VETERAN GOLFERS ASSOCIATION
The Gainsborough Greens Veteran Golfers Association (GG Vets) was founded by past member, Alan Underwood, in March 2010 with approx 28 members. For the first few years, competitions were organised by Alan, in conjunction with Pro shop staff, until a committee was formed in 2013.
Members of the first committee in 2013 were:
Alan Underwood (Chairman), Ernie Davidson (Secretary), Lorrie Devlin (Treasurer), Bob Baxter (Pennants Organiser), Ray Beavis (Social Organiser), Mary Knight and David Wheeler.
Since 2013, new committees have been elected at the GG Vets Annual General Meeting held each year in the month of July. (From 2021 AGM's will be conducted on the Fun Day in January)
Membership to the GG Vets is open to all GG golf club members with age restrictions in place. Men must be 55 and ladies 50. To allow men in the 50 – 54 age bracket to play in our Vets competitions, a Seniors club was initiated in 2010 (now defunct).
GG Vets is affiliated with the Northern Gold Coast & District Veteran Golfers Association and each year competes in the District’s Peter Clarke Memorial Shield competition comprising of 5 events. Since joining the Association GG Vets have been successful Shield winners in 2012 and 2015. In addition to the Peter Clarke memorial two additional competitions are held being: A closed District Championship and a closed Aged Championship.
GG Vets Competitions are held every Thursday throughout the year from mid January to mid December. The first Thursday of the month is always a Monthly Medal Stroke event and the second Thursday a Charity Day event. Charity days were introduced in 2013 and sponsored by past member Lorrie Devlin’s company, Lorries Pies. On these days $2 is added to the competition fee. Throughout the year these additional funds accumulate and are all donated to a Charity the following year. The recipient Charity is chosen by the winner of the Charity Day playoff held in the first quarter of each year.
Since 2017, Halcyon has sponsored the Charity Days by contributing to the "nearest to the Pins" and long drive. In addition they provide monetary prizes for the playoff competitors and sponsor the playoff lunch.
In 2014, ‘Fun Day’ events were introduced for the last Thursdays in the month. These events are a shotgun start with everyone using carts followed by a luncheon together in the clubhouse. Fun Days are subsidised by the GG Vets Committee and were initially introduced as a means of distributing funds back to club members. As a draw is done for playing groups on these days, it was also seen as an opportunity for encouraging social interaction amongst all members.
Stroke Championships were introduced in 2013 with all players competing in one division. Inaugural club champion that year was Murray Callaway, with Alan Underwood the Net winner.
In 2014, as the Club’s membership continued to grow, three Divisions were introduced for the Championships - Div 1 and 2 for Men and a Ladies division.
In November 2022 membership has risen to 186 which includes 50 ladies and continues to grow with substantial home building in the Pimpama area and the strong influence of the adjacent Halcyon Greens community.
Northern Gold Coast & Districts Veteran Golfers Association Inc
The inaugural meeting of representatives from five local vets clubs (associated with Parkwood International, Carrara, Tamborine Mountain, Tallebudgera/Coplicks and Helensvale golf clubs) was held 0n 21st May 1997 and resolved to form a veterans golfers association to be affiliated with the Queensland VGU. Shortly afterwards, the district was formally constituted by the membership of four of these clubs - Helensvale withdrew its interest - and, in May 1998, the Carrara club changed its name to Emerald Lakes. In June 1999, the Gold Coast Veterans club, associated with the Gold Coast Country Club was approved for membership.
Queensland Veteran Golf Union
The Queensland Veteran Golf Union comprises 21 Districts stretching from Cairns to the Tweed. The Union has around 7000 members from over 100 golf clubs and in addition to the two major State Championships around 50 open events are held throughout the State each year. To become a veteran golfer you must be a male member of a golf club affiliated with the Australian Golf Union, be over 55 years and have a current AGU handicap. All Gainsborough Greens Veteran members are automatically members of Veteran Golf Queensland and also the Australian Veterans Golf Union.