This being my last Captain’s Corner for the year, I would like to pass on that from my point of view, it has been a very successful year. We have a great mix of members who not only enjoy their golf, but also provide a very enjoyable social atmosphere. I would like to thank all of the members who have assisted me during the past year.
The sponsorship’s and donations by our members have been outstanding and a great help. There are many other members who have put up their hand up to help out and this goes right down to the people who jumped up to assist our caterer’s bring in the food and equipment on Wednesday.
The shortened course for Wednesday’s game certainly made a big difference in the time it took to complete our rounds. It was great that Club General Manager, Wayne Patston, could join us. Wayne and I spend a lot of time discussing Vet’s business, so it was great to spend some social time with him out on the course. The added benefit of Wayne joining us was that we put together 11 birdies in our round to finish with a very nice 50? points. Our other partners in Adam Madill representing our sponsor John Madill Toyota, and Tony Kershaw also played very well.
Of course as we were not all Vets’ members, our winning team with a very good 51? was the “Simpson Team” – Greg Flanagan, Chris Simpson, John Woodward and Terry Lyons (left – not looking at all like they enjoyed it!).
The dozen ball prize for guessing how many balls in the box was won by Bill Galvin. Bill’s estimation of 230 was only one out with 231 balls being in the box.
Our Sponsors for the day were the “Bush Boy’s” – Bill Galvin, Glen Johnstone, Peter Reilly, Kerry Martin, Phil Mason, Jon Sendall, Paddy Knapp, Gary Sheales, John Quodling, Bruce Wilshire, Jim Prendergast, Jim Gregg, John Kelly, John McNamara & Tom Murphy.
I must mention their generosity again, as I made a bit of a mess of the presentation when I didn’t have anything for their representative John McNamara to hand to our winners. I would also like you to know that their sponsorship not only covered the Winners and Runners-Up, but also provided the prizes for the 3 Long Drives, and the NTP’s on the 6th, 7th, & 10th holes.
You may have noticed some thinning out of trees and other improvements to the course. The new greens committee had 12 volunteers out on the course earlier this week and their efforts are truly appreciated.
It was great to see our Life Member, Jim Penman (left with Vets Captain, Grant) make the effort and attend. Jim is a great role model and he continues to provide a lot of useful information to myself and others.
You may have noticed me and other Committee members wearing an assortment of different design and coloured shirts. For the record the colour of my shirt was “FUSCHIA” not pink. We hope to gather some feedback throughout next year and end up choosing a comfortable, easy to care for, and nice coloured shirt for 2016.
RESULTS FROM 10th DECEMBER 2014
EVENT: 4 Man Ambrose
SPONSOR: The Bush Boys
WINNERS: Chris Simpson, Greg Flanagan, John Woodward, Terry Lyons – 51?
RUNNERS UP: Bob Noble, Kevin Tonkin, Col Easton, John Stewart – 52?
RUN DOWN to 53?:
Tom Williams Team
Kevin Olsen Team
Bruce Wilshire Team
Jim Henderson’s Team
Steve Howes Team
NTP: 4th (Richies Bakery) Bill Edwards, 6th Terry Lyons, 7th (Red) Kevin Crundall, (White) Graham Finn, 10th (Cooroy Harvest Fresh) Tony Kershaw, 12th Mike Smith, 13th (Bar Voucher) Graham Laing, 15th (Noosa Meats) Tony Kershaw.
NTP Hole 1, 2nd shot: A – Kevin Olsen, B – Jim Henderson, C – Tony Vander Linden
CAPTAIN’s CHOICE Eagle Challenge on 16th: Steve Howe’s Team.
LONGEST DRIVE: A – Wayne Patston, B – Dale Rickard, C – Mike Smith.
RAFFLE: John McNamara, Alan Blundell, Kerry Martin, Les Terrans, Stuart Wright, Derek Clayton.
AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR
To all members, past and present, and sponsors a sincere thank you for your support and efforts throughout the year in making the Vets more than just about golf.
On a personal note I would like to thank members of our committee, Kevin (Harpo – left modelling a mop head and one of the new shirt colour options), Grant, Jimmy, Andrew, Bruce, Graham, David and Mike for their support and hard work during the year. A lot of unnoticed work goes on behind the scenes to make our competitions and events innovative, successful and enjoyable – a great effort. A special mention for ‘new boys’, Bruce Cowan and David Lyons, both of whom stepped up to the tee without hesitation to assist with committee work.
One final thought – personally I would prefer to think of the colour of Grant’s shirt as ‘watermelon’ in case it gets the nod as our new Vets shirt colour.
On behalf of your committee – Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.
Good golfing and see you in 2015.
Rod Booth – Secretary/Treasurer
Cooroy Veterans’ Golf Club