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Golf at MGC

Golf Resumes but Vets Golf Events Remain Cancelled due to COVID-19 Restrictions.

The MGC has issued revised conditions of play on the course for the rest of the year.

All 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.

Ayr Vets Tournament Results

Ayr Veterans Tournament Results

A strong team from Mackay travelled to Ayr for the Ayr Golf Club’s 2020 Ayr Veterans Golf Tournament, a 36 Hole single stableford played over two days on Monday & Tuesday 27th & 28th July 2020.

Our team consisted of seven gentlemen and eight ladies, in a record field in recent times for Ayr’s Veterans Open of 64 gentlemen and 53 ladies. Players came from as far afield as Cairns and Mareeba to the North and South to Bargara, Burrum District and Maryborough.

According to Tournament Director Rhonda, everything came together to produce a great tournament – record numbers, course in great condition and “weather – Divine”.

Although our team thoroughly enjoyed the trip, none were able to find their top game over the two days to feature in the overall Championships trophy list. However, Maryann Harrigan top-scored with 36 points for the A Grade Ladies in Round 1. This score was also the leading score for the Mackay group over the two days, joined by Veronica Dempsey on Day 2. Best Championship score for the Mackay group was 65 by both Michelle Ahmad and Joy Hold.

The top score for the carnival (72 points) was recorded by Peter Henderson (B Grade – Ayr) off a handicap of 23 and Noala Everett (B Grade – Charters Towers) off a handicap of 39. Top A Grade scores were: gentlemen – Bernie Goldie (Townsville, handicap 17), 71 points, and ladies – Dianne Gees (Maryborough, handicap 17) and Janice Dillon (Magnetic Island, handicap 22), both scoring 71. Best 18 hole score for the gentlemen was 38 points by Peter Henderson in Round 2, and for the ladies, Lynette Haller (Townsville, handicap 26) and Evelyn Webb (Ayr, handicap 33) both scored 39 points.

For more information, contact Rhonda O’Brien, e-mail:, mobile: 0407 920 330.

Vets Summer Golf – Final Results

Aussie Mackay – Summer of Golf Competition – Final Results

Lex Flack has scored the highest total score in the six-round Aussie Mackay Veterans’ Summer Golf Series which commenced on Monday 2nd December 2019 and ended on Monday 20th January 2020.

Lex shot to the lead in the fifth round, leap-frogging over Captain Greg. Lex finished with a total score of 219, Greg coming in second just four points behind.

FINAL RESULTS – Click Here... to download the provisional final results of the series, round-by-round.

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.

Vets 2020 Golf Season

Vets 2020 Golf Season Disrupted

A full program of Golfing had been organised for 2020  –  details on the PROGRAMME tab in the Main Menu – but after a great start, the remaining scheduled Vets events were cancelled.

The year started with the final 3 rounds of the Aussie Mackay Summer Series of Golf, the final round on Monday 20th January.

Opening Day for the Veterans’ 2020 Golf Season was on Monday 3rd February. The competition was a Mixed American Foursomes sponsored by AAA Mining Consumables, with an overflow for any gentlemen who were unable to find a lady partner for the day.

Unfortunately, after a great start, COVID-19 intervened, which resulted in the Mackay Golf Club being closed for a short time, before re-opening under a COVID-19 operating plan.

To manage it’s COVID-19 response, the Club decided to take over management of all competitions until 31st December 2020, which resulted in the cancellation of the MVGA golfing program for the rest of the year.

Major Vet events that have been cancelled include –

Wintersun – 3rd to 11th August – CANCELLED. 

Interclub Competitions: at Mackay, Pioneer Valley, Black Springs and Sarina – MAY BE RE-SCHEDULED – TBA.

MVGA Championships 2020 – Men and Women – MAY BE RE-SCHEDULED – TBA.

The 2019/2020 Mackay Veterans Summer Golf mixed events, sponsored by Aussie Mackay were well supported. You will be advised later in the year if a 2020/2021 Vets Summer Golf program will be able to be scheduled.

From the Annual General Meeting


Forty-five members attended the Annual General Meeting of the Mackay Veteran Golfers Association Inc. held at the Mackay Golf Club starting at 10:30 am on Monday 14th October 2019.

The reports presented by the President, the Treasurer and the Captains were received and adopted by the meeting, as was the financial statement for the 2018-19 financial year.

Because no nomination had been received for the position of President, nominations were called from the floor, and Russell Griffin was nominated. As only one nomination was received for each of the executive positions, those people were declared elected to the relevant position:

  • President: Russell Griffin
  • Vice-President (Male): David Dunkley
  • Vice-President (Female): Margaret Griffin
  • Secretary: Sue Rowlinson
  • Treasurer: Pat Crompton
  • 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 2019/20.

