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Presidents Report


MEMBERSHIPS.
The 30 day period of grace for renewal of this years golfing memberships ceased on 30 September 2015.  We are now able to provide a brief resume of our total golf and social memberships up to and including the 16 October 2015. 

MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS  16/10/15 - COMPARISONS  13/07/15 (in brackets)
 
Male Golf             534   (568)          
Female Golf        152    (173)
Social                  1175  (1432) 
                 
Non Renewals - Golfing 97   Social 268

I am pleased with these numbers, as we have picked up more new members this year, than in recent years to alleviate for members who leave the club. Congratulations go to our Men's and Ladies' Captains and Vice Captains Chris Thomson, John Honeybrook, Catherine Tucker and Barbara Lynch and our office staff for their good work in recruiting new members.

NEW MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES.
The Board has approved several new golf membership categories. These include Senior Veteran Membership, for our aged veterans who find it difficult or just cannot play a full 18 holes.  This membership permits those entitled to apply and who receive approval from the Board, to play their golf each Thursday with Carnarvon Vets.

Also a limited number of 'Time Poor Memberships' are available for those busy people who cannot get to play each week, but still want to retain their membership and association with friends at Carnarvon.

These new classes of membership will be put forward at the 2016 AGM, when the Board will seek members' approval to include them in our Constitution.

Details of the membership categories can be obtained from Carnarvon’s website or our office staff.

PATRON GEORGE MIDDLETON.
Our good Patron Mr. George Middleton gave us all a scare when he suffered a stroke recently and spent time recuperating in Bankstown Hospital.  Thankfully George is recovering slowly thanks to the nursing of his good wife Nancy and the Bankstown Medical Team.

Unfortunately, as he was recuperating and walking outside Woolworths shop at Berala, a 'brave' hoodlum dressed in a hoodie came up behind George and struck him on the back of the head knocking him to the ground.  This brave young male then ran away.  George was in shock and received some bruising from this deliberate attack.  He certainly did not need this on top of his stroke, however again he is recovering.  The stroke has left George struggling to remember some words, this is evident when one speaks with him.  It is noticeable as George has always been a bit of a 'wordsmith'. Flemington Police are investigating.

JUNIOR MASTERS TOURNAMENT.
On 18 January 2016 Carnarvon Golf Club will host the inaugural Ray Harrison and Alex Mercer Junior Masters Golf Tournament.  Ray and Alex are both distinguished names in golfing circles and they are sponsoring the tournament, to contribute to the development of young male and female golfers.  There will be a girls and boys 14 and under category and a further 18 and under male and female category. Details and entry forms are available on Carnarvon's website.  The tournament is being conducted in consultation with Golf NSW and the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation (JNJGF).  Entry forms will also be available on the Golf NSW and JNJGF websites.  So juniors put in an entry form.  Also members, if you know a junior (male or female) at any club please encourage them to enter.

CARNARVON JUNIORS (male & female).
Although we have a total of 16 junior members unfortunately we do not have any junior pennant team.  The Board wants to encourage Carnarvon Juniors and we want our juniors to put their hands up and speak out to form junior pennant teams.  We have a number of juniors who although they are members of Carnarvon they are also members of another club and they have nominated the other club as their 'home club' for the purpose of representing in pennants.   To those juniors I ask that they nominate Carnarvon as their home club to enable us to enter junior pennants again.

FREE FRIENDSHIP BARBECUE - SPONSORED BY CARNARVON GOLF CLUB
The Board has approved a friendship barbecue for Carnarvon members.  The barbecue will take place near the Halfway House from 5pm on 8 November 2015.  Come along mix with friends, discuss your golf, the golf course, clubhouse and any other topic of mutual interest. It will be an excellent opportunity for all to meet in a venue other than on the golf course and further the friendships of our members. The barbecue will be put on by Carnarvon Golf Club with the help of members.  It will be free, you will need to obtain a free ticket to enable us to know how many people to cater for. 
 
