wilson, Doreen Law.

N.T.P.’s: 2/11 Kay Bergiel, 4/13 Edna Atkinson, 5/14 Judy Guzzwell.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Next Game Babinda 18 Sep


Our next game is the final round for the Patron's Trophy & is a single stableford at Babinda.

Please note there is a later registration time of 0730-0830 to allow those further afield to get there.

Wal advises that the greens are much improved & there's plenty of run so you should be able to make the drains a bit easier!

As usual, Wal has provided the prizes consisting of his lovely tables below.

See you there.


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

President's Report & Results Cairns 11 Sep

Hi All,

It was a great day at Cairns, with the weather pleasant and the course in great condition. The pins were set in some “interesting” positions on some of the holes and quite accessible on others. The greens were fast and true.

We had a field of 95 today including 15 ladies. We also had a visitor, Trevor Angus from Camberwell, play with us and in fact, joined our Association bringing our total Membership to 244.

Today’s event was a Stroke round and the final scoring round in the Stanton Bailey Trophy, the previous two rounds being held in conjunction with the Championships. The sponsor for today’s game was STRATFORD PAINTING CONTRACTORS, with the principal of the firm, Gordon Perry playing with us. This is Gordon’s first year of sponsoring us and with any luck the sponsorship will continue next. It would be remiss of me not to mention the role that Vice President Robin played in securing this sponsorship. It is greatly appreciated.

Players will notice that the N.T.P. for the Men on the 5th hole was not awarded today. The reason being that the marker was placed out by the Committee as a “one shot” N.T.P. At some point it appears that a player has changed it to a “two shot” N.T.P. Whilst this format was trialled at our last Cairns game, (apparently this fromat is used by Cairns in some competitions for C Graders) the Committee decided not to pursue it in future games. It should be understood by all players that the Committee is the sole arbiter of any and all competitions held under the auspices of the F,N,Q.V.G.A., including N.T.P.’s.

Vice President’s assertion in last week’s blog that, in filling in for me due to a trip to NSW, he had completed the Presidents’ report at presentation in about 2 minutes was almost like waving a red flag to me. Today, in a frenzy of speech making, I completed a welcome of members to Cairns G.C., welcome to visitors, thanks to our sponsor and handed over the microphone to Captain Russ for announcement of winners in 21 seconds. It wasn’t me though and I grabbed the microphone back off him and continued on with my with scintillating report.

Our next game is at Babinda and don’t forget it will be a later Registration 7.30am to 8.30am.

Yours in golf,
El Presidente”.


Winner: Neil Arnott, 69 net, C/B.
Runner Up: Roger Glover, 69 net.

Winner: John Pilbin, 66 net.
Runner Up: Rick Gooderham.

70 net: John Lombardi. Robin Tonks.
72 net: Les Doolan, Peter Doherty, Neil Hamilton, Denis Vohland, John Hall.
73 net: Frank Thelan, George Studham.
74 net: Graham Roberts, Brian Rowan, Graham Chappel.
75 net: Allan Dwyer, Brian Guest, Peter Edmonds, Don Thomson, Ross White,
Barry Vining, Darryl DeClifford, Brian Norris.
76 net: Albert Smith, Dave Jackson, Gordon Perry, Tae Zheng, Claud Clark.
Dave Lawler, Peter Klein, Trevor Angus. John Everall, George Kyriazis.

N.T.P.’s: 8th Graham Roberts, 11th Graeme Chappel, 17th Roger Smith.

Winner: Suda Woodward, 77 net C/B.
Runner Up: Gail O’Shea, 77 net.

78 net: Andrina Wilson, Jan Wundersitz.
79 net: Kay Cleland.
83 net. Rosemary Barker.
84 net: Annette Tesch.
87 net: Lois Tait.

N.T,P.’s: 5th Kay Cleland, 11th Maria Ling, 17th Lois Tait.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Next Game Cairns 11 Sep


Our next game is at Cairns golf club & the greens will be fast after their championships, but in compensation I'm told there's plenty of run on the fairways.

The round is a single stroke being the third & final round of the Stanton Bailey trophy, (the other two were our Championship rounds).

The game is sponsored by Stratford Painting Contractors & hopefully owner Gordon will be able to play.

See you there,


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

President's Report & Results Millaa Millaa 4 Sep

Firstly thanks to Don Mchardie as he promised me excellent weather a week earlier and he was true to his word as the weather was perfect and the course was in good condition. Thanks to Marg & Hugh for the tea/coffee, pies & bar service, they both looked after us extremely well yet again.

Thanks also to our sponsor Cazalys AFL. If you are down in Cairns drop in for a meal, play on the pokies or have a beer or two & mention you value their sponsorship.

