Tuesday, 22 May 2018

President's Report & Results Cairns 22 May

Hi All,

Today our Association played at Cairns Golf Club in cool and blustery conditions. The event was as usual, a Stableford event and also a scoring event for the Consistency Trophy. Once again BROTHERS LEAGUES CLUB supplied sponsorship for the event by the way of Gift Cards. The presentation of the course proved to be excellent and the Manager, Matt Boland, who happened to be in the clubhouse at trophy presentation time was congratulated on its condition.

A total of 106 players, comprised of 83 men and 23 ladies, fronted the starter and due to the changing and gusty wind, found the course relatively difficult. The ball rundown went to 30 for the men and 29 for the ladies. The players included a new member, Mark Buckle, a member of Cairns and a hearty welcome is extended to him. We now have 191 members, 145 men and 46 ladies.

Next time we play at Cairns we may have change to one of the N.T.P.’s. Lois Tait was saying that, on Saturdays, the N.T.P. on the 5th hole is played as a one-shot hole for the Ladies and a two shot hole for the men rather than the opposite way we normally play Par 3’s. When one considers the difference in distances from the men’s tee compared to the ladies’ tee that is a reasonable call. The consensus of the Committee members present today was that we should give it a try.

Names are starting to flow in for the Mirage game on 6th July. At the present time we have 45 members who have nominated, with 3 reserves also putting their names down. The game, including a cart, will cost you $35 total. To nominate, give your name to John Everall next week plus $10 deposit and your place will be reserved. The Committee decided that those who nominated for the washed out game will get first preference and those who weren’t part of that first list will be put on the “reserve” list. Further information will be published as the date gets closer.

I think that those who attended the presentation today would agree that my dissertation was the shortest they have heard me give. I found that, due to the absence of Vice President Robin, who is presently on holidays, I was deprived of the incentive to keep talking. His cries of “Get Off”, “Someone take the mike off him” and various other catcalls only stirs me on to greater heights. So maybe that’s the answer to the “alleged” problem of my “alleged” excessive talking at presentation. Get rid of the Vice President!!

Hopefully I’ll see you all at Atherton next week.

Yours in golf,
“El Presidente”


Winner: John Everall, 42 points.
Runner Up: Greg Gibb, 38 points. C/B

Winner: Yasuo Kumagae, 39 points. C/B
Runner Up: Harvey Blanch, 39 points.

38 Points: Evert Van Kleef
37 Points: Darryl Chandler, Allan Dredge.
36 Points: Bill Foster, Peter Klein, Brian Guest.
35 Points: Doug Chistison, Ian Tindall.
34 Points: Roger Smith, Peter Edmonds, Rod Ingram, Neil Sharkey, Lionel Law.
33 Points: Brian Panigas, Vaughan Edwards, Russell Lawrence, Dennis Vohland,
Don Thomson, Allan Dwyer, Dave Jackson, John Gregan, Vern Smith.
32 Points: Neil Hamilton, George Studham.
31 Points: Peter McMenamin, Ross White, Mark Buckle, Garry Tudehope.
30 Points: Bruce Jenner, Brian Norris, Michael Taylor, Barry Pike, Graham Morrow.

\N.T.P.’s: 5th Brian Brown, 8th Don McHardie, 11th George Studham, 17th Graham Ross.

Winner: Maria Ling, 34 points. C/B
Runner Up: Kandice Van Fleet, 34 points.

31 Points: Edna Atkinson, Liz Edmonds.
30 Points: Lois Tait.
29 Points: Zola Dale, Belle Gillan, Gail Wright, Judy Ellis, Heather Foster.

N.T.P.’s: 5th Belle Gillan, 8th Zola Dale, 11th Lil Benfield, 17th Judy Ellis.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Next Game Cairns 22 May


Our next game is a single stableford event at Cairns.

I'm told the course is in good condition & no doubt the greens will be fast as usual.

The game is sponsored by Brothers Leagues Club.

See you there.