CONDOLENCES
To those who may have lost a loved one recently I offer our sincere condolences.  To those who are ill or injured, whether recuperating in hospital or at home we hope you recover quickly and regain good health.
 
Happy golfing
Nick Stoves

Captains Report 


As you are aware the Club Championships start this weekend.  I hope everyone competing has a successful competition.  I realise that it is an important competition but it should not take 5 hours to play each round.  After the 72 hole scratch competition the top 8 in each grade have the opportunity to play in the match play.  Each player is to arrange with his opponent a suitable time to play each match and then to notify the Pro shop.  It would be appreciated that any players who win their grades in the Championships would make themselves available at the Presentation after the game to receive their trophies.
 
Due to the Carnarvon Cup being on the 7th November, all games will be put back one week.  The final to be played on the 28th November.
 
On Monday 9th November the course will be closed due to mini coring taking place.
 
Monday 23rd November the Qualifying round for the Australian Open will take placeThe course will be closed for social play until after 1.00pm.
 
Due to the condition of the 1st green (no improvement), it has been decided to replace the green.  It is unfortunate that this has to happen but the alternative was much more expensive.  The green will be taken out on the afternoon of Monday the 23rd November and the temporary green will be in play for approximately 3 months everything going to plan.  In advance I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience.
 
It has been brought to my attention that the garden adjacent to the 10th tee is being used as a toilet.  Not only are you outside the office staff window but the neighbours across the road are also being subjected to this action.  Any person being caught doing this will face disciplinary action.
 
Yours in golf
Chris Thomson

From the General Managers Desk

Dear Member,
 
As many members are no doubt aware, one of our long-term casual barmen, Jimmy Webb, had an accident on Sunday 14th June at Bankstown Paceway, whilst training one of his new horses. Jimmy was thrown off the gig and has suffered a broken neck. He underwent surgery to fuse a bone into his neck. For some time Jimmy was in an induced coma, and currently remains at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick undergoing rehabilitation therapy. The rehabilitation process has been a slow and painful one.
 
To assist Jimmy and his family during a very long term recovery process, on behalf of members the Club has donated $600 in club vouchers to a recent fundraising at the Tennis Club; $800 for a table and a Makybe Diva framed photographic display to a fundraising dinner at the Bankstown Trotting Association; and $300 in retail vouchers directly to Jimmy’s wife Therese.
 
It seems Jimmy’s horrific injuries will be long lasting and Jimmy and his family will need on-going support.Consequently, the inaugural Jimmy Webb Melbourne Cup Benefit Luncheon will be held here at Carnarvon Golf Club on Tuesday 3rd November. Tickets are $38.50 each which includes a fantastic buffet luncheon, champagne on arrival and great prizes to be won on the day. As usual, heaps of sweeps will be on offer and this year we are donating all money received from our major raffle to help Jimmy Webb and his family in their time of need. Additionally, collection tins will be placed in the Pro-Shop and main bar for direct donations from members. Jimmy and Therese have indicated that they will attend the luncheon if he can get a clearance from the hospital for the afternoon. I strongly urge members to dig deep and consider how dire Jimmy’s circumstances have now become.
 
Donations from members and businesses are eagerly sought for the Jimmy Webb Major Raffle Prize.
 
Friendship Day is a new and exciting event which commences at 5pm on Sunday 8th November. Korean BBQ Ribs and Kim Chi, cooked by our Korean members will be on offer as well as Aussie Snags and salads.
 
The best part is it will be FREE!!!! As long as members register their name and get their tickets prior to 1st November either from the Pro-Shop or the Main Bar. Otherwise the cost will be $20 per person.
 
Once again, we will be hosting Kevin and Cheryl Hills ART SHOW, which showcases the Top 10 Australian Artists. Why not come along and meet the artists personally. It will be held for one weekend only on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November. 
 
Members need know of the great support some members have been to the Club over the last 6 months or so. In particular, Bruce Pawley, President of Bankstown RSL Club was most kind in offering poker machine stools that were redundant to their needs. Thank you to Bruce and Bankstown RSL Club. Also, more recently, Tony Moran has given the Club a considerable amount of redundant safety equipment for the course. Thank you to you to Tony. I know many members continually provide volunteer support and help out whenever they can and your help is accepted most graciously. 
  
