Posted by Graeme WHITMORE
The Rotary Club of Brisbane Charity Golf Day was again held in fine sunny weather at the Virginia Golf Club this year on 15th June, the course was in good condition, and fairways were a bit more forgiving. quality of greens was generally good.  The club’s golf co-ordinator, Andrew Halliday had all the necessary paperwork and sponsors' banners in place, motorised carts all individually named, with the help of John Smerdon selling raffle tickets and myself attending to the registration of players, the pre-game issues of the day were quickly attended to. Breakfast was served, bacon and egg muffin with coffee, and players were briefed on the day, its purpose and method of scoring. The clubs golf co-ordinator then identified where the special prize holes were, advised there was a map of the course on scorecard and then directed the field to the respective start holes.
 
This year we again had a grand raffle as well as our multi draw prize table with some great prizes.
It is important to note that several of our clubs’ members helped with prizes on the day and these include:
 
Rotarian Georgina Bishop for providing two beautiful bangles which would have pleased some players mother, girlfriend or partner when they got home, one was on the raffle table and one was allocated for ladies nearest the pin.  
 
Rotarians: Michael Stephens, John Smerdon, Don O’ Donoghue, Gerald Holtmann, Graeme Whitmore all of these members provided cash donation’s, I sincerely thank them for their generosity and financial support to our day, where practical these cash contributions were paid into a PAF for future use, and finally to Price Line Pharmacy ( James Delehunty) & Jacqueline Page ,for raffle prizes.
 
This year we also received cash donations from persons outside the club, and they included Mr Paul Wall, Mr Derek Morell, & Mr Earl & Marg Ryan, these have been acknowledged by the issue of certificates which have been delivered or posted.
 
Attendance report:
 This year we keep the day to a Friday morning, hoping that this would increase the numbers along with a return to Virginia Golf Course. Attendance this year was better, with 59 players finally teeing off, the good thing is that we only had one defection, and mor importantly ten ladies were in the field. The challenge for day was a four-person Ambrose event, with a special double Perrier system of handicaps. This makes the scoring fair as the handicaps for the day are taken on six hidden holes selected by the club.  This was the second time in eight years that I have played and was intending to defend our teams title, but alas it was not to be. Part of last years’ winning team with some new players (two ladies) teamed up, and were close but not quite there, although they took out a few of the major prizes.
 
Most importantly, a good day was had by all and in excess of $8000 was raised for doing good in the world.
RESULTS & PRIZE WINNERS
 The Winner this year was the Team from Mollydookers comprising: Terry McKay, David Ryan, Jon Pattie & Ben Ryan, on a countback this year with both winner and Runners up finishing with a net 67, 3 under par.  They now have their name on the Charity Shield twice in four years. Other winners are notified below
 
It should be noted that we again gave away through the generosity of contributors in goods and kind, prizes to a combined value in excess of $3000 again & a ball run down took place, so that all players went away with something. In addition to a full golf Umbrella provided again this year through the generosity of Rotarian Michael Stephen’s Company QED GROUP
 
Michael and I consider the day was financially successful although reasonably well attended, it would be great if our non-playing members could twist the arms of friends and colleagues to get them to attend, as all profits go directly to our club for our many facet’s of charity work. All players that I have spoken too enjoyed the day and expressed the desire to attend again next year. Our appreciation goes to all who helped make the day a success
        
RESULTS FOR THE DAY
 
As previously stated the competition on the day was a four person team Ambrose Event with the handicap system based on a double parrier system, whereby the club selects six secret holes and these are used to establish the teams handicap, Team members are therefore only required to enter the gross score on each hole and the club golf co-ordinator does the rest, this eliminates incorrect scoring generally associated with Ambrose events.
 