PS Other games around the ridges:

- Miriam Vale Vets Open 5 June.  Nominations by 30 May, ring - Kate 0428 742 143 e-mail jkbell@bigpond.com or Or Lorraine Emery 0414 566 391 e-mail - rainey272@bigpond.com

- Tropics Vets Inaugural Open at what was the Willows in Townsville on 26 July.  Nominations by 8 June paulcosgriff@bigpond.com ph 0438 783 445

- Drummond Golf Cairns Charity golf day 14 July at Half Moon Bay GC.   Nominations at HMB Pro Shop 4055 7933 or email cairns@drummondgolf.com

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

President's Report & Results Mareeba 15 May

Hi All,

Although there was a bit of a chill in the air when we all arrived at Mareeba this morning, the day day turned out to be a glorious one. Warm and clear, what this time of year is all about.

We had 79 player today contest a Stableford Event which was the first round to the Ted Thomasson Trophy. The field consisted of 69 men and 10 ladies. The course was again in very good condition, both greens and fairway. I can also vouch for the fact that the rough was in good condition too. The course is a credit to Rod Cade and his team of three octogenarian volunteers who help him keep the course in the condition we find it.

The game was sponsored by DRUMMOND GOLF, Darren Golder being the proprietor of the business which is a long time sponsor. Due to a change in company policy, all players are advised that Golf Vouchers sponsored by Drummond’s and won through the Vets now have a one month expiry from the date on which the voucher was won. That date is endorsed on the voucher. It is the responsibility of the successful players, if not present at the day’s presentation. to collect the voucher as soon as they can to give themselves maximum opportunity to redeem the voucher within the allotted time.

Registrations for our Mirage game opened today with 29 nominations. As was stated in last week’s Blog, preference will be given to those players who nominated for the wash-out game in March. Treasurer John is keeping a reserve list of those who are nominating for the first time should there be any vacancies when nominations close.

The Committee is going through a period where our numbers are down temporarily, due to the absence of Committee members for various reasons. This will be so for the next couple of weeks. It was most obvious today that the players appeared to be aware of this shortfall and acted with consideration during registration, presentation, etc. This was most appreciated by all of the remaining Committee.

Our next game will be at Cairns on 22nd May, and I hope to see you all there.

As a reminder to all players, please put your FULL golflink number on your card as it makes it easier for the Captain to enter the scores.  Failure to do so in future may result in disqualification or your scores being entered as NSR.

Yours in golf,
El President"

Winner: Evert Van Kleef, 40 points.
Runner Up: William Matthews, 39 points.

Winner: Darryl De Clifford, 37 points (C/B).
Runner Up: Ian Tindall, 37 points.

38 Points: Ross Ellen.
36 Points: Roger Glover, Vaughan Edwards, Neil Hamilton.
35 Points: Bruce Jenner, Ken Baker, John Evans, Neil Sharkey, Lou Siedle, John Sinclair.
34 Points: John Gregan, Rod Cade, Russell Lawrence, George Atkinson, Graeme Chappel, Ross White.
33 Points: Frank Thelan, Marcus Morse, John Everall, John Famularo, George Studham.
32 Points: Brian Panigas, Graham Morrow, Zbig Bergiel, Bob Billingham, Allan Dredge,
Merv Elms.

N.T.P.’s: 4th Marcus Morse, 8th Roger Glover, 11th Bruce Jenner, 13th John Richards.

Winner: Edna Atkinson, 34 Points (C/B).
Runner Up: Georgie Jarred, 34 Points.

33 Points: Tracy Dickinson.
31 Points: Judy Ellis, Jane Taylor.
30 Points: Kay Bergiel, Belle Gillan, Annette Tesch.

N.T.P.’s: 4th Annette Tesch, 8th Kay Bergiel, 11th and 13th Tracy Dickinson.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Next Game Mareeba 15 May


Our next game is a single stableford at Mareeba.  This is the first round for the Ted Thomasson trophy.

I'm told the course is in great condition & I'm sure Gaby will have some apple turnovers available as usual.

The game is sponsored by Drummond Golf.

See you there & if you want to order one of our shirts, Lois will be taking orders at registration for the next three weeks to 5 June.