Members can now buy a limited number of tickets in our Holiday of a Lifetime raffle. Tickets are $5 each and can only be purchased at the Main Bar of the Club as the raffle is restricted to members and guests of Carnarvon Golf Club. The prize is the choice of either 9 nights in Europe; 7 nights in New York; 6 nights in the Cook Islands or 3 nights in Singapore/5 nights in Phuket, which includes accommodation and airfares for 2 people.
 
This year we are hosting a Halloween Spectacular on 31st October from 7pm with Danny and the Dee Gee’s. Tickets will be available at the door for only $20.
 
Members Barrel Draws are conducted every Friday night from 6.30pm. The major Draw is at 8.30pm on the 2nd Friday of each month where members can win 1 of 2 x $500 petrol gift cards by having their name drawn from the prize barrel.
 
DON’T FORGET TO LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!!!!
 
Christmas will be on us soon so BOOK IN EARLY FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY to avoid disappointment!

Best regards,
Owen Madden. 

Finance Report 


It is becoming difficult to write an interesting report when everything is ticking along nicely. The news is that the accounts at the end of September are running very close to budget. Poker machine revenue remains buoyant and catering continues its strong performance with very encouraging function bookings for the next three months. The Bar trading continues to be disappointing. While we are not in the business of encouraging members to drink more I feel that the figures could be improved. The demographics of the Club have changed and as some members with long distances to travel are conscious of RBT we may have to reassess the budget. Expenditure on both the course and clubhouse remain within budget. I think that this has been a repeat of most of the recent Finance Reports. I must divert from financial matters to compliment Shay Tasker and his staff for the superb condition of the course. I am a long time member and I have never seen the fairways in their present state. I would venture to suggest that very few members have lawns to match the carpets of Carnarvon. The least we can do is repair divots and pitch marks.

Membership renewals are on a par with expectations. Your Board has been studying membership categories in other Clubs and racking their brains to present other than the current range of memberships. It is an ongoing battle to retain our share of diminishing market. We are becoming more dependent on non golf income to maintain the Clubhouse and course to the desired level so I must urge the membership to use Club facilities for their social activities. As I have mentioned on many occasions Carnarvon is a great venue for Weddings, parties, wakes, engagements, anniversaries etc.  No matter what you want I am sure we can provide it.

Barry Ryan
Chairman, Finance Committee
Garden Volunteer David Tucker 'ready for action'

Ladies Match & General Committee  


As our year draws to a close the Ladies Match and General Committee would like to thank everyone who has supported our endeavours throughout 2015.  We hope it has been an enjoyable year of golfing for our lady members either in our club competitions or further afield competing in the 2015 Pennants programme.  We especially appreciate the support we have received from Carnarvon’s Board of Directors, the Pro Shop Staff and our Course Superintendent.
 
CHAMPIONSHIPS HANDICAP RANGES
 Following monitoring of the new daily handicap ranges for each Division which were introduced recently, it is advised that these handicap ranges will remain in place for the 2015 Ladies Championships.  They will be as follows: 
  • DIVISION 1.    -    + - 18
  • DIVISION 2.    -    19 – 27
  • DIVISION 3.    -    28 – 45
Good luck to everyone competing this year.
 
9 HOLE ONLY COMPETITION
At the completion of the Ladies Championships rounds this year it is planned to introduce an optional 9 hole only competition on a weekly basis to be held in conjunction with our normal 18 hole event.  The fee for this event will be $6.00 with prizes dependent upon the number of golfers participating on the day.  With 4 – 11 golfers playing there will be a ball comp only but with 12 or more participants playing in this competition a $25.00 winner’s voucher will be added.
 
