Author: David Wilson

Nominate for Wintersun 2019


Nominations are now being invited from all fun-loving Veteran Golfers who want to join in the fun of the Wintersun Golf Carnival from Monday 5th August to Tuesday 13th August 2019.

With the first rounds being played in Proserpine, travellers also have the opportunity to spend a few days exploring the Whitsunday Coast and the Whitsunday Islands before heading to Mackay and exploring the region there, including the beautiful Pioneer Valley, the Eungella National Park and Finch Hatton Gorge.

You can visit the region’s tourism web sites for some ideas on what to do during your free time during the Carnival – click: and

The Carnival comprises two rounds at Proserpine, one round each at Sarina and Pioneer Valley, then the final two rounds at Mackay.  Each club’s events are “stand-alone” but the Wintersun Championships for both Men and Women are decided over 72 holes by combining results from Proserpine and Mackay.
At Proserpine and Mackay, men play Single Stroke for Gross and Nett trophies, while women play Stableford in both events.  Both men and women play Stableford at the Sarina and Pioneer Valley events. 
The easiest way to nominate is to use the web nomination form which is available on the Wintersun web site – just fill in the boxes, make your selections and click “Submit” to send your nomination to the Wintersun Committee.
This web-based nomination option is preferred – but you also have the option of downloading a printable (pdf) form which can be completed and mailed or eMailed to the Tournament Director.
Click on this button to go to the Wintersun Home Page where you can nominate for Wintersun using either option and also keep up-to-date with the latest news, draws and results.
The latest information about the Wintersun Carnival is available on the Wintersun Home Page on the Mackay Veteran Golfers Association web site.  The Wintersun Home Page also contains links to last year’s results and will be updated regularly with the latest news, draws and results for Wintersun 2019.

Veterans Interclub Competition


The first round of the annual Veterans Interclub Competition will be held at the Pioneer Valley Golf Course on Thursday, 2nd May 2019 with a shotgun start commencing at 9.30 am.

This event is the first round of the 2019 four-series challenge between veterans in the four clubs which make up the Mackay and District Veteran Golf Association – Mackay, Pioneer Valley, Sarina and Black Springs.
Both men and women play Single Stableford and the scores for the leading eight players from each club are added to calculate the day’s scores. At the end of the 4-event circuit, the club with the highest total score will be the winners of the trophy for 2019.
Black Springs won the trophy in 2018, Mackay coming in a close second. Can we turn the tables on Black Springs this year?
The cost is $25 per player (including lunch), which will be provided on conclusion of play.
The Nomination Form is now available on the Veterans Notice Board in the Mackay Golf Clubhouse.
If you intend playing, please record your name on the Nomination Form as soon as possible.
Nominations will close on Friday, 26th April 2019.


Wide Bay Spring Carnival


Heading South after playing Wintersun this year?  You can not only play the Capricornia circuit, but follow up with a choice of ten games at five different golf courses in the Wide Bay Veterans Golf Spring Carnival from Saturday 31st August to Monday 16th September 2019.

Each course is hosting two rounds – Coral Cove – 1 & 2 September; Bargara – 4 & 5 September; Bundaberg – 8 & 9 September; Maryborough – 11 & 12 September and Hervey Bay – 15 & 16 September. The Carnival Dinner and Prize Giving is on the final night at Hervey Bay RSL.

The host clubs will manage the daily events and award the trophies won in each of their events. You can choose to play any number of games throughout the carnival, and you will be eligible for the daily trophies for those games.

However, to be eligible for any of the overall Carnival trophies, you must have played a minimum of seven out of the ten games and paid the Carnival Nomination Fee in addition to the “round only” fee. If you play more than seven rounds, you will be ranked using your best seven scores. 

For full details about the Carnival, including the schedule of events, conditions of play and Entry Form, visit the Wide Bay District Veteran Golfers Association’s web site –


Tropic of Capricorn Carnival


Planning to enjoy the fun at Wintersun this year?  After Wintersun, you can follow the crowd and head down to the Rockhampton area to play in some or all of the events in the Tropic of Capricorn Veterans Golf Carnival from Monday 19th August to Thursday 29th August 2019.

Wintersun’s last event is on Tuesday 13th August, so you will have plenty of time to travel down to Capricornia, perhaps even playing in the Black Springs Veterans Open on Friday before you head south.

The Carnival schedules individual games at 5 different golf courses – Rockhampton , North Rockhampton , Yeppoon (2 games), Emu Park (2 games) and the Capricorn Resort. As an added feature, players are awarded points for their results in each event that they play to award “Golfers/Players of the Carnival” both Gross and Nett in each grade/division.
Subject to any subsequent decisions of the Match Committees, there will be 3 divisions for Men players and 3 divisions for Women players. Divisions 1 & 2 (both men and women) will play single stroke (gross and nett events) and Divisions 3 will play single stableford. Players will stay in their starting division (based on their GA Handicap for their first game) for the “Golfer/Player of the Carnival” event, but divisions may vary from day to day for the individual single round events.
With over $16,000 worth of prizes, this Carnival is well worth considering following on from Wintersun.

The Frenchville Sports Club Carnival Dinner has also been arranged for Saturday 24th August with give-aways, live music and outstanding award presentations.

To find out more and to nominate, visit the Central Queensland District Veteran Golf Association Web Site and click on the Tropic of Capricorn Carnival tab.


State Veterans Golf Championships 2019


The Queensland Veteran Golf Union has joined with the Maroochy River Golf Club Veterans to hold the 2019 State Veterans Championships on Monday and Tuesday 20th & 21st May 2019.

The Maroochy River Golf Club situated at 347 David Low Way, Bli Bli, is a relatively new course designed by Graham Marsh to replace the Horton Park Golf Course in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast.