PS Other games for the travelling golfer:

- Tropic of Capricorn Veteran Golfers Carnival 20-29 Aug, nomination forms from www.cqvets.com

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

President's Report & Results Gordonvale 8 May

Hi all,

The day dawned cloudy and with misty showers hovering around the Gordonvale area. The day improved and I think we all got through the game without too much discomfort.

There were 73 members in attendance, 55 men and 18 ladies.  We competed in a Single Stableford event which was sponsored by DRUMMOND GOLF, one of our long term supporters. We welcomed a visitor from Cranbourne, Trevor Hamilton and a “new” or returning Member, Meryl Gil.

The fairways were good and the course prepared nicely for our visit. The greens appeared to be improving but still have a little way to go to catch up to where they were a couple of months ago. Overall, a number of players found the course to their liking. “El Presidente” had his best round in 12 months to win Men’s Division I with 43 points, John Bawden won Division II with 39 points and Judy Guzzwell won the Ladies’ Division with 38 points.

After V.P. Robin had preliminary discussions with a member of staff at Mirage Country Club, today I had further discussions with Geoff Peard, the Manager and as a result we have booked a game at that course for Friday 6th July, 2018. The event will be a Single Stableford, Shotgun start. The fees will remain as for the washed-out game, i.e. $35 per head with a $10 deposit. The Committee has decided that those members who paid their deposits for the first game will get first preference of entry to this game. The field will be restricted to the first 88 players registered and a chronological list will be kept. The field may be increased to 96 at the discretion of the Committee. Additionally, only players who are financial members of the F.N.Q.V.G.A. as at today’s date are eligible to enter. This is to prevent players joining just to get a cheap game and also to protect Mirage’s “Grey Nomad” market during a busy time for the resort. Further information will be disseminated as it comes to hand and registration will commence next Tuesday.

Our next game will be at Mareeba on 15th May and is the first round of the Ted Thomasson Trophy.  Lois will be taking shirt orders from that date for the next three weeks to 5 June, so please see her if you would like one of our shirts.

Yours in golf,
El Presidente”


Division I
Winner: Greg Gibb, 43 points.
Runner Up: David Jackson, 39 points.

Divisionn II
Winner: John Bawden, 39 points.
Runner Up: Frank Thelan, 38 points.

38 Points: Peter Klein, Peter Dalziel.
37 Points: Bob Billingham.
36 Points: Zbig Bergiel, Dave Ingram, Bruce Jenner.
35 Points: Brian Rowan, John Richards, Lou Siedle, Rod Ingram.
34 Points: John Lombrdi, Len Fase, John Tolhurst.
33 Points: Bill Foster, Neil Sharkey, Lionel Law, Tim Hollman, Trevor Hamilton.
32 Points: Alan Dredge, Ross Ellen, Alan Dwyer, James Thomson, Graeme Chappel, Peter Edmonds, Doug Christison.

N.T.P.’s: 5th Doug Christison, 8th Peter Dalziel, 14th John Tolhurst, 17th Dave Ingram.

Winner: Judy Guzzwell, 38 points.
Runner Up: Kandice Van Kleef, 36 points.

34 Points: Edna Atkinson.
33 Points: Belle Gillan, Sue Taylor.
32 Points: Suda Woodward, Judy Ellis.
29 Points: Lil Benfield.

N.T.P.’s: 5th Judy Ellis, 8th Edna Atkinson, 14th Belle Gillan, 17th Sue Taylor.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Next Game Gordonvale 6 May


Our next game is a single stableford at Gordonvale.  (Some members have mentioned to Captain Russ that they thought the next game was at Cairns, but where they obtained that information no-one knows, as the program available at registration & on the blog is very clear that it is at Gordonvale & it has NOT changed.)

Since our last game at Gordonvale the greens have been sprayed & are very slowly coming back.  The drains have also been mowed although the rough in them was so thick that it is quite patchy & there's plenty of hay in them to swallow your balls, so avoid!

The game is sponsored by Drummond Golf Cairns.

See you there.