ATTENTION ALL 2015 PENNANTS PLAYERS AND CADDIES!
As a big ‘thank you’ to all members of Carnarvon’s 2015 Pennants teams, and their loyal caddies, your Club President and Ladies Match and General Committee invite you to come and play in a fun 9 hole competition on Friday morning, 13 November at 10.00 am, with lunch to follow.  This event is open to Pennants players and their caddies only and we hope as many of you as are able to will join us in celebrating a job well done. Please RSVP to any Committee member by 11/11/2015.
 
The final wrap up of the Pennants competitions Carnarvon was represented in is as follows: 
  • GRADE (Division 3) Won by Moore Park Carnarvon finished in 5th place.
  • WD Shield I Won by Massey Park Carnarvon finished in 6th place.
  • WD Shield II Won by Liverpool  Carnarvon finished in 3rd place.
  • WD Bronze I   Won by Strathfield Carnarvon finished in 3rd place.
  • ND Bronze I    Won by Ryde-Parramatta Carnarvon finished in 5th place. 
  • WD Bronze II  Won by Fox Hills Carnarvon finished in 4th place.


Barbara Lynch
For the Ladies Match and General Committee
 

Lady Veterans Report


Firstly, let me apologise for no report in the last Newsletter as I was either “away” or “just back” or something and I missed it…
 
LADY VETS ANNUAL LUNCH – Thursday 25.9.15
I had no particular list to follow for invitations so I invited “everyone” as per the general invitation in the Ladies Room. 
There were 33 ladies present who all enjoyed the meal.  Even the staff said that they noted all the “empty” plates they picked up so everyone must have enjoyed their meal.

It is customary at this time to present the 2 Major Trophies to their winners with a run-down in places.
 
RENE BUXTON SALVER for 2015 was won in a hotly contested field with a score of “295” net by Joint Winners:  YOUNG SOON KIM (13) and AGNES CHO (23).  This competition is held over the 12 rounds of Club Medals during the year which includes both Wednesdays and Sundays and the best nett scores over 4 of these rounds determines the winner over the field.  This year: - joint winners for the first time!. Second place was won by 3 ladies EQUALLY with a score of “296” namely – VERONICA KIM (17) HAK BOON CHOI (18) and  MOUNG JA CHOI (20)
 
POINTS SCORE SALVER 2015
In order to earn “points” in this Salver, the best net scores on the day in their Division (0-28 or 29-45) receive 4 points, 3 points for 2nd place, 2 points for 3rd place and 1 point for just entering the competition on the day.  This covers both Wednesdays and Sundays.

This competition is also over the field.  Placings usually run from 1st to 4th.  However, the placings involved 6 ladies:  1st - JUDITH RICKARD (30) 26 pts, back-to-back winner from 2014.  2ndAGNES CHO (23) 19 pts, 3rdMI HWA KANG (16) 18 pts, VERONICA KIM (17) 18 pts, and HWA YOUNG KANG (34) 18 pts, and 4th place – SHARON HONEYBROOK (45) 17 pts
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SO CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
For many years now these Major Trophies have been donated by Norma Newham but this has come to an end since Norma’s sad demise.  So I had to scout around to fulfil our commitments to the winners.  I would like to say Thank You to Carnarvon for their assistance (and great lunch), to Estee Lauder who donated 2 gift packs of cosmetics, Lola Mitchell for her donation of a plaque and Daphne Denison for her cash donation.

Thanks to the ladies who supported the “raffle” to help meet our expenses and the “office” who gave us a few sundries left over from ?  to add to the raffle. 

I would also like to thank Mike Callaby for his assistance and help in providing theTrophies at a good price.  Hopefully we might find another sponsor in due course.
 
BALL COMPETITION 2015
When I was working through the competition results each month, it seemed to me that the Ball Competition should stand alone for Wednesdays and Sundays instead of the results
  
being lumped in together in the 1 month.  So, I determined that, this year at least, the Ball Comp winners would be separated on Wednesdays and Sundays and this was done.  The BALL COMP is GRADED in the 2 Divisions: 0-28 and 29-45.
 
VWGA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015
The AGM for this Association will be held on Friday 13th November 2015 at 99 York Street, Sydney (about 10am I think).  If you would like to attend, please see me to arrange this.
 