VALE DAVID HISKINS – The meeting observed a minutes silence in memory of long time Veteran, David Hiskens, who passed on 22 January this year. The President spoke of the large contribution by David to the Association and the Golf Club over many years. In particular, David was well known for his dedication to the “Dads’ Army” working bee.

Greg Mulhall is continuing David’s legacy and organising the regular “Dads’ Army” working bee, meeting 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.

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.

AVGU Championships 2019 – Results


LAUNCESTON – TASMANIA  :  10 – 15 November 2019

The Championships got under way on the Monday with a Medley 4BBB Stableford, played on one of 4 courses, and the Championships proper were played on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, playing one round on each of the three courses – Country Club Tasmania, Launceston Golf Club and the Riverside Golf Club.

There were Championship events for Stableford, Gross and Nett scores. You can download the full results of the Champioships by Clicking Here… for the Complete Results.

Four Mackay Vets members – Jacko Jackson, Peter Wellington, Bob Boyd and Tony Bell played in the Championships but, although having a great time on and off the golf courses, none was able to feature in the trophy list.

Out of a total field of 469, 94 were Queensland Vet golfers, 34 of whom were from clubs north of the Sunshine Coast. With this strong representation, Queensland was able to post a number of winners – Peter Clarke from Atherton was the overall Mens Stableford Champion (105 points), Norm Mitchell (City) won the Mens A Grade Stableford, Graeme Finn (Mt Coolum) won the Mens B Grade Stableford, Alan Dwyer (Millaa Millaa) won the Mens C Grade Stableford, Jeff Hogan (Redland Bay) won the Mens Age Group 55-64 Stableford and Warwick Heathcote (Maroochy River) won the Mens Age Group 65-69 Stableford event.

More information may be found for a time on the Official Web Site:

Wintersun – Results


The Proserpine, Sarina, Pioneer Valley and Mackay rounds of the Wintersun Carnival have been completed.

Kevin Dalton and Helen Teys are the 72 Hole Wintersun Champions and Kevin Dalton and Margaret Attwood are the Wintersun Mackay Classic Champions. Trophies were presented at the Presentation Dinner at the Mackay Golf Club that night.

Please go to the Wintersun Home Page for the links to the Story and Scores.

Interclub Final Results


The Mackay Vets team has won the Interclub Challenge Shield for 2019 after an impressive team effort, scoring 304 points in the fourth and final round of the annual Veterans Interclub Competition which was played at the Sarina Golf Club on Thursday, 18th July 2019.

A capacity field of 98 players took to the fairways of the the Sarina Golf Club, with teams of 18 players from Pioneer Valley, 28 from Mackay, 22 from Black Springs and 29 from the home club. 

Victorious Mackay Vets Team Captain Greg Lingard receives the Interclub Challenge Shield from the President of Mackay and District Veterans Golfers Association, John McClymont of Sarina.

The Sarina team, playing on their home turf, was too strong for the challenger teams on the day, the team scoring a massive 313 points to win the day’s event by 9 points. Mackay was second with 304, followed by Pioneer Valley (274) and Black Springs (267).

However, Mackay was placed ahead after Round 3, with a lead of 4 points over Black Springs and a 16 point lead over Sarina, and Sarina’s final round score fell just 7 points short of taking the Shield – Mackay’s stirling second place result over the home team sealed the deal.

The final result was Mackay in first place with 1177 points, Sarina second with 1170 points, last year’s shield holder, Black Springs was third with 1136 points and Pioneer Valley with 1086.

Although the Sarina team won the day, the best score of the day was shot by Mackay’s Fred Bartolo, handicap 20 – an awesome 43 points, Wayne Newman of Sarina two points behind with 41. Ann Hewitt (Sarina – 15 handicap) top scored for the ladies with 36 points, Karen Hindle (Pioneer Valley – handicap 24) was runner-up with 34 points.

Mackay’s leading scorers on the day, supporting Fred in top place, were Joe Hong with 40 points, Neil Morris with 39 points, John Webb with 38 points, Glenn Jackson with 37 points, Rob Byrnes and John Crerar both on 36 points, then Barry Sullivan, Greg Lingard, George Nuttall and Max Direen all vying for the final spot with 35 points.

Such a close result emphasises the strength of the Veteran Clubs making up the Mackay and District Veterans Association. Mackay’s team score in this round allowed them to maintain a lead in the overall four-round event but there is no doubt that Mackay will need to stay in top form to hold off the challenges for the shield next year.