The 18-hole par 72 layout, with a slope rating of 120, is unique in that it is basically a links-style course, with wide fairways, few trees and lots of strategically placed bunkers. Water is a feature of almost every hole, and it is a rare day that the wind does not affect play, but one important benefit is that it keeps golfers cool in even the warmest weather.

The course is a classic risk versus reward layout. Each hole provides a safe option where a bogey – sometimes a par – is almost certain. But the course also tempts the adventurous and ambitious to squeeze a few more metres out of the drive, or to take on a devilishly placed pin.  In the distance, iconic Mount Coolum dominates the skyline, keeping an imposing eye on the play. All in all, a magnificent spectacle.

You can download nomination forms (men and women use different forms) from the Queensland Veteran Golf Union web site – click on these links: Men’s Nomination Form and Women’s Nomination Form.

Nominations close on 26th April 2019 and the nomination fee for the two rounds of the Championships is $55. A practice round can be played on Sunday 19th May at a cost of $28.00 – phone the Maroochy River Golf Club on
(07) 5373 1000 to book your time.

You can check out the Maroochy River Golf Club’s web site here for more information about the course and facilities.

Vets 2019 Golf Season

Big Program for Vets 2019 Golf Season

A full program of Golfing has been organised for 2019  –  details of the Men’s and the Women’s Programs can be found by clicking the PROGRAMME tab in the Main Menu.

Opening Day for the Veterans’ 2019 Golf Season – a Mixed American Foursomes sponsored by Palmview Retirement Village – was scheduled for Monday 4th February 2019. However, weather conditions made the course unsuitable for carts, and the event was abandoned. It is hoped to be able to reschedule a Palmview Retirement Village event later in the year.

Some highlights in the calendar include –

Wintersun – 5th to 13th August – rounds at Proserpine, Sarina, Pioneer Valley and Mackay.

Interclub Competitions: Single Stableford – Men & Women: Thursday 2nd May – at Pioneer Valley;  Monday 3rd June – at Mackay;  Monday 24th June – at Black Springs & Thursday 18th July – at Sarina.

MVGA Championships 2019 – Men and Women – 10th & 17th June.

The Mackay Veterans Summer Golf mixed events were well supported, apart from a couple of days where the weather interfered.  In fact a record number of 99 players contested the final event of the series. Consequently the Committee has again scheduled similar mixed events in the calendar for the 2019-20 summer.

AVGU Championships 2019


LAUNCESTON – TASMANIA  :  10 – 15 November 2019

3rd Early Bird Bonus – book by 31 March 2019 to go into the draw to win a FREE golfer entry.

For more information and to Register for the event, go to the Official Web Site:

Click Here… to download a copy of the official Brochure for the Championships.

Launceston Golf Club

The Championships are scheduled to get under way on the Monday with a Medley 4BBB Stableford, played on one of 4 courses, and the Championships proper will happen on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, playing on each of the three courses – Country Club Tasmania, Launceston Golf Club and the Riverside Golf Club.

There is also a comprehensive program of tours and other activities during the event for non-playing visitors, and pre and post event tour suggestions.

Special personalised tours can be arranged as listed in the “MORE TO DO” section of the website.

Country Club Tasmania

Typical options include activities such as the Cradle Mt Wilderness Experience – National Park Tour;  exploring the North East Winery on a  Coach Tour with Lunch at Lost Farm Links Golf Course;  or a trip to play the famous Barnbougle Dunes/Lost Farm Golf Courses at Bridport.

From the Annual General Meeting


Forty-four members attended the Annual General Meeting of the Mackay Veteran Golfers Association Inc. on Monday 8th October 2018.

Only one nomination was received for each of the executive positions, those people being declared elected to the relevant position:

  • President: Bill Eccles
  • Vice-President (Male): David Hinder
  • Vice-President (Female): Margaret Griffin
  • Secretary: Pat Crompton
  • Treasurer: Bob Boyd
  • Men’s Captain: Greg Lingard
  • Ladies Captain: Aileen Kenny
  • Tournament Director: Tony Bell

Duncan Robertson and Elspit Mulherin were again appointed as  Patron and Patroness respectively of the Association for the year 2018/19.

The Secretary also advised that Lex Flack had agreed to serve on the the Mackay & District Veteran Golfers Association, replacing Bob Boyd.

Greg Mulhall also advised that all members are welcome to join in the regular working bee known as Dad’s Army, that meets at the golf course on Wednesday mornings for 3 hours from about 6 am.  The volunteers perform a variety of tasks and save the Club tens of thousands of dollars each year. We still need new people to come and help, so if you are reasonably fit and would like to start helping, contact Greg Mulhall and he will explain everything about the work that is carried out by Dad’s army. Even if you can’t commit to every Wednesday  or to the full time span, I am sure Greg would be able to discuss various options with you.

As we are now into a new financial year, annual membership subscriptions of $10 are now due and Secretary Pat will start collecting these as from next Monday so don’t forget to bring along an extra $10.

If you can, it would be appreciated if you would pay the $10 subscription by direct credit into the Veteran’s bank account at BOQ, the details of which are:-      BSB: 124-954   Account: 22614381.


Scores & Results

Scores & Results for Wintersun 2018.

Nominations have now been invited for Wintersun 2019, but you can still check the competition scores and the list of Trophy Winners for each of the five events that made up the Wintersun Carnival 2018 – on the Wintersun Carnival Home Page.

The Wintersun Carnival ran from 6th to 14th August – two rounds at Proserpine, 1 round each at Sarina and Pioneer Valley and finally two rounds at Mackay. The four rounds – Proserpine and Mackay – are combined to form the Wintersun Championships.

To read the scores and results for any of these events, go to the Wintersun Home Page and follow the links to each of the lists by clicking on the relevant button.