MEMBERSHIPS
We now have 60 lady members and I hope you will all renew your membership when it falls due on 1st January 2016.  You can renew anytime before then if you wish.
  
OPEN DAY BOOK FOR LADY VETS
The Annual Programme of Events is located in the foyer downstairs.  The “Newsflash” is also located in this folder as well as any other Veterans Events we receive.
 
Happy Golfing

Fay Butcher
VWGA Delegate 2015
 
 


 

Veterans Report

During the last twelve weeks the average attendance at our Thursday games was 34 members. Numbers are down due to illness and the loss of several of our regular members who have retired from golf.  We wish them well in the future endeavours and a return to better health.

We would like to invite senior Carnarvon Members to join us on Thursday for a relaxed morning on the course.  Hit off time is between 0700 and 0830 hours for 11 holes of golf with the opportunity to win  golf balls , bottles of wine and cash vouchers.

The winners of the above games are as follows:-

2nd July            
Winner  Shirley Gray 15 Points
Runner Up Bill Lang 14 Points
Starr Partners Award Judy Emmett $30.00
Fred Cherry Award Joan Causley $20.00

9th July             
Winner  Phil Russo14 Points cb
Runner Up Judith Rickard 14 Points
Starr Partners Award Sammy Choi $30.00
Fred Cherry Award Carol Flecknoe $20.00

16th July                       
Winner  No result as most players walked off the course thoroughly wet
Starr Partners Award Carol Flecknoe $30.00
Fred Cherry Award Graham Stepto $20.00

23rd July            Washed out

30th July                       
Winner  Judy Emmett 14 Points cb
Runner up Peter Welzel 14 Points
Starr Partners Award Barry Munro $30.00
Fred Cherry AwardDennis Rickard $20.00

6th August        
Winner  Joseph Coombs 15 Points cb
Runner Up Carol Flecknoe 15 Points
Starr Partners Award Ron Kirby $30.00
Fred Cherry Award Mary Brown $20.00

13th August       
Winner  Barry Munro 20 Points
Runner Up Robert Underwood 16 Points
Starr Partners Award Joe Coombs $30.00
Fred Cherry Award Mary Brown $20.00

27th August       
Winner Judith Rickard 15 Point
Runner Up Kent Pidgeon 14 Points
Starr Partners Award Judith Rickard $30.00
Fred Cherry Award Joan Causley $20.00

3rd September  
Winner Dennis Rickard 17 Points cb
Runner Up Mary Brown 17 Points
Starr Partners Award Bill Lang $30.00
Fred Cherry Award Peter Welzel $20.00

10th September 
Winner Margaret Chevell 16 Points cb
Runner Up Morris Butler 16 Points
Starr Partners Award Ken Macbeth $30.00
Fred Cherry Award Lance Flecknoe $20.00

17th September 
Winner Leo Kinch 17 Points cb
Runner Up Inja Kim 17 Points
Starr Partners Award Bill Lang $30.00
Fred Cherry Award John Clarke $20.00

24th September 
Winner Lisa Kim 24 Points
Runner Up Grace Lee 17 Points
Starr Partners Award Carol Flecknoe $30.00
Fred Cherry Award Peter Welzel $20.00

8th October       
Winner Bill Jardine 18 Points cb
Runner Up Len Coghlan 18 Points
Starr Partners Award Judy Rickard $30.00
Fred Cherry Award John Clarke $20.00

Annual General Meeting was held on 9th July at which the following members were elected as office bearers for the next twelve months:

President/Treasurer - Keith Speer
Captain - Graham Stepto
Assistant Captain - Lance Flecknoe

Christmas in July was held after the AGM and enjoyed by all.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon and Jim Webb Foundation Day
Our sponsor Starr Partners, Real Estate agents at Auburn, have purchased a table at the Melbourne Cup function. Greg, the dealer principal has donated the eight seats at his table to the Veterans’ Golf Club. These seats will be raffled off to lucky members who are present at the Vets’ presentation on Thursday. We thank Greg for his generosity.

