Friday, 16 March 2018

Next Game Atherton 20 Mar


Our game next week is a single stableford at Atherton.

The game is sponsored by Stratford Painting Contractors.

See you there, but please read on for important info from Greg on the Mirage game.



Hi All,

As readers of this Blog would be aware the field for the game at Mirage on 27 March has been over-subscribed and that excess figure stands at 12 players. Captain Russ and I attended Mirage on Tuesday for discussions with the Manager. Geoff Peard. He advised us that he only had carts sufficient for 88 players not the 100 players who have paid their deposits. We discussed with him the possibility of a small number of players bringing their own carts to the game to allow the full field to play. He was quite amenable to this idea and has agreed to allow a small number of private carts to be brought to the course for the day. By agreement, we have set the maximum number of private golf carts at 6.

In a generous gesture, Manager Geoff also stated that he will give a $10.00 rebate for anyone who agrees to bring his cart up for the day. In line with this offer, F.N.Q. Vets will also put in another $10.00 making a total of a $20 rebate on the players overall $35 entry fee.This rebate will only apply to the cart owner and not to any passenger the owner might carry on the day.

As a result of the positive outcome of these negotiations we are asking that any player who has his own golf cart and is prepared to take it to Mirage on that day to please contact Secretary Lou on 4045 3832.  Lou will maintain a chronological list of those responding to this request and this list will be the basis of selecting those volunteers who are finally asked to assist. The cart owners selected to supply carts, as notified by Lou, will be the only ones allowed to bring private carts onto the course. (This request is only directed at those players who have already paid their deposits as entries have closed.) Lou would also like to hear from anyone who has booked to play at Mirage, but is now unable to play.

This request only applies to the normal two-person golf carts. Single person vehicles, such as tricycles and/or four wheel vehicles similar to mobility scooters are excluded from this request and cannot be used at Mirage. 

It is also necessary the golf cart should be covered by Public Liability Insurance. Most people who have Home Contents Insurance will find that they have a Public Liability Cover in their policy documents, usually to the amount of $20,000,000. Hoping all you cart owners can help out,

El Presidente

Monday, 12 March 2018

Millaa Millaa Game 13 Mar CANCELLED


We have been advised that the Tablelands Summer of Golf game scheduled for Millaa Millaa tomorrow 13 March has been CANCELLED.

Given the amount of rain in the last week, it would not be much of a surprise & it would be a risk to be travelling up the Gillies or Kuranda ranges with the potential for slips & road works.


PS  El Pres. & Captain will be visiting Mirage tomorrow to discuss a range of issues about our game there on 27 March with management.  Expect an update here soon after.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

President's Report & Results Half Moon Bay 6 Mar

Hi All,

I am sorry for the delay in posting this report but it was necessary considering the following information that needed to be relayed to you all..

After nominations closed yesterday for the game at Mirage, we were left with a prospective field of 103 players. Which, in normal circumstances would be great.

Due to a major misunderstanding on my behalf regarding the maximum numbers the Mirage Resort can handle with its available resources, for which I accept full responsibility, I have since ascertained the game is actually over-subscribed by 13 players. For this error I apologise sincerely. I have been in touch with the Manager at Mirage and he has confirmed that as it is an “all carts” course, the maximum number he can handle is 90 players.

Although there is a faint possibility that he may be able to conjure up 3-5 carts I believe that we should look at other alternatives. The last thing we want to do is conduct a ballot to reduce the field to a manageable size. 

We are aware that during the reception of nominations a number of our members indicated that, even though they were unsure of playing they were paying the deposit to reserve a place on the off-chance they were able to play. If any of those particular members would be prepared to make an early decision to rescind their nomination, we would be eternally grateful. 

Obviously their deposit would be refunded or taken off their next game fee. If you are of this mind you can contact either myself on 0427377675 or Secretary on 0740453832. In an effort to assist, I will be withdrawing my own nomination so now there are only another 12 to go.

Again, apologies to all for my error. I hope this matter can be resolved expeditiously to everyone’s satisfaction.


Although the skies around Half Moon Bay were heavily overcast all day we all managed to get through without getting wet. The course was in good condition, with pin placements in some interesting positions. It was a very successful event with a field total of 98 players, comprised of 78 men and 20 ladies. The trophies were sponsored by KENNEDY’S BETTA HOME LIVING and we certainly thank them and appreciate their continued support throughout the ensuing year. Anytime you’re considering purchasing an appliance pop in and see them and I’m sure you’ll get a good deal from them.