PS Other games around the ridges:

Canungra Area Golf Club have commenced a monthly open Vets day Apr - Nov.  Details from Damon Palliser dpalliser@bigpond.com.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

President's Report & Results Atherton 1 May

Hi Everyone,

On arrival at Atherton today we were all greeted with that nip in the air that, as Summer retreats, is synonymous with Tablelands’ mornings. The day itself had patches of overcast sky but the majority of the day was sunny and pleasantly warm. Luckily, by the time some showers started to fall, the whole field was in.

The course itself was in very good condition, with the greens excellent and running at a good speed. The day’s scores reflected this. I think everyone will agree that some of the pins were in some “interesting” positions, with holes 14 and 15 immediately springing to mind. The course is a great credit to the Green-keeper, Brendan and the members he has helping him. If this standard of course continues throughout the year, it augurs well for the Club and our Championships in August. Thanks also go to Kylie, the Club manager and to Kevin who was behind the bar looking after our needs.

The event today was a Consistency event and was sponsored by BROTHERS LEAGUES CLUB and we are very grateful of their continued sponsorship. We had 79 players tee off, 67 men and 12 ladies. It was interesting that the Winners and Runners Up in both Men’s Divisions were Tablelands members. Talk about “local knowledge”.

Our three Committee ladies were away today, but contrary to the expectations of the three, the male members of the Committee handled registration, et cetera, in a completely professional and efficient manner. There was some talk that the men could handle it on their own all of the time. Joking! Joking! Sorry! Sorry! Ladies, please come back, we did really miss you. However, there is an allegation, unsubstantiated at this stage, there were two 10/6 groups waiting on the 6th tee with a statement being made that “the men are useless on the registration desk without women to guide them”. 

Our best wishes go to Tom Stager, who was operated on in Townsville yesterday to have a heart valve replaced. In a text forwarded to me during the game from his good Mate, Wal Anthony, Tom was back to giving cheek and thus, according to Wal, was O.K. I never cease to be amazed by the resilience of the man considering the trials he has faced over the past 13 or so years. It may be some weeks before Tom joins us again at the Vets but he will certainly be welcomed back. Wal will keep us apprised of Tom’s recovery progress as time goes by.

Our next game will be at Gordonvale on 8th May. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

El Presidente


Division I
Winner: Denis Lankester, 38 Points C/B.
Runner Up: Mick Grumley, 38 Points.

Division II
Winner: Brian Brown, 39 Points.
Runner Up: Rod Cade 38 Points.

38 Points: Wally Alston, Mike Van Cuylenburg, Peter Doherty.
37 Points: Peter Wyatt, Mike McManus, Graham Morrow, Robin Tonks,
36 Points: Peter Johnston, Neil Hamilton, Evert Van Kleef, Ron Sylvester, Ross Ellen.
35 Points: Maurie Smith, Neil Stubbin, Alan Dwyer, Dave Morrison.
34 Points: Frank Thelan, Doug Christison, Harvey Blanch, Peter Dalzeil, Bob Billingham, Ross White.
33 Points: Don McHardie, Peter Klein, Darryl De Clifford, Dave Ingram, Peter Clarke.

N.T.P.’s: 3rd Ross White, 11th Mick Grumley, 13th Mike McManus, 18th Garry Castle.
EAGLE 1st Russell Lawrence.

Winner: Kay Bergiel, 37 Points C/B.
Runner Up: Judy Guzzwell, 37 Points.

36 Points: Sue Taylor.
32 Points: Belle Gillan.
31 Points: Judy Ellis, Liz Edmonds, Jenny Albertson.

N.T.P.’s: 3rd Judy Guzzwell, 11th Liz Edmonds, 13th Jenny Albertson, 18th Belle Gillan.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Next Game Atherton 1 May


Our next game is another single stableford Consistency event at Atherton.

I'm told the course is in great condition with fast greens.

Sponsor for the day is Brothers Leagues Club.

See you there.


