Well, what a year this has been!! It started with bushfires, was followed by floods, and now the pandemic.
Despite all this, our Vets golf at Tuross has flourished. Our average numbers since Vets resumed in late March has been 63, up from the mid to high 50s of previous years.
Perhaps this can be attributed in some small way to the “exercise” we were all allowed to do during many months of restrictions, and possibly also to travel bans !
Since my last report we sadly lost 3 players in Kay McLeod together with Lyn and Denis Benger, and saw our senior players Tim Starr and Noel Fletcher retired to their lounge chairs. We have however welcomed new players in Peter and Paul Coffey, Ross Richardson and Peter Frost. Welcome to you all.
One of the more satisfying aspects of being Captain over the past year has been the way you, the very core of our great Vets golfing group, have willingly and without complaint adapted to the changes and restrictions necessarily forced upon us. I know we all miss the post game gatherings, and, like you, I look forward to their resumption as and when we are able to do so.
I’d like to acknowledge the very significant financial contributions you’ve all made over the over the past 9 months or so, particularly towards the COVID levy introduced to support essential course maintenance whilst the parent club struggled with no income for a period of time, and also in owning up to Mr Meany fines even before teeing off. These latter donations have been well above the norm collected post game, and have largely paid for your lunch and refreshments today. Thank you.
It would be remiss of me not to mention the great work of Tim Watson and his team for the efforts they put in to providing a great course for us each week. I also acknowledge the personal sacrifices they each had to make during the shutdown period. Guys, we all owe you.
My final act as Captain for the current year is to announce results and present awards to the winners and runners up of our recently concluded 2020 Vets Championships. For the Ladies, the winner with a two round net score of 55 was Jennifer Gray. Runner up was Jeanette Miller. For the Men, Steve Gardner had 2 steady rounds to win with a net score of 54, with Bruce Martin as runner up.
Could I ask you all to acknowledge their achievements as I invite the players to come forward to receive their awards.
This ladies and gentlemen concludes my report and I move that it be accepted.
Vets Golf Captain