There were 56 members comprising of 47 men & 9 ladies including 2 visitors, so only one division for men.  Welcome to visitors from Millaa Millaa, Keith Dixon & Ray Marsh

I promised myself that I would get the members home 15 minutes earlier than normal due to Greg`s absence and I kept my word and limited my speech to 2 mins max. The 7th green was a good talking point by members in the clubhouse and I made a passing comment regarding the speed of the green.

Next week at Cairns and back to the normal 0700-0800 tee times.

Vice pres


Div 1 Winner:  Wal Anthony 40 points
Div 1 Runner Up:  Doug Christison 38 points c/b

NTPs:  1st Garry Castle, 5th Russ Gill

38 points:  Keith Schirmer
37 points:  Bob Billingham
36 points:  Craig Alman, Russ Gill, Alan Dredge, Brian Hughes
34 points:  Tom Stager
33 points:  Rex White,, Garry Castle, Peter Edmonds, Vaughan Smith, Tony Lattimore, Ian MacLeod-Carey
32 Points:  John Lombardi, Bruce Jenner, Albert Smith, Keith Dixon, Don McHardie

Ladies Winner:  Lois Tait 40 points
Runner Up:  Judy Guzzwell 35 points

NTPs:  1st Liz Edmonds, 5th Kay Cleland

34 points:  Andrina Wilson, Gail O'Shea
32 points:  Liz Edmonds
30 points:  Joy White

Friday, 31 August 2018

Next Game Millaa Millaa 4 Sep


Our next game is a single stableford at Millaa Millaa, being the third round of our Patron's Trophy.

To assist those living further afield or who prefer a long lie in, time of registration has been changed to 0730 to 0830.

I'm sure the course will be in its usual fine condition so why not enjoy a drive up there & if you don't play too well, you may manage to spot a Humbolts tree kangaroo whilst fossicking in the trees!


Tuesday, 28 August 2018

President's Report & Results Half Moon Bay 28 Aug

Hi All,

A great day for a game of golf dawned at Half Moon Bay this morning. The course was in excellent condition with the greens being cut and rolled before our game and the bunkers raked. Credit must go to Grant, the Course Superintendent and to his willing staff. Our thanks also go to Greg Ferry, the club’s manager, who donated a case of beer for our free raffle, and to Jazz in the kitchen and Dale, the Pro Shop and Bar for looking after our members, pre- and post-game.

We had 90 starters today in our Single Stableford event sponsored by our valued sponsor,  Darren Golder, the proprietor of DRUMMOND GOLF CAIRNS. He again has supplied us with Drummond vouchers. Winners are reminded that the vouchers have a one month expiry date on them unless an extension can be negotiated with Darren, which he is generally happy to do.

The field consisted of 69 men and 21 ladies who competed in the day’s event which goes towards the year’s Consistency Trophy. We had three visitors today, Errol Frewen “across the ditch” from New Zealand, and also Graeme Neil and his wife Diane from Tin Can Bay. A hearty welcome was extended to them all.

Whilst talking about visitors, the time has arrived when we farewell Marg and Tom Finch and Tessa and Peter Meyer. I know that myself and all members of our Association are delighted when both couples arrive on their yearly visit. Each couple adds their own level and brand of cheerfulness to our golf days that is hard to imagine. It was good to see each of them take away a voucher or ball today from our comp. We wish them safe travel to their respective homes and sincerely wish that they will join us around about this time next year so we can again enjoy their company.

We had no new members join today and our total membership stands at 243. It consists of 185 men and 58 women and it is heartening to see the ladies maintaining their 25% share of the total.

Members are reminded that the scores entered by players on the scoreboards at games are unofficial and purely for information. The only official results are those determined and announced by the Captain.  Congratulations to John Tolhurst who had an eagle on 6.

Our next game is at Millaa Millaa and all members are advised that with the agreement of the Club we have put back our Registration to 7.30am to 8.30am.

Yours in golf,
El Presidente”.


Winner: Russ Gill, 41 points.
Runner Up: Vaughan Smith, 37 points.

Winner: Graham Morrow, 41 points.
Runner Up: George Brew, 39 points

38 Points: Peter Wyatt, Dave Jackson.
36 Points: Vaughan Edwards, Roger Smith, John Tolhurst, Keith Schirmer, John Gregan, Robin Tonks.
35 Points: Eric Pihljherta. Dave Ingram, Lionel Law, Lou Siedle.
34 Points: Ron Sylvester, Wal Anthony, Bill Eden.
33 Points: Bill Foster, Evert Van Kleef, George Atkinson, Peter Meyer, Greg Gibb,
Ross White, Darryl De Clifford, George Kyriazis.
32 Points: Tom Finch, Peter Klein, John Sinclair, Barry Pike, Victor Lee, Marcus Morse, Dave Lawler, Garry Castle, Barrie Gaudion.

N.T.P.’s: 3rd and 11th Peter Anderson, 9th Peter Wyatt, 16th Barry Vining.

