Change aplenty since 1912

COURSE ACTION: Ian Cugley shoots off the tee block on number seven.

COURSE ACTION: Ian Cugley shoots off the tee block on number seven.

Well, 105 years old. That’s not something to be snickered at, be it whether you be human or club. The club has seen many changes over the years, changes to the course, changes to the clubhouse. Committees have changed, constitutions have changed. And each change has been for the betterment of the club. There have been champions that have been and gone and always there is a new one to fill the headlines with new gasps of wonderment. There have been those that have contributed enormous amounts of their time and always those that come to play, pop the clubs back in the car and go again.

One of the best show of volunteers at work, in that time, and one that seems to stick in my head, had been when over one thousand trees had been planted over the course. Planted manually and watered bucket by bucket, not only until they were established, but until they could hold their own in our most temperate of zones. Amazing.

You needed to be a doctor, a lawyer or an Indian chief to become a member in the early days but with almost a seven hundred membership role in the eighties, obviously that culture had been relaxed.

Surely even back then we were not lucky enough to have that amount of doctors in the town. And now, like so many other clubs, we work hard to keep ours facing the right side up. But right side up it is, and going strong.

It is a much stronger club than it has been for many years and we hope it will still be as strong, if not stronger when it reaches two hundred.

To celebrate the one hundred and fifth anniversary, the members celebrated with a “Birthday Bash”. Three grades with first to third in each grade, a Stroke round. No thanks to Trevor Spillman one little bit, Roger Kirchner finished the day as the A Grade winner. But, let me tell you, Spillman’s pockets will be searched before he leaves the camp in future.

Kirchner just edged Grant Norton and Terry Gloede out of the winning spot by one stroke and Norton actually beat Gloede to the winning post in a countback. Kirchner tallied up thirteen pars on his card, leaving him with a sixty nine net score at the end of the day.

Playing off a handicap of seven, this left him in good stead to take home to Kay a nice mantle clock.

Trophies for the day were picked out by John Penny and Dino Tattoli and what a fine job they did. The two arranged the full day, with free drinks and food at the end of play.

How good it was to see Alan Coventry ride out the tide to win in the B Grade section. Coming back from a time of bleakness in his life, he is now showing that the skills gained are never really lost.

He edged Tony Minerds and Bob Riding out and again Minerds had finished off Riding’s hopes in a countback.

And C Grade followed in the footsteps of the other two grades with Alan Peters declared the winner, just, in front of Vance Remphrey and Phil Harvey. Remphrey hopped into second spot after a count back over Harvey.

An interesting and close game of golf in all grades, there were some great trophies ready for the picking and picked they were. Alan Coventry also took home his share of the Pot of Golf for the Best Handicap score of the day. Brian Key took home his half for Nearest the Pin on fourteen.

Lachlan Turner had a bit of a quitter day ? No, never. He took home NTP on five and B Grade Long Drive. One more weekend and then back to Uni I believe.

Now, to all Ducka Bessen’s mates who think he may not have been playing anymore. Of course he has.

He was a Ball Winner in B grade on Saturday with a sixty nine net. And Ducka is a volunteer that just seems to give and give. The course is always mowed to within a millimeter of the expectations. So, yes, he is still around.

Next week is the Heinrich’s Landscaping sponsored day, let’s hope the weather is fine.

Until then, happy golfing.