Thanks again must go to all of the staff at the Club, particularly the manager, Greg Ferry, for the manner in which we’re looked after each time we play there. Greg announced that next time we play there, in addition to the ‘slab” that the Club donates to our free raffle each game, special draught beer and wine prices will apply for after-the-game drinks.

Speaking of raffles, prior to his passing, our late member Jimmy Logan asked that a set of irons he had purchased earlier be given on to the Vets to be used as we saw fit. After discussions with Marg Logan, it was decided that the clubs be included in the free raffle as a prize. They were won by Keith Schirmer, who thanked both the Vets and the Logan family for their donation.

We also had a donation of balls from Secretary Lou and these were handed out in the ball run-down. Recipients were asked to check the balls before they left to make sure they were 1.68 inches in diameter and not 1.62. Also they should not be wrapped in tissue paper. If they were of the smaller diameter and wrapped that would have indicated that they were actually older than Lou. As we didn’t receive any returns I guess all was good, so “thanks very much, Lou”.

We had five new members join today. They were Bev Hayhurst (HMB), Gail Wright (HMB),
Steve James, (Cairns), Trish Freeman, Norm, Lockwood, Alec Ford (all from Mossman). We welcome them all and hope their stay with us is a long and happy one. This brings our total Financial Membership to 141, including 111 men and 30 ladies.

Our next game will be at Atherton in a fortnight’s time. Hoping to see you all there, not only to support the Vets but also to support the new management at the Club.

Yours in golf,


Winner: Gavin Smith, 38 points C/B.
Runner Up: Tim Hollman, 38 points.

Winner: Graham Webb, 39 points.
Runner Up: Peter McMenamin, 38 points.

Ball Rundown:
37 points: Rod Cade, Bob Billingham, Peter Johnston.
36 points: Russ Gill, John Tolhurst.
35 points: John Pilbin, Gordon Noble, John Evans, Vern Sandilandt, Peter Doherty, Lou Siedle.
34 points: Brian Guest, Bill Matthews, Marcus Morse.
33 points: Peter Wyatt, Roger Smith.
32 points: Vaughan Edwards, Ron Sylvester, Neil Hamilton, Frank Thelan, Michael Taylor,
Peter Edmonds, Ian Macleod-Carey.
31 points: Roger Glover, Cec Turner, Ross White, Doug Christison.
30 points: Len Fase, Dave Ingram, Evert Van Kleef, Graham Morrow, Dave Lawler.

N.T.P.’s: (3) Ron Sylvester, (9) Vaughan Edwards, (11) Ian Tindall, (16) George Studham.

Winner: Cathie Coverdale, 36 points.
Runner Up: Bev Hayhurst, 35 points.

Ball Runddown:
30 points: Liz Edmonds.
29 points: Andrina Wilson, Edna Atkinson, Tracy Dickinson
28 points: Gail Wright, Lil Benfield.
27 points: Jane Taylor, Lesley Ross.
26 points: Pris Freeman.

N.T.P.’s: (4) Tracy Dickinson, (9) Pris Freeman, (11) Gail Wright, (16) Jane Taylor.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Next Game Half Moon Bay 6 Mar


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

The game is kindly sponsored by Kennedys Betta Home Living.

With the continuing afternoon showers I'm not predicting the state of the course, but I'm sure we will be warmly welcomed as usual.

See you there.


PS Please note that final registrations for our extra game at Mirage will be accepted at HMB so that we can supply final numbers to Mirage & prepare for the shotgun start.  NO walk-up starts will be accepted at Mirage 

Just to remind you of this extra game - 4BBB stableford Tuesday 27 March at Mirage Country Club for $35pp with cart.  (Players can pay an extra $10 if they want their scores to be included in the Mirage Daily Comp on that same day (no compulsion)).  

Registration 7am.  Shotgun start 8.30am.  

If you are interested in playing on that day, please let us know at registration at HMB on 6 Mar.  We will require a booking fee of $10 to reserve your place, which will come off your entry on the day, or you can put it towards the entry for the Mirage Daily Comp.(Correction, I've been told that if you want to play in the Mirage comp day, you will have to book at the Pro shop & pay your $10 there.)

Mirage Country Club has sponsored prizes of 2 x $45 vouchers and 2 x $25 vouchers.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

President's Report & Results Gordonvale 20 Feb

After our initial game for 2018 at Mareeba was washed out, today our members played our first actual game for the year at Gordonvale. The early part of the day was bright and sunny but the heat quickly built and eventually provided very trying conditions, especially for those who decided to walk the course. The course was in good condition and the drains just as welcoming as ever. A total of 83 players, consisting of 65 men and 18 ladies took to the field, playing a Single Stableford event. The sponsor for the day was CAZALY’S FOOTBALL CLUB and we thank them for their contribution.