Mackay started the series with a great score of 289 at Pioneer Valley, three shots ahead of the home team. Then at their home game, Mackay blitzed the field to set up an overall lead of 23 points going into the Black Springs round. However, the game plan almost unraveled in the third round, when the Mackay team found it difficult to come to grips with the Black Springs layout, and nearly allowed Black Springs to overtake them. Mackay was just able to scrape through, maintaining a slim lead of just 4 points after Black Springs scored an impressive 318 points for the day (averaging nearly 40 points by each of their 8 leading team members). Defending this lead, Mackay attacked the Sarina fairways and although not able to beat the home team, they played well enough to finish in the lead.

Mackay’s top scorers in the series were Fred Bartolo (handicap 20) with 43 points; Neil Morris (6) and Joe Hong (15) with 40 points; Ken Kratz, Greg Lingard, Russell Griffin, Barry Sullivan and Lorraine Argus with 39; and Ray Cook (2 rounds), Glenn Jackson and John Webb all with 38 points.

Black Springs started off slowly, in last place after the Pioneer Valley round, and were unable to improve their position in the second round at Mackay. However, on their home ground, 14 of their team scored at par or better, with 39 points the lowest score in their top group of eight. With 318 points, they leaped into second place, relegating Pioneer Valley to last place, and Sarina in between. However, a lack-lustre showing in the final round left then languishing in third place

Top scorers for Black Springs were David Patch (41), Michael Jorgensen, Alan Hunt, Blue Nancarrow, Reg Millett (40), and Rick Lebrun and Rodney Brebner (39).

Sarina also started off slowly, in third place after Round 1, but shot into second place after a strong showing at Mackay in Round 2. Their team’s 296 was second on the day only 11 points behind the day’s top score, and featured two 39-pointers by two of their lady vets – Ruth Grainger and Dianne Holewa. In spite of a very respectable 284 at Black Springs, in second place for the day, the Black Springs team’s performance pushed Sarina back to third place after the third round. However, home town advantage and some great play in Round 4 catapulted then into second place.

Sarina’s Greg Chrzanowski tied for the score of the series at Black Springs – 43 points on a course that many players found difficult to conquer. He was well supported over the series by the team including Wayne Newman (41), Darryl Dearness, Eddie Halat and Harold Brookes (40 each) and Mike Lindeberg, Ruth Grainger and Dianne Holewna (39 each).

Pioneer Valley started off with gusto, a close second comfortably ahead of the next two, but were disappointed with their team’s handling of the Mackay course in Round 2. Just managing to scrape in a third after the first two rounds, they were no match for Black Springs’ attack on their home ground, slipping into bottom position and not able to find the super performance needed in the final round to get off bottom.

Leading scores by the Pioneer Valley teams included an excellent 40 points by Allan Cameron at Black Springs, 38 points by Richard Treloar, and 37 points each from Wayne Sampson, Don Bloxsidge, Karen Hindle and Dale Hoffmann.

Scores for Each Round:
Mky Vets: 289307277304
Sar Vets: 277296284313
BS Vets: 267284318267
PV Vets: 286269257274
Progressive Scores after:
Mky Vets: 2895968731177
Sar Vets: 2775738571170
BS Vets: 2675518691136
PV Vets: 2865558121086

Who are the Champions?


Bob Boyd and Debra McCowan are the Pyramid Security Mackay Veterans Champions for 2019 after returning excellent scores in the second round of the Championships on Monday 17th June.

Vets Men’s Champion 2019 Bob Boyd (left) with Capt. Greg Lingard.

Bob Boyd, playing off a handicap of 19, returned scores of 67 nett on both days, his total of 134 coming in 3 shots ahead of the Runner-up – Patron Duncan Robertson. Duncan plays off 25, and shot a 66 in Round 2 to finish with a total of 137.

Hot on their heels were Pat Crompton (20 handicap), Les Bartlett (16) and Col Holdsworth (15) each with a total score of 138.

Runner-Up Champion 2019 Duncan Robertson with Capt. Greg.

Although leading after Round 1, Glynn Ford was unable to repeat his initial score of 65, only able to shoot a 79 in Round 2 to drop out of contention. Ray Cook also had a day to forget, a 77 in Round 2 to go with his initial 66 leaving him also several shots off the pace.  

Top score of the day was by Joe Hong – playing off 18, Joe shot a superb 64 nett, but was not in the Championships, having not played in Round 1. Best Gross of the day was a score of 75 off-the-stick, returned by both Kev Dalton and Steve Harris. 

In the Ladies Championship event, Debra McCowan scored 38 Stableford Points in the second round to combine with her first round 34, a total of 72, to head off May Scott-Morris by two points for the Champion’s spot. Debra was sitting in a tie for 4th with 3 others after Round 1, but charged to the front with the 2-points better-than-par Round 2. 

