Veteran’s Programme of Events
The Vets program for 2021 has now been finalised (subject to weather and unforeseen circumstances) –
Mackay Vets have programmed an interesting series of competitions for both women and men players throughout the year. Opening Day to start our regular 2021 season is scheduled for Monday 1st February, with a Mixed American Foursomes competition and Single Stableford for the overflow. AAA Mining Supplies is the sponsor for these events.
This follows the very successful, but shortened Aussie Home Loans Mackay Summer Series of Golf, which ran for just two rounds through January.
These events start the reinstatement of the regular Monday Vets events in 2021, which were put on hold since March 2020 due to COVID-19.
As well as the regular Monday competitions, there are several opportunities to compete with Veteran Golfers from other golf clubs in the district: Black Springs, Pioneer Valley and Sarina. After being cancelled for 2020, the series is back on in 2021, with four interclub events scheduled from April to July. As well as being a great fun event on the day, the best eight scores for each club are added as the Club’s Medley Teams Stableford score for that round. Mackay narrowly beat Sarina in 2019 to take home the shield, and the Captain is hoping that we can repeat the win this year. You’ll find the schedule for these events in the men’s and women’s programme.
Wintersun is a major event on the calendar and attracts veteran golfers from all parts of the country. It is returning in 2021 bigger and brighter than ever. It is scheduled to start 2nd August, through to 10th August 2021.
Note that in order to comply with COVID-19 protocols and MGC policies, there have been some changes to the way the Timesheets are arranged – read below for details.
Important – Format Changes for Vets Monday Events
Covid-19 requirements and policy changes by the MGC for “intra-club” events have led to some changes in format for Vet’s Monday competitions. As a result, timesheets are quite different from the previous Vets timesheets. There are also no areas designated for men and lady vets. A summary of the changes is as follows.
- Monday timesheets have been changed to allow Veteran’s competitions to be run in conjunction with a MGC daily medley competition.
- There will be morning and afternoon timesheets. The afternoon format only will be a shotgun start starting at the later time of 12 noon.
- Both morning and afternoon timesheets will be open to Vets and non-Vets players.
- It is hoped that Vets will choose to play in the pm event, but some Vets may choose to play in the morning field.
- Reports will be run to extract Vets competitors from the overall daily fields.
- Our understanding is that the system will be flexible enough to handle morning players competing in Vets pairs events such as 4BBB and mixed events. Having different morning and afternoon field formats, and vets and non-vets competing simultaneously, adds complexity, so Vets need to pay particular attention to the following points.
- VETS MUST LET THE PRO SHOP KNOW, ON REGISTERING, THAT THEY ARE PLAYING IN A VETS EVENT. This is particularly important for those playing in the morning field.
- A player can only compete in a Vets event OR a club event, not both.
- Vets completed score cards must be compatible with the daily Vets competition for which they have nominated, e.g. do not fill out a Single Stableford card if the Vet’s event is a 4BBB Stroke.
- Vets are responsible for ensuring that in a pairs event, their partner is an eligible Vet. Take care when putting your name down on a timesheet.
- Vets will have a presentation and rundown at the end of play each day.
- Vets competitions will not include pin-shot prizes – Covid requirements make them impractical. The pro shop will run pin-shots and players can choose to participate or not.
Does this affect the Aussie Summer Series?
Yes – Even though the competitions are the same (Medley Single Stableford), you must still tell the Pro Shop, on registering, that you are playing in the Vets Summer Competition.
What Happens for the Regular Season from 1st February?
When the Vet’s regular season starts in February, the situation becomes more complex. The Vets competition of the day will often be different from the MGC event, which will usually be a Medley Single Stableford.
Vets who are playing in the Vets competition MUST TELL THE PRO SHOP ON REGISTERING, WHETHER PLAYING IN THE MORNING OR THE AFTERNOON FIELD. The Veteran’s Committee STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that:
- Veteran’s nominate on the afternoon timesheet wherever possible;
- In pairs and 4-Ball events, Vets are responsible for making sure that their playing partner is an eligible Vet.
- Take care, for these, that you nominate on the timesheet with other eligible Vets – names together in adjacent timeslots eg Slot 1 and Slot 2, or Slot 3 and Slot 4.
- It is your responsibility for ensuring that in a pairs event, your partner is an eligible Vet. Ask the Pro Shop on registering if you have nominated with a non-Vet.
- If you are playing in the Vets competition, you cannot also play in the MGC competition.
Can non-Vets play in the same group as Vets?
Yes – there are no “reserved for Vets” timeslots on the time-sheet – any member or visitor can choose any available time-slot. But obviously they cannot play in the Vets competition.
This is not necessarily a big issue for singles competitions, but could be a problem for 4BBB and other pairs/teams events, because MiClub, by default, automatically “pairs” adjacent players on the time-sheet. So, obviously, you can’t be in the Vets competition if your partner is not a Vet golfer.
So, try to pre-arrange your partner and put both names in adjacent slots (eg 1 & 2 or 3 & 4) when you nominate.
What about the future of Vets Events? A word from the Committee.
“The timesheet changes have added complexity. Please be patient as we work with the Club, the Pro Shop and MiClub system capabilities to handle the timesheets and generate appropriate competition reports.
“While the format of Vets comps has had to change a little, it has been a long time since we have had Vet-run competitions and we look forward to their resumption and enjoying the camaraderie associated with Mackay Vets golf.
“We look forward to seeing you all again.
Mackay Veterans Golf Committee.”