The Results for the day were as follows:
BEST NETT AMBROSE SCORE
 OVERALL WINNING TEAM: Perpetual Shield & Trophies, & prizes
Team: Mollydookers
Players: Terry Mckay, David Ryan, Jon Pattie, Ben Ryan
Score;    Net Winners 67 on countback 
RUNNER’S UP:
Players: Trish Bougourd, Cathy Tomlinson, Scott Levy, David McTaggert
 Score:  Net Runner Up 67 on countback
NEAREST THE PINS COMPETITION ON PAR 3’s and best third shot on hole 2 were given Trophies and Prizes, Results were
Hole 16(Best Third shot):  Scott Levy, Prizes & Trophy
Hole 3:   Russell Johnson   Prizes & Trophy
Hole 9    Michael Bigg         Prizes & Trophy
Hole 12  Eamonn Curran    Prizes & Trophy
Hole 12 Di Hall                     Prizes & Trophy    (executive Decision on the day)
Hole 14: Eamonn Curran    Prizes & Trophy
Hole 6: (Best 2nd Shot)    Margus Orupold Prizes & Trophy    
LONGEST DRIVE ON DAY
There were four names on card
 Winner:  Scott Levy from Endro Plumbing
THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT DRIVE ON THE DAY
STRAIGHTEST DRIVE
Winner Ben Ryan
 
THE MOST GOLF or perhaps The MOST HONEST GOLFERS:
This Competition was won by the lady’s team of Dymphna Muir, Maureen Tynan, Di Hall & Kathryn Downey
 I am sure that with a bit of practice with their prize balls, they will improve for next year,
Score : A well scored net of 75  which is not bad score.
 
NON GOLF RELATED AWARDS:
The Multi Draw raffle contained Donated prizes in the order of $2000 to $2500
With random draws everybody had an equal chance
Prizes were donated by Grinners Trophies, GLWONE Consulting, Rotarian Jackie Page, Drummond Golf, Golf Gurus, Golf World, Georgina Bishop, Virginia Golf Club, Price Line Pharmacies, Tattersalls Club and many others.
 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 
Special reference must be made to a few special persons who made this Charity Golf Day a success.
I refer you also to the Lists of Cash Sponsors, and to Contributors in Kind, without these persons and or their companies, it would be difficult to give the Prizes and conditions that make persons return again on another day
SPECIAL PERSONS ( Rotarians)
Georgina Bishop: provided two great jewellery prizes
Michael Stephens: As with last year, Michael provided a ready assistance and was a driving force in getting his player contacts to perform on the day, along with the provision of a golf umbrella to all players. Well done Michael. Michael was also a major cash sponsor.
Jackie Page: one of our solid club members who donated a raffle prize, Thank you
James Delahunty:  Provided product prizes from Price Line Pharmacy, thank you for your continued support
AND I would like to thank other Rotarians who have financially supported us on the day even though they could not play. They are:    Don O ‘Donoghue: John Smerdon: Gerald Holtman, Graeme Whitmore.
 Special thanks also go to M Stephen for his financial sponsorship.
SPECIAL PERSONS (NON ROTARIANS) This year we received some financial contributions from outside our club. These persons are:  Paul Wall, Derek Morrell & Earl Ryan, we also received an accommodation voucher from the Tattersalls Club.
All contributors have been acknowledged by the issue of certificates of Appreciation.
To all the others that have helped Michael & I get this day together, we thank you.
Graeme Whitmore   & Michael Stephens
Joint Golf Convenors  
 
FINANCIAL SPONSORS
WE would like to sincerely thank the following Persons and Companies for their financial support on the day
 
BRONZE SPONSOR : QED Enterprises  ( M Stephens)
 
INDIVIDUAL
John Smerdon
Don O’Donoghue
Gerald Holtman
Graeme Whitmore   Team sponsor
Georgina Bishop
Paul Wall
Derek Morrell
Earl Ryan
 
CONTRIBUTORS IN KIND
We would like to acknowledge the following persons and Companies who have contributed in Kind
 
VIRGINIA GOLF CLUB
Drummond Golf Virginia
QED GROUP     ( Michael Stephen)
GLWONE CONSULTING  ( Graeme Whitmore)
Grinners Trophies
Golf Gurus Aspley (Jason O)
Georgina Bishop
Jacqi Page
Golf World Virginia ( Brosnan Golf)
Priceline Pharmacies ( James Delahunty)
Tattersalls Club