Captain’s Report

Captain’s Report for AGM 2022

September 2022


As you know we have had co-vid19 and its associated restrictions, more rain than we really needed and yet we have managed to play golf for all the months of the year.

First of all, I would like to acknowledge the tireless work of the committee and those members who have assisted with scoring, updating golf link with your scores, presentation of golf balls, chasing up members to collect weekly prizes, collecting green fees where no pro shop assistance was available and for collecting your much needed membership fees. Unless you have been on a committee, you would not believe what goes on behind the scenes to run this event week in week out. We rely on annual membership renewals, the ball comp fee and sponsorships to provide prizes and golf balls week in and week out. It is also a busy time during this year with organizing the championships here in Canberra in 2023.

I would like to thank all of the staff in the pro shops, of all the clubs who have 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.

In addition, I would like to thanks all of you members who turn out week in and week out in support of the golf clubs where we play. There have been some trying conditions over the last 12 months will WIND, RAIN and VERY WET course but you have always turned up.

Program 2023

With regard to the 2023 program, I would like to point out that we may be only producing a 6 monthly calendar because there is some conjecture over the availability of Yowani and Federal in the latter half of 2023 with developments proposed for both courses which may commence post July 2023. Confirmation of dates and prices are still being negotiated.

The 9am start has been maintained from April for the winter months. However, Federal have asked us to start at 7:30am for rounds on their course to allow for members to play once we have all teed off.

A copy of the 2023 program will be available from the committee at our annual Christmas/Presentation day.

Slow Play

Still happening and unless we have a course marshal out each round the status quo will remain to the disappointment of following groups.

Last Minute Cancellations and No Shows

Again it is still happening to the detriment of the whole group playing especially in AMBROSE EVENTS. 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. 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. There will be no moving into other groups for Ambrose events because it obviously disrupts the other 3 players.


In Conclusion.

A warm 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), but at the end of the day it is only a game and the next one is just around the corner.

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

Chris Morgan