Anthony, the President of Gordonvale, was in attendance earlier in the day and assisted in distributing the N.T,P. markers to their respective holes and setting up the Drive Accuracy Event. Gordonvale Golf Club also sponsored two $25 Vouchers for the Men’s and Ladies’ Driving Accuracy Competition. Anthony mentioned that the Club has a game on Thursdays at a cost of $20 for 18 holes and all Vets looking for a game are welcome to attend.

Today we welcomed 5 new members to our Association. They were Lee Anne Phayer (Paradise Palms), John Richards (Gordonvale), Vaughan Smith (Innisfail), Len Fase and Jim Thomson (Half Moon Bay).

Several of our Committee were out of action on the day due to injuries. Russ Gill and Wal Anthony, although not being able to play, attended and checked the scorecards. Secretary Lou was laid up at home with complications after an operation on his foot on Friday. Although it’s only early days, the Association’s “Smooth Talker of the Year Award” must go to Lou for being able to convince his wife, Jan, to deliver The Prize Vouchers and other correspondence to Gordonvale in time for registration. Our sincere thanks go to Jan for her effort in this regard (Lou says she normally just tells him not to forget his hat when he wakes her early.)

With the hope of good weather continuing, it looks as though the day to be held at Mirage Country Club on 27th March, is going to be well attended. At last count today there were 45 who have paid their $10.00 deposit. There were indications by a number of players that they would be attending and would pay their deposit next game at Half Moon Bay. We were originally given a time slot of 40 with the possibility of expansion of this number and I will be pursuing this option in the next day or two and any further details will be placed on the Blog. It is important, if you want to play on the day and can’t make the HMB game you should arrange for someone to pay the $10 deposit for you.

A short time ago, the Queensland Veteran Golfers Union sent our Association a letter reinforcing that “Country Members or Remote Members” of Golf Clubs were not eligible to be members of any Queensland Veteran Golfers Club/Association and were not eligible to take part in any competition run by the State body or individual Veterans Associations or Clubs affiliated with that body. They must be Full Members of a Golf Club. This means that “Grey Nomads” who visit here and are Country Members of Clubs similar to Howlong (which was the prime target of this clause) will no longer be able to play in any of our weekly competitions or other events. This has been further reinforced when a motion seeking deletion of this clause in the Q.V.G.U Constitution was defeated at the recent A.G.M. of that body.

Yours in golf,


MEN’S DIVISION I. WINNER: Roger Glover, 39 points, C/B.
RUNNER UP: Maurie Smith, 39 points

MEN’S DIVISION 2 WINNER: Alan Dwyer, 40 points.
RUNNER UP: Ron Barnes, 35 points.

37 Points: George Kyriazis
36 Points: Kevin Walsh, Peter Wyatt, Jeff McGrath, Robin Tonks, John Everall.
35 Points: John Tolhurst
34 Points: Doug Christison, Bill Matthews, George Atkinson, Bob Billingham, Craig Alman.
33 Points: Michael Tylor, Peter Dalziel, Tim Holman.
32 Points: Graham Ross, Dave Ingram, John Gregan, Roger Smith.
31 Points: John Evans, John Richards, Evert Van Kleef, Ian Schofield, Cec Turner, Gordon Noble, David Jackson.

N.T.P’s. 5th George Kyriazis, 8th Maurie Smith, 14th John Evans, 17th Ross White.

Drive Accuracy 13th Len Fase.

LADIES’ WINNER: Judy Guzzwell, 35 Points C/B.
RUNNER UP: Tracy Dickinson, 35 Points.

31 Points: Edna Atkinson.
29 Points: Andrina Wilson.
28 Points: Cathy Coverdale.
27 Points: Liz Edmonds, Lee Anne Phayer.
26 Points: Glynis McGrath.
24 Points: Jane Tylor, Jenny Albertson, Julie Wallace.

N.T.P.’s: 5th Edna Atkinson, 8th Jane Taylor, 14th Andrina Wilson, 17th Julie Wallace.

Drive Accuracy 7th Judy Guzzwell.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Next Game Gordonvale 20 Feb


Our game next Tuesday is a single stableford at Gordonvale, sponsored by Cazalys AFL.

The course is in good condition considering the amount of rain we had & the greens staff have done well getting the mowing done, but as you would expect, the drains still have water in them & there's no way mowers can get down into them, so keep well clear!

The club have also been generous to us by sponsoring an additional two $25 vouchers.  These are for nearest to the red marker on 7 for ladies & to the blue marker on 13 for men.  Both positions will be clearly indicated by a post in the fairway.

