The Black Springs Golf Club is holding its 2020 Veterans Golf Open on Tuesday 11th August 2020, commencing with a Shotgun Start at 9:30 am.
The event is an 18 hole competition for men and women veteran golfers – Men 75 years and over and Women 50 years and over. The Nomination Fee is $35 per person, which includes lunch after the game. Nominations close on SUNDAY 9th AUGUST.
Players will compete in grades for GREAT PRIZES. Grades will be determined depending on the number of nominations.
Nomination Sheets are available in the MGC club house, or you can get further information and nominate at Black Springs Golf Club by ringing 4952 6446, or emailing to email@example.com.
If nominating by email, please include: Name, GolfLink Number, GA Handicap, whether you require a cart, and who you have arranged to play with if applicable.
Nominations close 15th July 2020. For more information, contact Rhonda O’Brien, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile: 0407 920 330.
Unfortunately, it appears that the two companion opens in nearby towns – the Cardwell Tropical Coast Veterans Open (scheduled for 14 & 15 July) and the Ingham Veterans Open (scheduled for 20 – 22 July) – have been cancelled for this year – see notice on the QVGU web site.
Due to the uncertainty around the return to normal travel arrangements, the Tropic of Capricorn Veteran Golfers Carnival for 2020 was cancelled. However, now that travel restrictions have been relaxed, some of the partner Clubs in the carnival have decided to hold their individual Veterans’ Opens around the same time.
The cancelled carnival was due to be played from 17 to 25 August, 2020 in Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Emu Park. Yeppoon Veterans have advised that they are holding the Yeppoon Veterans Golf Open on Thursday 20th August 2020, and the Rockhampton Veterans are holding their Veterans Open on Monday 17th August. Gracemere, Emu Park and Capricornia (North Rockhampton) are holding their Opens later in the year.
Click Here… to have a look at the flyer for the Yeppoon Veterans Open. To enter, contact Yeppoon Vets Captain on 4933 7427 or 0492 913 103 or email to email@example.com
While the 2020 Tropic of Capricorn Carnival is another victim of the pandemic, the 2021 Carnival will be well worth waiting for. Playing golf in beautiful sub-tropical weather while enjoying the social interaction is something that we all enjoy and look forward to. The proposed start date for 2021 carnival is Monday 16th August. Details later in 2020.
The Wide Bay Veteran Golfers Spring Carnival – from 29th August to 16th September – is to go ahead in spite of other carnivals being cancelled because of restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Carnival is based around the golf courses on the Fraser Coast, and as well as golf, there is much to see and do in Bundaberg, Maryborough, Bargara, Hervey Bay and the surrounding areas. Click Here… for more information.
Unfortunately, the first two carnivals of the Three-Carnivals Sunshine State circuit have been cancelled for 2020, due to the restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wintersun Carnival was scheduled for 3rd to 11th August, but will be back in 2021, bigger and brighter than ever. Click Here… for more information.
The Tropic of Capricorn Carnival, scheduled 17th to 25th August, has also been cancelled, but the 2021 carnival will be worth waiting for. Although the Carnival has been cancelled, many of the golf clubs in the Capricorn region are holding their individual Club Veterans Opens in the next few months. Click Here… for more information.
You can keep abreast of the veterans golf open events which might be of interest when travel and playing restrictions are lifted. You can get an idea of these planned Veteran Golf events in the north by visiting the QVGU web site – Click Here…
The Queensland Veteran Golf Union is holding its 2020 State Carnival for men and women veteran golfers at the City Golf Club in Toowoomba on 12th & 13th October 2020, co-hosted by the Downs & District Veterans Association.
The Carnival, which was formerly a 4BBB event, is now a Singles event, with A Grade Men playing Single Stroke and the remaining men’s grades and all women’s grades playing Single Stableford.
Although there was some concern about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Carnival, it has been decided that under the present circumstances, the Carnival should go ahead as planned.
The QVGU has confirmed that Nomination Fees paid will be refunded if the Carnival is cancelled for any reason.
The City Golf Club in Toowoomba is the current home of the Queensland PGA Championships. The Club boasts a lavish club house, owns it’s own motel, and has a top driving range available for practice.
Toowoomba – the Garden City – is situated on the eastern edge of the Great Dividing Range, and the Carnival is being held just after Toowoomba’s spectacular Carnival of Flowers.
There are heaps of accommodation choices close by, covering all price ranges, with several suggestions listed in the Nomination Form brochure.
