Captain’s Report for 2020

AGM – February 2021

Well what a year!

As you know we have had bushfires, smoke haze, flooding, co-vid19 and its associated restrictions, and yet we have managed to miss only about a month of golf.

On our return, a number of clubs had a “members only” policy to play so we had to rejig the program to enable our members to play.

In this respect, I would like to acknowledge the tireless work of the committee and the members who have assisted with scoring, updating golflink with your scores, presentation of golf balls, chasing up members to collect weekly prizes and collecting green fees where no pro shop assistance was available. Unless you have been where we are you would not believe what goes on behind the scenes to run this event week in week out. We rely on the ball comp fee and sponsorships to provide prizes and golf balls week in and week out.

I would like to acknowledge and thank all of the staff in the pro shops, of all the clubs who allowed us to continue playing, who have assisted us veterans by collecting the green fees, starting the events, being flexible with our program, liaising with their green keepers to set up the courses and making us Veterans very welcome.

Program 2021

With regard to the 2021 program, I would like to reiterate that we are not playing at Royal Canberra in 2021. The reason for not playing at Royal is the cost they have imposed a green fee of $100 per member which has priced them out of our market.

The 9am start has been maintained from April for the winter months. However, Federal have asked us to start at 8am in April and July.

The Federal round, on September 13, will be the start of the summer 8am tee times and continue until April 2022.

There is a slight change in April with the rounds at Queanbeyan and Federal being reversed. So Queanbeyan is now 12 April and Federal 19 April. This change came about after the programs were printed following Queanbeyan’s advice about a junior championships being held there from 19 April.

A copy of the 2021 program is available from the committee.



Slow Play

The pace of play varied throughout the year with the ever changing restrictions from groups of 2 players, one person per cart and the groups of 4 players and now 2 per cart the average round it appears is around 4 hours to 4 hours 15 minutes depending on whether there is 3 or 4 players in a group. Following the removal of most of the restrictions it is hoped that slow play will not again be an issue.

Remember keep up with the group in front and not worry about the group behind.

The best rule for a smoother (you don’t have to run) game in my mind is “awareness and common sense”.

Be aware of the group in front; be aware of the group behind; be aware when to tee off; be aware when to putt; be aware of your playing partners and where they are on the course and encourage them to speed up if your group is falling behind.

Cancellations and No Shows (Still happening)

Following a year of disruption and attendance restrictions there is not much to say regarding cancellations other than to ask that if you are not playing and you know early please remove your name before the closing time of 12pm the Sunday prior to Monday’s round. Especially for ambrose rounds where you need to have a group of 4 to be competitive. Removing your name also allows others to play if there is a list of reserves. We can only have up to 112 per round at most clubs.

I would also encourage those members who hire carts to book them religiously and early. For example Fairbairn only has 10 carts. Murrumbidgee has been known to run out of stock. Don’t miss a game when you don’t have to.

In Conclusion.

Welcome to all the new members who have joined this year and hope that you are enjoying your golf in the Vets ranks and enjoying playing on the various courses around Canberra.

At the end of the day we all like to have a good game (score or otherwise), reminisce over a drink and maybe some food and then go home to the couch and dream of the next round of 76 off the stick!!!

All the best to you and I trust you all keep well.

Chris Morgan