Winner: Andrina Wilson, 36 points.
Runner Up: Tessa Meyer, 34 points.

34 Points: Marg Finch.
33 Points: Heather Forster.
31 Points: Celia Fox, Gail O’Shea, Lois Tait.
30 Points: Gail Wright, Maria Ling.
29 Points: Joy Evans, Doreen Minning, Judy Guzzwell.

N.T.P.’s: 4th Heather Forster, 9th Andrina Wilson, 11th Lois Tait, 16th Gail Wright.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Next Game Half Moon Bay 28 Aug


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

I can advise from personal experience earlier this week that the greens are very slippery & apart from that all the usual hazards await!

The game is sponsored by Drummond Golf Cairns.

See you there.


PS The game after that is at Millaa Millaa & registration will start a bit later at 0730 to allow those who prefer a long lie in to get there for the game.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

President's Report & Results Gordonvale 21 Aug

Hi All,

Quite a chilly morning greeted us at Gordonvale this morning but as is normal, once the sun rose so did the temperature and it turned into quite a pleasant day. The day was sponsored by one of our very own, Allan Dredge who is the distributor for STACKAPOTS VERTICAL GARDENS NQ, an innovative way to enjoy your gardening when faced with a limited area to work in. We thank Allan very much for this sponsorship.

The course at Gordonvale was in good condition, although dry, with plenty of run. The greens have improved immeasurably since earlier this year when they had all sorts of problems. The overall grass coverage is remarkable and a credit to the Course Superintendent, Rob and the people who helped him.

We had 78 men and 15 ladies make up the field of 93 in our Single Stableford event today.  We had two visitors today, Alan Johnston from Warburton and Phil Hart from Caboolture and I'm quite sure that they were gratified by the warm welcome show to them by our members. Alan is a friend of John Hall, whilst Phil is a mate of Secretary Lou.

Phil is the Vice Chairman of the National Association of Left Handed Golfers Australia. To be a member of this organisation, one must be a true left handed golfer and one is only allowed to play a right hand stroke to extract oneself from a trouble situation or to backhand short putt. Your President has suffered the discrimination exhibited by this organisation when, seeking to join, was told that as I was a right handed putter, I was ineligible. When I revealed this at presentation, my motivational guru on all things golf related, the Vice President, called out, “Hey Mr. Pres, you should go back to left hand putting and join up and enjoy yourself because, judging on today’s performance, you can’t putt right hand either”. Thanks Robin.

Phil gave a short talk and then presented a specially minted badge of the N.A.L.G.A. to Bill Eden, a left hander and Division II winner today. Bill, (or “Nigel No Friends” as he likes to be known) now joins an elite group of golfers who have been presented with this badge, namely Bubba Watson, Greg Chalmers and Greg Norman. Whilst Norman is obviously right handed, he was awarded his badge on the strength of a left handed trouble shot he played in a tournament, onto the green and sinking the putt for a birdie.

Our Association is very grateful for this this presentation and Phil has left a different item to be presented to the best left hander at H.M.B next Tuesday.

Don’t forget H.M.B. next Tuesday and if you’re requiring food from the restaurant, the Club would prefer you pre-order through the Pro Shop when you arrive. Don’t forget we’ll have the usual free raffle for a slab of beer, generously donated by Greg Ferry, the Manager, on behalf of the Club. The event will be a Single Stableford Consistency competition.


Winner: Lou Siedle, 40 points, C/B.
Runner Up: John Richards, 40 points.

Winner: Bill Eden, 42 points.
Runner Up: Eric Pihlhjerta, 40 points C/B.

40 Points: George Kyriazis.
39 Points: Darryl Chandler, George Brew.
38 Points: Ian Tindall.
37 Points: Ross White, Wal Anthony.
36 Points: Cec Turner, Rod Ingram, Peter Edmonds, Bruce Jenner, Peter Anderson, Keith Schirmer, Robin Tonks.
35 Points: Peter Doherty, Marcus Morse, Max Crittenden, Graham Real, John Tolhurst, Brian Hughes, Grahame Webb, Bob Billingham, Neil Sharkey, John Gregan.
34 Points: Peter Meyer, Peter McMenamin, Ron Blake, George Atkinson, Rick
33 Points: Phil Hart, Harvey Blanch, Albert Smith, Tony Tanner, Greg Gibb.

N.T.P.’s: 5th John Richards, 8th Rick Gooderham, 14th Allan Dredge, 17th Peter Edmonds.

Winner: Suda Woodward, 38 points.
Runner Up: Lois Tait, 33 points.

33 Points: Celia Fox.
32 Points: Joy Evans, Tessa Meyer, Marg Finch.
30 Points: Jenny Albertson, Julie Wallace, Edna Atkinson.

N.T.P.’s: 5th Andrina Wilson, 8th Marg Finch, 14th Joy Evand, 17th Lois Tait.

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.