The AVGU has advised that the 2020 Australian Veterans Golf Championships that were to have been hosted by the Black Bull Golf Club in partnership with the Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Club Resort in November – December 2020, have been cancelled due to the Covid-19. The National Championships for 2021 have been again allotted to Yarrawonga with the subsequent years events to be moved back a year. (eg Western Australia 2022, ACT 2023 etc)
Sadly, due to the restrictions and risks surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Wintersun 2020, scheduled for 3rd to 11th August 2020, has been cancelled.
However, WINTERSUN will return in 2021, bigger and brighter than ever, provisionally programmed for 2nd – 10th August 2021.
At this time, we have not had word on whether the Capricorn and Wide Bay Carnivals will go ahead, but you should watch here or on their web sites to confirm details.
The Tropic of Capricorn Carnival – 17th to 25th August – features Rockhampton, Yeppoon and the Capricorn Resort Championship Golf Course, and magnificent views over Keppel Bay on the coast drive to Emu Park. Click Here… for more information.
The Wide Bay Veteran Golfers Spring Carnival runs from 29th August to 16th September. Based around the golf courses on the Fraser Coast, there is much to see and do in Bundaberg, Maryborough, Bargara, Hervey Bay and the surrounding areas. Click Here… for more information.
Golf Resumes but Vets Golf Events Remain Cancelled due to COVID-19 Restrictions.
UPDATE: 3rd July – The MGC is now operating under Stage 3 of the Queensland COVID-19 Roadmap.
UPDATE: 16th May – The MGC has issued revised conditions of play on the course for the rest of the year.
UPDATE: Thursday 16th April – The MGC advised that golf will resume on the course from 17th April, although players will be required to comply with the Club’s policy implementing the government’s COVID-19 restrictions.
From 16th May 2020, the Mackay Golf Club will be running time-sheets for Medley and Men/Women competitions on each day, provisionally until 31st December 2020. The Clubhouse and the pro shop are open.
Although there are no “Vets only” competitions, Vets are able to play in any of the Club-run events, bearing in mind the government recommendations that “at-risk” people remain safe.
The MGC has published detailed instructions with which all players MUST comply, or be banned from the course. In particular, NO alcoholic beverages may be brought onto the course, but alcohol purchase and consumption on the course is now permitted. Social distancing must be maintained at all times. It is recommended that all prospective players read these policies and procedures in full before visiting the Club. Note that ALL players MUST be nominated on the timesheet – “walk-ins” are not allowed.
The Club is obligated to collect information for contact tracing purposes. This includes name, two of the following identifiers – address, email or mobile phone number and time period of patronage.
The Spike Bar will be open for food and drinks, and the MGC committee would welcome your support of this facility. Note that, unless otherwise advised, timesheets will be for groups of four playing at 7 minute intervals off one or both tees. You must ensure that the interval between groups remains. You must maintain social distancing with your playing partners, and two person per cart is now permitted.
The Mackay Veterans Golf Committee asks all veteran golfers to seriously consider their health, the health of their families, and the health of the wider community, when going about their lives, including golf. Most veteran golfers are in the high to very high risk categories. If we contract the COVID-19 virus, minimal medical treatment is currently available for those who are badly affected. We urge all golfers to keep up to date with, and follow, the latest Government health warnings. We also have an obligation to be sensitive to, and acknowledge, the efforts and sacrifices that many in our wider communities are making. These efforts are aimed at minimising the spread of this virus, especially to people like us who are in the high risk category!
DO NOT BE COMPLACENT. STAY WELL! We want to see you all at our regular Monday competitions when this crisis is over.
The weekly competition format was 18 Holes Medley Single Stableford, with prizes for the weekly winners and runners-up and separate rundowns for men and women based on numbers of players. Pin shots were open to both men and women. Overall, 144 members participated in the event, with 26 members playing all six rounds, and 91 playing 3 rounds or more.
The weather was kind to us this year, all six rounds of the event were able to be played. Accordingly an overall winner’s prize will be presented to the player with the highest aggregate stableford score over all completed rounds. This prize will be presented on Mackay Veteran’s Opening Day which is scheduled for Monday 3rd February, 2020.
Aussie Mackay provided the weekly prizes as well as the prize for the overall winner. Mackay Veteran’s Golf thanks Aussie Mackay for this most generous support and encourages all Vets to come out and take part in these events. The Summer Season events were well supported this summer, which shows that there are plenty of Veteran women and men golfers who wish to play all year round. The committee has scheduled another Summer Series for the 2020/2021 Summer.