I would like to thank the members for their support through the year and look forward to a happy and successful new year. We invite new members to join us on Thursday and can assure you of a pleasant morning of golf and fellowship.

I look forward to seeing you on the golf course.

Keith Speer 
Veterans President

A History Moment

During a recent game I was reminded while playing the 14th and 15th holes that I had not written about the background of the Australand Estate on the other side of Rookwood Road. Well this is it.

An area of 1,390 acres was purchased by the Crown in 1879 with the original intention of establishing a model farm. This area  was bounded by the Necropolis, Water Supply Line, Nottinghill Road and on the north by London Road and Georges Avenue.  The area later became Carnarvon, Lidcombe State Hospital, Cumberland College of  Health Sciences, Lidcombe College of T.A.F.E. and Minda.

No immediate use was made of the land and by 1885 the Government of the day decided that a better use would be the establishment of a Reformatory for Boys as there were no facilities  for the rehabilitation of young males.

The area east of Joseph Street was allocated to the reformatory, the area between Briar Street (the present right of way) and Amy Street was to be the western grazing paddock for the dairy herd and the area between Briar Street and Leila Street became Lidcombe Showground.

 In 1887 four brick dormitories, a kitchen/dining room and superintendent’s residence had been built together with the establishment of an orchard and vegetable garden. Due to lack of funds to employ staff the buildings remained unoccupied for the next six years except for a caretaker.

The Depression of 1890 exacerbated the problems of unemployed, the elderly and unskilled single men, many of whom were part of the influx of immigrants during the gold rushes of the 1850's.   All existing homes and institutions were hopelessly overcrowded. The solution was to scrap the plans  for the Reformatory and in 1892 the land and buildings were transferred to the Director of Charitable Institutions and became the Rookwood Asylum for the Aged and Infirm.   The first intake of 80 inmates from the Parramatta Asylum took place on March 8-9, 1893. The term “Asylum” is used here in its pure form as a “refuge and place of care for aged and infirm”.

 An additional four pavilions were built in 1894 followed by other additions so that by December 1901, the inmate population was 1,161.   Of these about 40% were hospital patients, the remaining 60% were considered able-bodied and required to provide manual labour in the day-to-day running of the establishment. The Old Age Pension was introduced in 1901 but did not apply to residents of Asylums.

In 1913 the asylums were transferred to the control of the Director General of Public Health.   This  was followed by a change of name from the “Rookwood Asylum for the Aged and Infirmed” to the “Rookwood State Hospital and Home”.
 In 1927 the suburb of Rookwood became the suburb of Lidcombe (a name formed by the contraction of the names of Aldermen LIDBURY and LARCOMBE).

The origin of the name ROOKWOOD is a matter of some dispute and conjecture.  Some think it came from a place in England called “Rokewood” which was also the title of a novel, while “Rookwood” was also the title of a novel which was very popular at the time. A further body of opinion favours the  view that “Rookwood” is an adaptation of Brookwood, the name of a railway station close to London Cemetery.

Lidcombe State Hospital became self-supporting providing its own  Electricity generating plant (coal and steam), Piggery, Poultry and Eggs, Milk, Ice, Orchard, Vegetables, Sewage treatment, Laundry and Sterilising equipment. The last of the aged and infirm were admitted in 1930. The dairy which had for many years been one of the finest Friesian herds in the State was phased  out in 1946-7. In the 1950s and 1960s minor repairs and extensions including a new church, recreation block and modernised kitchen were effected. In1966 the name was changed yet again , this time to Lidcombe State Hospital and its use changed to that of a general Hospital specialising in geriatric care and as a teaching hospital in collaboration with the University of Sydney. In 1997 Lidcombe State Hospital was merged with Bankstown Public Hospital on the Bankstown site. The final use of the Lidcombe site was as a base for the press corps at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. The reporters were housed in demountables and were frequent users of the Carnarvon facilities

The site was sold to Australand for housing development.


Barry Ryan 
Club Historian
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