PS For those interested in other games:

- Ingham Veterans Golf Open 23-25 July.  For nominations contact misudann@bigpond.net.au or from www.qvgu.com.au/news

- Tropical Coast Veterans' Championship at Cardwell 17/18 July.  For nominations contact jackieolditch@bigpond.com or www.qvgu.com.au/news

- FNQ Golf Championships 7 & 8 July at Gordonvale GC.  For registrations https://www.mitournament.com/tournament/viewTournament;jsessionid=37F2B7202CD1B27624E216A31EE6FC7D?execution=e1s1 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

President's Report & Results Half Moon Bay 24 Apr

Hi Everyone,
Our game today was played at Half Moon Bay in very agreeable weather conditions with a stiff south-easterly breeze keeping the temperatures down and the conditions resulting in some quite good scoring. The course was in good condition with the greens coming back nicely after renovations were delayed last week by the weather. Thanks go once again to Greg Ferry, who has had the past week or so disrupted by the installation of a new cool room. As there was a shortage of packaged beer due to the short week, Greg substituted the usual slab of beer for our raffle for a box of Titleist balls which was won by our Secretary Lou.

Ninety-nine players teed it up, 22 ladies and 77 men, and it is encouraging to see about one-third of the field comprised of ladies. One of the players today was one of our generous weekly sponsors, Gordon Perry of Stratford Painting Contractors. It was great to see him come along and have a game with us and we hope that this can be repeated over the rest of the year.

We welcomed six new members today and this is, in no doubt, very much due to encouragement from our members and a positive view of our organisation. The new members are Neal Arnott and Bruce Knowles from Cairns and Keith Jarrett, Chris Davidson, Margaret Heslop and Dee Kottnig from Half Moon Bay. This means our membership now stands at 176, made up of 134 men and 42 ladies.

Our sponsor today was COMPLETE HEALTH AND FITNESS SOLUTIONS of English Street, Manunda. The principal of the firm, Scott Payne, is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with a Degree in Human Movement and has a broad range of experience from basic fitness through to his passion, cardiovascular rehabilitation. Scott normally has a game with us but his growing business prevented that from occurring today. If you are interested in taking part in any of his programs give Scott a call. If you need any confirmation of the benefits of working with Scott, Russ Gill, our Captain, would be only too pleased to offer a positive recommendation.

In line with a suggestion initially raised by Claud Clark, our Patron, we have been endeavouring to provide a little bit of variation in the trophy vouchers. We have been trialling vouchers purchased from different outlets with ourt sponsorship money, today being from “Woolies” for the men and Suzanne Grae for the ladies. There seems to be a positive response from members to this concept and we will endeavour to repeat it on occasions throughout the year.

The Committee members who look after the registration of players each morning have always tried to be accommodating with requests from members regarding the composition of playing groups when one of the intended group has not arrived. Unfortunately, it reached a situation today where there were more than a dozen of these partly formed, but registered groups awaiting “absent” partners. This obviously causes delay in allocating tee spots and slows down the whole registration procedure. The registrars are also expected to remember which group is waiting for which player and if they inadvertently don’t follow the request made by the paying player, can be the subject of unjustified criticism.

Where ever possible players should make up their four ball prior to presenting at registration. Singles, two’s and three’s will be made up as soon as another player is available. All players should be ready to play after registration.

In the future, it will be assumed that any group of LESS THAN FOUR PLAYERS which has been registered and paid for, is that group’s full complement of players. Those players will be available to be placed with any other players who are “spare” to form a group of four. If a group of four, and in fact any group, is to be registered, it should not be registered until all members of that group are present. Additionally, if a group of four is to be registered, it is to be fully paid for. There is to be no exception to this assumption and/or requirement.

“El Presidente”.


Division I
Winner: George Studham, 39 Points.
Runner Up: John Evans, 38 Points.

Division II
Winner: Merv Elms, 38 Points.
Runner Up: Mike Van Cuylenburg, 36 Points.