Another reminder, Pres. Greg has arranged an extra game for us- Tuesday 27 March at Mirage Country Club for $35pp with cart.  (Players can pay an extra $10 if they want their scores to be included in the Mirage Daily Comp on that same day (no compulsion)).

If you are interested in playing on that day, please let us know at registration over the next few weeks.  We will require a booking fee of $10 to reserve your place, which will come off your entry on the day, or you can put it towards the entry for the Mirage Daily Comp.

Registration 7am.  First tee time 8am.  
Mirage Country Club has sponsored prizes of 2 x $45 vouchers and 2 x $25 vouchers.


PS  For those interested in FNQ Golf events, they are developing a new website at, but a copy of their handbook as well as registration documentation for their events can be obtained from your club.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

President's Report Mareeba 6 Feb

Hi All,

With the heavy rain that fell over the past 36 hours only ten committed members turned up to Mareeba this morning. The ten consisted of six ordinary members (who obviously have to get a life) and four Committee members who were only there because they had to be. There was some suggestion that the bad weather was only part of the reason for the reduced attendance. This was coupled with an allegation that Vice President Rob was circulating a rumour that my address at Presentation would possibly exceed half an hour in length. He denies this allegation emphatically.

Although yesterday afternoon Rod Cade had mowed tees, etc., in the hope we would be able to play, the overnight rain made the course unplayable and so the game was cancelled. To add to this disappointment, particularly for those travelling from the Cairns area, an accident and a fallen tree created long delays on the Range road.

There was one highlight of the day with a new Lady Member, Enid Leonard from Mareeba, joining our organisation. A welcome is also extended to Peter Billingham of Caloundra and Rod Turner of Dooreen, Victoria, who both joined late last year.

As a heads-up, in the event of inclement weather, the Association's aim is to give timely warning of cancellation of any game. This is done, where possible, through the blog site and, if practicable, by way of email. Because of the severe and sudden nature of some weather situations in the Far North this is not always achievable and/or timely. In these cases, Members should determine their own course of action.

Members are reminded to get their teams together for the 4BBB game at Mirage on 27th March. We will commence to collect names at our next game at Gordonvale in a fortnight and this will continue up to about 13th March. Those who can’t arrange a team will be accommodated by the Committee on the day.

See you at Gordonvale.

Yours in Golf,
El Presidente”.

Friday, 2 February 2018

2018 First Game at Mareeba


We hope you are rested, relaxed & ready to reduce your handicap in 2018.

Our first game for the season is a single stableford event next Tuesday 6 Feb at Mareeba.

We will, as usual, be playing fortnightly for the next few weeks, although in response to several comments made last year (see, we do listen to you), our new Pres has arranged a surprise extra game for you at the end of March as follows:

Tuesday 27 March at Mirage Country Club for $35pp with cart.  (Players can pay an extra $10 if they want their scores to be included in the Mirage Daily Comp on that same day (no compulsion)).

Provisional number booked is 40, but this can be expanded depending on response.  If you are interested in playing on that day, please let us know at registration over the next few weeks.  We will require a booking fee of $10 to reserve your place, which will come off your entry on the day, or you can put it towards the entry for the Mirage Daily Comp.

Registration 7am.  First tee time 8am.

Mirage Country Club has sponsored prizes of 2 x $45 vouchers and 2 x $25 vouchers.

Keep reading for a message from Greg our new Pres.


Hi All

We are getting close to starting another year of Vets golf in the Far North. Again, due to a great effort by Secretary Lou, the vast majority of games are sponsored this year. Our normal sponsors have come aboard to help promote Veteran’s golf, a by-product of which is lower fees for all. As can be seen on the 2018 Program the sponsors are Drummond Golf, Golf World (who will be sponsoring the Championships), Health and Fitness Solutions, Cazalys, Brothers, Stackapots Vertical Gardens and Wal Anthony. We are pleased to welcome three new sponsors, Stratford Painting Contractors, HMB Golf Club and Mirage Golf Resort and thank them for their contributions.

Competition Fees for the year, which have already been announced, will be $15.00 although Membership Fees will remain the same at $10.00. The Comp Fees are made up of $14, which the Clubs have agreed to, the whole of which is paid to the Clubs and $1.00 which will go to our Association.

Secretary Lou has detailed in the January Blog, details of the prices and availability of carts at the various courses at which we play. Those needing carts at the courses with limited supplies should make early reservations so as not to be disappointed.

