VETS: Newsletter week ending 29th September 2018


Event: Stableford and International All Stars v Aussies
Sponsor: Cooroy Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank
Field: 77

Have you ever seen our Captain so excited and keen to get on with the presentation after a competition.  And quite rightly so.  The ‘Aussie Attack‘ team led by Grant finally grabbed the coveted Pewter Mug with a comfortable victory despite heavy sledging, particularly by Dave Lyons, skipper of the True Blue Aussie Team and Grant’s black eye, unrelated to the selection process of course. 

Australian Attack (Grant Smallacombe) 373
Team: Bob Atkin, Graham Laing, Peter Smith, Terry Wilson, Phil Mason, Jim Gregg, Peter Palmer, John O’Donoghue, Rod Roemermann, Michael Loe, Errol Radley, Wayne McKinnon, Graeme Osborne, Con Russell, Glen Johnstone, Dennis Beckhaus, Bill Galvin, Jason Egan, John Cairns, Gordon Green, Lionel Willett, Len Highland, Peter Buchbach, Tony Bernhagen. 

True Blue Aussies (Dave Lyons) 369
International All Stars (Jim Henderson) 355

It seems the International All Stars light has dimmed after 2 years at the top.  Jim so nonchalantly passed off defeat that Grant needed to remind him, not too subtly, that he was obliged to fill the mug with beer at his cost.  

And Grant, we have confirmed that there is now room to inscribe your name on the Pewter Mug.  A great fun day and definitely on the program again for next year.

Tony Bernhagen (middle in picture below) played in the winning team but his shirt colour suggested a bit of subterfuge about heritage.  However, it did fit the Sunshine Coast look so definitely an Aussie.  And Doug Allisone, winning third place in the Stableford surely warrants a smile!

Thanks to Cooroy Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) through Geoff Edwards, for sponsoring this event.  As Geoff explained at the presentation, Cooroy Community Bank has a lot to offer, particularly through its referral program with the club, so keep them in mind when you or a friend need banking services.


A Grade: Winner – Bob Noble 39, Runner Up – Ossie Osborne 38 c/b, 3rd Place – Peter Buchbach 38″
B Grade: Winner – Tony Bernhagen 41, Runner Up – Derek Clayton 39, 3rd Place – Doug Allisone 38
C Grade: Winner – Wayne Carty 40, Runner Up – Peter Palmer 38 c/b, 3rd Place – Rob Powell 38


1st (Thai Tong Restaurant) – Peter Buchbach
2nd (Cooroy Community Bank) Longest Drive: A – Jason Egan, B – Derek Clayton, C – Nick Kostalas
3rd (Sweeney Todd Barber) – Dave Lyons
(Richies Bakery) – Bob Noble
6th (Vets) – Phil Mason
7th (Vets) – John McNamara
10th (Cooroy Harvest Fresh) – Tom Williams
12th (Vets) – Derek Wood
13th (Strawberries for Pigs) – Derek Clayton
15th (Noosa Outlook Prestige Meats) – Wayne Carty

Lucky Draw: Andrew Carson, Bob Atkin, Peter Buchbach, Steve Howes


The role of starter is critical in the efficient running of our competitions.  The starter’s primary role is to collect fees, register players and manage an orderly start to the competition for each playing group.  The starter also reorganises groups if necessary, hands out unclaimed prizes and engages with members as they register – not a trivial undertaking. 

The starter must be at the club around 6:00am on time start days and well before 7:00am on shot gun start days.  AND, our starters also play golf, so they need time to wrap up the registration side of things and then head out and enjoy their game.

AND, that’s not the end of it.  Once the starters finish their game the end of competition wrap up work needs to be completed, making it a very long day.  Our starters enjoy the direct interaction with members and very rarely complain but on Wednesday things were made more hectic than necessary because a lot of members left it until late to register and didn’t have a $2.00 coin or the equivalent coinage.

Members can make the starters job easier and more enjoyable by having a $2.00 coin preferably (or equivalent coins) when paying fees. 

We encourage players to register AT LEAST 30 minutes before hitting off.

This is not the first time we have had to raise the issue of late arrivals.  In future the registration window WILL CLOSE 15 minutes before the last tee off.  If you have not registered by then YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE COMPETITION so don’t bother coming as there will be no game for you.

We accept there will be legitimate reasons for being late but if you find yourself in that position please PHONE THE CLUBHOUSE and let us know so we can reorganise the field.  The same applies if you have nominated but can’t play.

If you think this approach is unfair then put up your hand for a turn in the starters box.