However, May Scott-Morris (playing off 22) was able to hold on to second place with 34 points combining with her earlier 36, finishing with a total 70 just 2 points behind Debra.

First round leader, Susanne Mogg, was unable to play in Round 2. In third place and also poised to challenge after Round 1, Veronica Dempsey was only able to put together a score of 27 points in Round 2, not enough to stay at the top of the field.

In winning the Championships, Debra also shot the top score of the day, with Sherry Ison and Margaret Brown each returning 37 points to tie second best scores.

The Championships were 36 hole events, the men playing Single Stroke and the ladies playing Single Stableford. Championship winners and runners-up were determined by adding a player’s nett scores for Day 1 and Day 2. 

Bill Eccles sponsored the 18 hole Round 1 event for the men and Richie Goldup sponsored the men’s second 18 holes (Round 2) – Thank You, Bill and Richie. Lady Vets daily events were sponsored by the Mackay Vets. 
PIN SHOTS: Combined Men and Lady Vet pin shots were run on all par 3 holes.  Each pin shot winner received a $25 voucher prize donated by Pyramid Security Services.
CHAMPIONSHIP SPONSOR: The Overall Championship sponsor for both Men and Lady Vets was Pyramid Security Services, and we sincerely thank Michael Nott for his company’s very generous sponsorship of this event. Please thank Michael when you see him around the golf course.


Foursomes Rules

Different Forms of Foursomes

The basic Foursomes competition (also known as Alternate Shot) is a form of golf where two players play as partners and use only one ball. The partners strike off alternately from the tees (eg Player A hits off the odd tees, Player B off the even tees) and thereafter strike the ball alternately during the play of each hole. Scoring is done as for a stroke round and, for a handicap event, the total is subject to a deduction of half the partners’ aggregate handicaps. If either player incurs a penalty stroke it does not alter the rotation of play.

The rules for this form of play are essentially the same as for individual play. Rule 22 of the Rules of Golf detail the specific rules and variations which apply to foursomes only.

Foursomes competitions may be played as Men’s, Women’s or Mixed events. The majority of Club games are played as Stroke Play, although Foursomes can also be played in Match Play. In Mixed Foursomes the women use their own tees and observe their own local rules, if any, when it is their turn to play. The committee will usually stipulate which gender plays from the 1st tee, so that all teams play under the same conditions.

There are also several variations to the standard Foursomes that can be played. They may be called by different names, but Golf Australia suggest the following rules for American Foursomes and Canadian Foursomes as detailed below. Other forms can be played if defined by the Committee – eg Chapman, Pinehurst or Two Stroke Canadian.

Note that the Rules of Golf detail the way in which the rules are modified to apply to “normal” foursomes, so the Match Committee has to make clear what differences are to apply for the event compared with “normal” foursomes. Golf Australia notes that they will not make any determinations about other forms of foursomes other than as described in the Rules of Golf.

CANADIAN FOURSOMES: This event is played as for Foursomes, except that both players play tee shots at every hole, then decide with which ball to continue play of the hole. They then continue with whichever ball they nominate, with the partner of the player whose ball is chosen playing the second stroke. Handicap allowance is normally ⅜ of aggregate stroke handicap for stroke competitions (0.5 is rounded up), but OneGolf will automatically apply the required handicap deduction.

AMERICAN FOURSOMES: Both players play tee shots at each hole, then play a second stroke with their partner’s ball. One ball is then selected and play proceeds as in foursomes, so that if Player B hit the second shot with the selected ball, Player A hits the next shot and play alternates until the hole is completed. (Said another way – the “owner” of the chosen ball plays the third shot.) Handicap allowance is normally ⅜ of aggregate stroke handicap for stroke competitions (0.5 is rounded up). GA suggests that this event is sometimes called “Pinehurst Foursomes”, but some authors suggest that “Pinehurst Foursomes” is an alternate name for “Chapman Foursomes”.

CHAPMAN FOURSOMES: Although not mentioned in the GA advice, this form is generally specified to have both players play tee shots at each hole, then play a second stroke with their own ball. One ball is then selected and play proceeds as in foursomes, so that if Player B’s ball is selected, Player A hits the next shot. Play then alternates until the hole is completed. Handicap allowance is normally ⅜ of aggregate stroke handicap for stroke competitions (0.5 is rounded up). Some writers suggest that this event is sometimes called “Pinehurst Foursomes”, after the Pinehurst Golf Club where the reputed “inventor” Dick Chapman supposedly played it. It may also be called “Two Stroke Canadian Foursomes”.

Because of the various interpretations of the different forms of Foursomes, the Match Committee will normally specify the way each team must play from the tee at each hole before reverting to the “true” foursomes format so that players are in no doubt, and the form specified complies with the way the competition is defined in OneGolf.

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