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Vets News

July Competition
As a result of the wintery weather, numbers were limited to 71 players this month, which means there were only 2 grades. The winners were:

Division 1
Albert Davies 37 points
Peter Robinson 36 points
Glyn Godfrey 34 points

Division 2
David Wardle 40 points (c/b)
Stuart Potter 40 points
Ray Pearson 37 points

The NTP on the 9th was won by Patrick Foy (337cms) and Ralph Young won the drive and pitch on the 8th (69cms). I was nearby when Ralph played his shot to the green and I saw it hit the pin, so he might have been unlucky that it didn’t drop for an eagle. The ball comp went down to 31 points.

Mollymook visit
Jamberoo hosted Mollymook on Monday 21st July and Jamberoo prevailed with a scoring average of 30.08 points to Mollymook’s average of 24 points. The game was played in brilliant sunshine but surprisingly the scoring didn’t match the weather with only a handful of competitors playing to their handicap.

Men
Bob Crooks 39 points
Richard Langford 38 points (c/b)
Theo Schmieder 38 points

Women
Viv Boxsell 34 points
Sue Paul 30 points
The NTPs were won by Chris Goodwin (123cms) and Viv Boxsell (172cms)

Trevor Bell Shield
There was no play in July. The next game is scheduled for late August at Port Kembla. If you would like to play in future rounds of the Shield, please advise our Team Captain, Mr Ray Orr.

Around the Traps
Anyone who has played at the Links over the past year would have noticed the facilities being constructed between the 13th green and 14th tee. It must be very close to operational by now because during a recent visit (to the course not the facilities!) they have officially named the facility as “Nearest Point of Relief”.

NSW Tournaments
1. The 2014 NSWVGA Matchplay Championships for the Bob Coulson Shield is to be played at Belmont, Waratah, Newcastle(Stockton) and Charlestown golf courses in the Newcastle region of from Monday November 3rd to Friday November 7th 2014. Further details and entry form will be in the ‘Veterans Tournaments’ folder in the golfers lounge.

2. The Leeton and Narrandera Vets week of golf is to be held Monday 20th October 2014 to Friday 24th October 2014. Further details and entry form will be in the ‘Veterans Tournaments’ folder in the golfers lounge.
If anyone still requires further information about any of the above tournaments or previous tournaments advertised, please let me know and I will follow it up for you.

Chris Goodwin
Secretary/Treasurer
Jamberoo Veterans Golf Club

The Monster of Hyams Creek

The Monster has struck again, another unlucky victim.
Likeable chap Bob McDonald, always looks after his motorised buggy, his MotoCaddy is always clean and shiny and his pride and joy. But the Monster caught up with Bob recently, whilst his back was turned the Monster lured his lovely buggy into the Creek, when Bob turned back to his buggy, it had disappeared,
Fearing the worst, he ran to the creek only to see bubbles. Well Bob loves his buggy, so down to his G-String he stripped and into the creek he ventured. After a 10 minutes he had retrieved his buggy and clubs only to find the battery was missing. So once again Bob ventured into Hyams, and after a further 10 mins the battery was saved.
Just like the add on T.V where the car goes over the cliff and into the sea and somehow is found a couple of days later and fires up without any trouble, Bob has confided using his wife’s hair drier and some TLC, his beloved Motocaddy kicked back into life straight away.
Now you might think this is the end of this story, well not so, Bob was spotted walking onto the Golf Course just yesterday with his swimmers on , goggles and snorkel and his wife in tow,( I guess for any CPR that might be needed) it seems the Monster had taken his glasses and other personal items.
I do hope this story ended well? , and a warning to all golfers, watch out for the Monster of Hyams Creek