36 Points: Keith Jarrett.
35 Points: George Atkinson, Peter Edmonds, Maurie Smith, Roger Smith, John Sinclair, Jack Dempsey, David Jackson.
34 Points: Harvey Blanch, Lou Siedle, Brian Norris, Ian McLeod-Carey, Gordon Noble.
33 Points: Evert Van Kleef, Claud Clark, Greg Gibb, Len Fase, John Tolhurst.
32 Points: Chris Davidson, Graham Webb, Neil Sharkey, Frank Thelan, Darryl Chandler, John Gregan, Keith Schirmer.
31 Points: Brian Brown, John Pilbin, John Everall, Darryl de Clifford, Peter Dalziel, Peter Wyatt.
30 Points: Victor Lee, Peter Johnston, Graham Ross, Ross White.

N.T.P.’s: 3rd John Sinclair, 9th John Gregan, 11th John Tolhurst, 16th Graham Webb.
EAGLE: 18th Bruce Knowles.

Winner: Andrina Wilson, 36 Points.
Runner Up: Kandy Van Kleef, 31 Points,

30 Points: Suda Woodward, Edna Atkinson, Joy Evans.
29 Points: Lil Benfield, Annette Tesch, Kay Cleland, Judy Ellis.

N.P.T.’s: 4th and 16th Kay Cleland, 9th Andrina Wilson, 11th Lois Tait.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Next Game Half Moon Bay 24 Apr


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

The game is sponsored by Complete Health & Fitness Solutions.  Thanks Scott.

As mentioned by Greg at the Gordonvale game the club has been doing some renovations but will have the usual tea & coffee & the bar open. Sandwiches will be available & but they will try to get pies and pasties set up as well.  The greens have been renovated this week and they are coming back well with mowing & rolling planned for Monday with maybe another roll on Tuesday to be good for us.

See you there,


PS More games at various places in case you are travelling:

-  Wilmar Sugar Invitational golf day at Ingham 15 May, contact misudann@bigpond.net.au

-  Macleay Valley NSW veterans week of golf 27-31 Aug, contact swrvetsgolf@gmail.com

-  City Golf Club Toowoomba Carnival 15-16 Oct, contact the club (07) 4636 9000

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

President's Report & Results Gordonvale 17 Apr

G’day Everyone,

It was good to be back after my absence last week and the unrehearsed, spontaneous burst of rapturous applause from the members as I entered the Clubhouse today after the game, indicated to me how much I was missed. Bad luck Robin, you missed your chance, they love me.

Sixty-six players, that is 53 men and 13 ladies, took to the course on what turned out to be a lovely day. The sponsor for the day was one of our members, Alan Dredge, who with his wife, Carmelina run a small business called STACK-A-POTS VERTICAL GARDENS N.Q. As the name suggests, clever vertical gardens for any location. They can be used as an attractive table centre piece or a very compact herb or veggie garden. Alan remained after the game to present the trophies to our appreciative winners and runners-up. Again, the Committee’s thanks go to Alan and to all our sponsors. Without them it would be a lot more costly for us to compete in our weekly events.

Unfortunately, due to the constant rain over the past couple of months and other associated factors, the course wasn’t in the condition the Greenkeeper, Committee and members would have liked to have seen it presented. The greens, which had really come back over the last 12 months or so, had regressed markedly. The fairways were a little bit long because the staff hadn’t been able to mow due the wet weather, but “preferred lies” sorted that out. I made the comment “who’d be a Green-keeper?”, particularly at any of the smaller Clubs around the nation where money is always tight. They must have big hearts and at night dream of going to a course, Augusta or somewhere like that, where Green’s money is no object and where they could ply their trade unhindered.

Next week the game will be at Half Moon Bay. The Club is in the process of having a new cool-room and bar area installed. Greg Ferry has told me that he is hopeful the new area will be open for us on Tuesday and, in fact, our group may be the first to use the new facilities. In the event that the work is not complete, no draught beer will be available. Stubbies and cans of beer, wine, soft drinks and other beverages will be able to be purchased from the Golf Shop and possibly the Drinks Cart. Sandwiches will be available, however due to limited refrigerator facilities and the need to confirm to Health Regulations, Greg will be getting them in relatively small lots from his supplier freshly made, so there may be a short delay from the time of one’s order is taken to final delivery.