Treasurer John has asked me to let the members know that, if not paid already, Membership Fees are due on the date of the first game on our Program, i.e., 6th February, 2018. In accordance with the Association’s Policy, those players who are not financial Members are ineligible to win any trophy in our normal weekly competitions until they become financial.

I trust that we all have a happy and healthy golfing season and that our deeds and results
in all regards exceed our expectations.

Yours in golf,


Friday, 26 January 2018

Program 2018


Our program for 2018 has now been posted on the blog - see right column.

Apologies for the delay, but sponsorships have only recently been finalised.

Copies of the program will be available at registration for our first game on 6 Feb as usual.


Friday, 19 January 2018

Survey Results

Thanks to all those who completed our survey before Xmas.  We have now been through all responses & tried to summarise them so you can see overall views.

It will give you an idea of what the committee is faced with to try to keep everyone happy, but we were delighted to see how many are prepared to serve on the committee.  That certainly bodes well for the future.

We were also fascinated by the fact that about 14% of those that completed it weren't sure of their gender, as they didn't circle it - will our first game be awash with rainbow colours?



F 11

M 32

Unknown 22

Total 65


50-60 5

61-65 6

66-70 17

71-75 21

75 plus 14

Unknown 2

Total 65


4870 Cairns 22

4879 Nthn Beaches 12

4868 Mt Sheridan 7

4878 S’field Y/Knob 6

4869 Edmonton 3

4883 Atherton 3

Unknown 3

4860 Innisfail 2

4865 Gordonvale 2

4881 Kuranda 2

4884 Yungaburra 2

4880 Mareeba 1

Total 65

AGE BY P/CODE 50-60 61-65 66-70 71-75 75 plus Unknown TOTAL
4870 Cairns 0 2 5 10 5 0 22
4879 Nthn Beaches 1 2 4 2 3 0 12
4868 Mt Sheridan 0 0 4 3 0 0 7
4878 S’field Y/Knob 1 1 0 2 2 0 6
Unknown 0 0 0 1 2 2 5
4869 Edmonton 2 0 0 1 0 0 3
4884 Yungaburra 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
4881 Kuranda 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
4865 Gordonvale 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
4860 Innisfail 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
4883 Atherton 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
4880 Mareeba 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Total 5 6 17 21 14 2 65


Yes 62

No Opinion 3

Total 65


Yes 12

Maybe 8

No 45

Total 65


Yes 58

No 3

No Opinion 4

Total 65


Happy 34

Unhappy 27

No Opinion 4

Total 65

71-75 4 5 0 1 2 1 9 22
66-70 2 2 0 0 0 0 7 11
75 plus 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 9
50-60 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
61-65 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 4
Total 9 12 2 1 2 1 22 49

Cairns 5 5 0 1 1 0 9 21
Nth Beaches 1 3 1 0 0 0 4 9
Mt Sheridan 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
Smithfield 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 4
Uknown 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 4
Y’burra 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
Innisfail 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Mareeba 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kuranda 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Total 11 12 2 1 2 1 20 49

Too Far 6 3 0 0 1 0 13 23
No Carts 1 6 1 0 0 0 6 14
Don’t Like Course 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3
No Reason Given 1 3 1 0 0 1 3 9
Total 8 13 2 1 2 1 22 49


Cairns 4870 8 7 3 3 21

Mt Sheridan 4868 4 0 0 0 4

Nth Beaches 4879 5 0 0 3 8

Smithfield 4878 2 2 0 0 4

Uknown 1 0 0 3 4

Kuranda 4881 2 1 0 0 3

Y’burra 4884 1 0 1 0 2

Innisfail 4660 0 2 0 0 2

Mareeba 4880 0 0 1 0 1

Total 23 12 5 9 49


50-60 3 0 0 0 3

61-65 0 0 0 4 4

66-70 7 1 1 2 11

71-75 9 5 5 3 22

75 plus 3 6 0 0 9

Unknown 0 0 0 0 0

Total 22 12 6 9 49


No Change 40

Weekly 17

Less Summer 2

No Opinion 6



Remain Same 55

Bogie/Par 1

No Multiplier 1

More 4BBB 2

No Opinion 6



No Change 44

Change No Time 2

Change 7.00-8.30 2

Change 7.30-8.30 2

Change 8.00-9.00 3

Change 9.00-10.00 3

No Opinion 9



No 41

Yes – No time 7

Yes – Early 3

Yes – Late 2

Yes – 7.30-8.30 1

Yes – 8.00am 2

Yes – 8.30-9.30 1

Yes – 9am 1

No Opinion 7



No Change 55

Wed/Thurs 1

Any Day 2

No Opinion 7