News from the Course

News from the course

The golfing prowess of big-hitting Andrew ‘Crash’ Craddock continues to rise with his eagle on the twelfth hole on Saturday 23rd of November on his way to winning ‘A’ division with 43 points. This follows his +7 in the par event the previous weekend. As a reward for his efforts Andrew receives 6 balls for his eagle and a new lower handicap of 9.7. Well played Andrew.
James Sala confused the scorers on the same day with his outstanding individual score of 48 points. Some comments in the golfers lounge were that he must have played 27 holes! Well done!
Well-seasoned C Pennant player Col Booth scored +10 in the recent par event amazing his playing partners. The ‘saint’ defeated Brian Underwood (+8) by 2. It must have played easy in the morning without the wind! Well played gents.
John Ellesmore had an interesting return to golf following his recent hand injury. Apparently, according to eye-witness accounts, John lost his grip on the downswing on the 7th hole completing his swing with only one hand. John was heard saying “oh no” as the ball miraculously landed beside the flag to win the ‘super shot’. John is looking for ideas on how to spend the $184 he won. By the way, the next time you finish the 5th hole, look at the garden beside the 6th tee. This wonderful area is all due to John’s hard work. Some are calling it Ellesmores’ corner. Great work John.
Dave Ransom

Latest Vet’s Results

The travelling vets have just returned home from their annual Riverina sorty.

Nine players were able to win seventeen prizes;

WODONGA; Eddie Cram won A grade on Thursday & the pro pin.
Lorraine Cram won B grade on Thursday.

LEETON/ NARANDERRA; Lyn kuskey won A grade on Thursday.
Graham kuskey won A grade on Friday.
Ken & JOY Dickson won second in the 4 ball on Tuesday.
Eddie Cram won the pro pin.

GRIFFITH; Eddie Cram won A grade on Tuesday.
Dale Atkins won B grade on Tuesday.
Lyn Kuskey won A grade & the NSWVGA trophy on Thursday.
lois Olfen won second in the NSWVGA TROPHY.
Robyn Gregson won the 54 hole event in B grade.
lois Olfen won the 36 hole event in C grade.

WAGGA / JUNEE; Eddie Cram won A grade on Tuesday.
Lois Olfen won 2nd in C grade on Tuesday.

“Hole in One”

Andrew McCullough aces the 11th

Andrew McCullough, playing in the Monday October long weekend comp, hit the perfect shot on the 11th for his first hole-in-one. Playing partners attested that they called it in as soon as he hit the ball. Well played Andrew, you win 6 balls from the club and a life-time of memories for yourself.

4 Ball Matchplay Champions

Casey and Harris take out the Fourball Matchplay Championship

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(L to R) Athol Casey and Mike Harris defeated 2012 Champions Peter Francis and Tony McRae

Athol Casey and Mike Harris have won the club fourball matchplay championship with a 4 and 3 win over last year’s winners Tony McRae and Peter Francis.
Athol and Mike combined brilliantly to inflict defeat on the strong combination of, Peter and Tony last years’ winners, being 2 up on the turn, Athol & Mike were 3 up by the time they had got to the 13th. On the 13th, Peter who had been deadly with his putter all day, sank a 20ft putt from off the green, to again reduce the lead to 2up, and one wondered if as they say, ”the worm had turned”. With the big 5 Holes to play the pressure was on. Playing the 14th into a strong S/E wind, Athol with a stroke over the rest of the field ,did a Peter and knocked in a brilliant 20ft putt from off the green for a win.
Athol & Mike were 3up with 4 to play. Into the wind again, excellent tee shots on the par 3, 15th saw all players putting for par’s , the pressure was intense, one by one Athol, Peter and Tony missed their par putts , all square on the hole at this stage, it then came to the worst putter of the foursome Mike, with a tricky 8ft downhill left to righter , closing his eyes ,Mike’s putt was on its way, the rattle, it was in the cup, the nail had been delivered , it was enough for them to take the title.
Well done to all 4 finalists for a match played in true sportsman-like tradition, and a big congratulations to the winning pair, who are deserved victors having been runners/up on a couple occasions in previous years

Latest Vet’s News

Mollymook travelled to Jamberoo by car on 22/07.