I would like to have made a remark in relation to the play of today’s winner of Men’s Division I but in respect of the principle of Committee solidarity, I have refrained.

Take care,
El Presidente”.


Division I
Winner: Lou Siedle, 43 points.
Runner Up: John Richards, 37 points.

Division II
Winner: Trevor Gordon, 41 points.
Runner Up: Rod Ingram, 40 points.

36 Points: John Tolhurst, Robin Tonks.
35 Points: John Everall, Peter Dalziel.
34 Points: Darryl Chandler.
33 Points: Alan Dwyer, Trevor Barry, Ron Sylvester, Ross Ellen, Harvey Blanch.
32 Points: Neil Sharkey, Peter Edmonds, Keith Schirmer, Russ Gill, Peter Doherty, Bruce Jenner, Marcus Morse.
31 Points: Michael Taylor, George Atkinson, Dennis Vohland.

N.T.P.’s: 5th Ross Ellen, 8th Evert Van Kleef, 14th Peter Doherty, 17th Darryl

Winner: Tracy Dickinson, 34 points.
Runner Up: Edna Atkinson, 33 points.

28 Points: Kay Cleland.
27 Points: Lil Benfield.
26 Points: Suda Woodward, Sue Taylor, Liz Edmonds.

N.T.P.’s: 5th and 14th Tracey Dickinson, 8th Jane Taylor, 17th Lil Benfield.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Next Game Gordonvale 17 Apr


Our next game is a single stableford Consistency event at Gordonvale.

The course is in fair condition apart from the greens which are poor, having suffered from the wet, bunkers are GUR & machinery has not been able to get into the drains, so there will be plenty of balls to be found in them apart from your own if you are careless enough to go in them!

The club has just taken delivery of 10 new electric carts, bringing its fleet up to 25, so if you need one ring & book at 4056 3999.

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

See  you there.


PS Some future golf games in the offing are:

- Sugar View Estate Wintersun Carnival Open Championship 6-14 Aug. at Mackay/Proserpine, info & nomination forms at www.mackayveteransgolf.org.au .

- Norfolk Island Veterans Golf Tournament 9-16 Feb 2019, info at https://www.norfolkislandtravelcentre.com/events/norfolk-island-veterans-golf-tournament

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

President's Report & Results Mareeba 10 Apr

G’day everyone,

Members arrived at Mareeba this morning to a bright, sunny and relatively cool morning with no hint of the showers that had been hanging around yesterday on the coast. The field finished up consisting of 64 men and 21 ladies and judging by the results the course was in good condition. Rod Cade and his team are to be thanked for their efforts in that regard. Again our members’ gastronomical needs were looked after by Gabby with her sandwiches and pastries. It was also good to see Debby from Atherton doing a bit behind the bar.

Our sponsor today was CAPE YORK ACCOUNTING and although this was the last time this company will be sponsoring us this year, we greatly appreciate the support that they have given us over the past couple of years. Members are reminded that if they are intending to use a service that may be the prime business of any of our sponsors, the Committee recommends giving that particular sponsor the opportunity of assisting you in your quest. It is only by retaining our generous sponsors can we keep the costs to our members at the low levels we do.

I would like to thank our Vice President Robin for filling in for me today. It appears that my fears of a “coup d’etat” occurring during my absent were unfounded. He very tactfully informed me that (allegedly) a number of members expressed to him the relief they felt after experiencing the shortened duration of the trophy presentation after today’s game. I’m still trying to comprehend the implied significance of that statement.

While we had no new members join today, we did have three re-joinees. Our membership now stands at 170, comprised of 129 men and 41 ladies.

The next game will be at Gordonvale on the 17th April, and will be sponsored by Stackapots Vertical Gardens N.Q., a business owned and operate by one of our members, Alan Dredge.

Take care,
“El Presidente”

Division I
Winner: John Everall, 39 Points.
Runner Up: Peter Doherty, 38 Points.

Division II
Winner: George Atkinson, 41 Points.
Runner Up: Keith Collins, 38 Points.