Mollymook had 18 men & 4 lady golfers, whilst we had 19 men & 3 ladies .

We played better on the day but were unable to retain the trophy due to
their massive score at mollymook when we played there 13th May.

With the Bowling Club declining to open we tried the new room, putting on
a pies /potatoes / peas lunch. while the room was full to overflowing with 48 people
it was a very successful event. Thanks to the ladies for their assistance.

Note that the trip to St.George’s Basin set down for Monday 12th has been cancelled.

The trip to Nowra on Tuesday 20th is on and will be a two person aggreggate stableford.
8.00 for 8.30 start.

Our Thanks to Carl & Judy Poidevin for their donation to us, they have both been unwell and
we hope they make a speedy recovery.

Ian Boles

New Date For Mixed Foursomes

Upcoming Events at Jamberoo Golf Club.

Mixed Foursomes Championships v3

As you all are undoubtedly aware the Mixed Foursomes Championships has been postponed twice in the last month due to inclement weather. The match committee has rescheduled the championship to be played over 27 holes on Sunday the 25th of August.
All pairs will need to rebook as the first tee time is now 8 am.
Good luck on the day and pray for fine weather.

Jamberoo Men’s Open – Sunday 28th of July

The booking sheet is now available for the Jamberoo Men’s Open to be played on Sunday 28th of July. Please indicate your preference for an early or later time slot and we will try and accommodate you. The Open is part of the Illawarra Open Series so we are expecting several visiting players to be competing.
David Ransom

Men’s Handicap Matchplay Update

Men’s Handicap Matchplay Championship – Round 1

Round 1 has been completed and there have been some excellent matches played with close results.
Michael Carr was able to overcome a gallant Ron Hewson on the 18th; Paul Rogers outlasted Rabbit Warren Joannou 2/1; Chris Goodwin held off Dave Cotterill 2/1; Warwick Drew defeated the highly experienced Athol Casey 2/1 and Brian O’Hare used his White Horse Cup experience to defeat last year’s finalist Peter Saunders 2/1 in an exciting match.
Ray Orr lead early but was overcome by Simon Tedeschi 4/3; in the battle of the big-hitters, Tony Panecasio defeated James Russell 4/3; Arthur Bosanquet, continuing his excellent pennant match play form, defeated the very strong Ken Bradley 2 up in a high quality match. The quiet achiever, Laurie Craft, easily accounted for Dave Ransom 4/3 in a strong performance and last year’s champion Chris Burton was defeated 6/5 by big-hitting B pennant player, Paul Hazeltine. The result of the eagerly awaited encounter between President Lance and B pennant tyro Jarryd Buckley is still undecided at this stage.
Round 2 sees some very interesting matchups with Paul Hazeltine playing Simon Tedeschi; Michael Carr against Paul Rogers; Matthew Bell against Arthur Bosanquet; Warwick Drew against Brian O’Hare; Tony Panecasio playing Pete Munro; Ian Bradburn playing Tom Persson; Laurie Craft taking on Richard Bremner; and Chris Goodwin playing the winner of the Fredericks-Buckley match.
Well done to all the winners, and for the rest of us who came second in their matches there is always next year. Dream of future success; think hard about what went wrong, work hard on those faults and head to the bar to drown those sorrows!

Dave Ransom

Vet’s play well at Camden Haven

Following the visit of Garry Blewitt, from Camden Haven Golf Club to participate in our 2012 “VALLEY” tournament, twelve of our veterans played in their inaugural event 03 to 07 this month, this was the largest number from any one club.

John Childs was a winner both in stableford points and longest drives, while
Barry Walker and Lyn Kuskey won runners up prizes.

Those participating report it was a well run event on a challenging course.
We hope to see more Camden Haven members here in November.

Dick Farrant from Kiama & president of N.S.W.V.G.A won the N.S.W.V.G.A. Trophy.

Ian Boles