38 Points: Gary Tudehope.
37 Points: Graham Morrow, John Tolhurst, Russ Gill.
36 Points: Max Smith
35 Points: Rod Cade, Elso Iuretigh, Mike McManus, Tim Hollman, Robin Tonks, Neil Sharkey, Keith Schirmer.
34 Points: Gordon Nobel, Peter Johnston, Allan Dwyer, Darryl Chandler.
33 Points: William Matthews, Peter McMenamin, Marcus Morse, John Gregan.
32 Points: Evert Van Kleef, Maurie Smith, Les Tenni, Mike Van Cuylenberg, Lou Siedle,
Bruce Jenner, John Pilbin, Merv Elms, Garry Castle, Ross Ellen.

N.T.P.’s: 4th and 11th : Neil Hamilton, 8th Graham Morrow, 13th Graeme Chappel.

Winner: Cheryl Piccone, 36 Points.
Runner Up: Jenny Albertson, 35 Points.

35 Points: Heather Forster.
33 Points: Doreen Minning, Lois Tait, Judy Guzzwell, Tracey Dickinson.
32 Points: Claire Hannan, Lesley Ross.
31 Points: Jane Taylor.
30 Points: Lee-Anne Phayer, Sue Taylor.

N.T.P.’s: 4th Lil Benfield, 8th and 13th Tracy Dickinson, 11th Claire Hannan.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Next Game Mareeba 10 Apr


Our next game is another single stableford Consistency event at Mareeba.

I'm told the course is in good condition with some water back in the dams.

Sponsor for the day is Cape York Accounting.

See you there.


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

President's Report & Results Cairns 3 Apr

G’day Everyone,

The weather of the past few weeks and the forecast weather, no doubt, had an effect on the field at Cairns today with only 69 players taking part in the game. The 55 men and 14 ladies were generally surprised by the condition of the course and congratulations must go to the Cairns Greens Staff for their efforts in preparing the course to the standard it was. No doubt some parts were a bit soggy but, in general, although there wasn’t any run on the fairways, the greens and surrounds were in good condition. 

Our sponsor today was STRATFORD PAINTING CONTRACTORS and the winners and runners-up received vouchers to be spent at Cairns Golf Club. Gordon’s support is very much appreciated and if you’re thinking of having some painting done, give him a call.

There is nothing much to report regarding a future Mirage game because, as yet, I haven’t been in touch with the Manager to try and organise a replacement game. The Committee would like to see it around the June – August period but that will depend on the availability of the course.

There were no new members this week and our membership now stands at 159, that is 121 men and 38 ladies. It is good to see that the ladies’ ranks appear to be increasing, with their percentage up to about 30% of our total membership.

Our next game is at Mareeba on 10th April. From listening to some general conversations, it should be in good condition.

Take care,
El Presidente”.

Division I
Winner: Peter Doherty, 38 points.
Runner-up: Tim Hollman, 37 points (C/B)

Divison II
Winner: Frank Thelan, 40 points.
Runner-up: Ron Barnes, 39 points

37 Points: Peter Wyatt, Ian Schofield.
36 Points: Kevin Walsh, Robin Tonks.
35 Points: Graham Ross, Bill Matthews, Mike Taylor, Keith Schirmer, John Tolhurst.
34 Points: Darryl Chandler, Roger Smith, Maurie Smith, Peter Edmonds,
Gary Castle, Lionel Law.
33 Points: Grahame Chappel, Roger Glover.
32 Points: Merv Elms, Peter Dalzeil, Dave Ingram, Dave Lawler, Lou Siedle,
David Jackson, Greg Gibb.

N.T.P.’s. 5th Michael Taylor, 8th Gavin Smith, 11th William Matthews,
17th Tim Hollman.

Winner: Kay Cleland, 32 points.
Runner-up: Lil Benfield, 31 points.

28 Points: Suda Woodward.
27 Points: Jane Taylor, Lois Tait, Claire Hannan.
26 Points: Liz Edmonds.

N.T.P.’s. 5th Andrina Wilson, 8th Lil Benfield, 11th and 17th Tracy Dickinson.