Gloucester's Veteran's Week of Golf 2019

Veteran volunteers: David Hjorth, Ele Fraser, Bruce Fraser, Richard Webb, Anne Maggs and Ian Maggs all helped on the barbecue. Photo: Anne Keen
Veteran volunteers: David Hjorth, Ele Fraser, Bruce Fraser, Richard Webb, Anne Maggs and Ian Maggs all helped on the barbecue. Photo: Anne Keen

Gloucester's golf course was a hive of activity with veteran players from all over the State coming to have a hit.

Around 75 players took part in this year's Veteran's Week of Golf hosted by Gloucester's Veteran Golf Club from Monday, May 20 to Friday, May 25.

The event, which is part of the NSW Veteran Golf Association's annual calendar, runs as a stableford competition across Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with an ambrose event held on the Friday.

As part of the committee's desire help boost the Gloucester economy by bringing people to town, Wednesday is a free day for players where they are encouraged to spend time perusing the shops and patronising the cafes and restaurants.

Club treasurer, Peter Buettel said the event's entry numbers were around the same as last year, but that interestingly, about 50 per cent were new players to the competition.

Perhaps it has something to do with it being an event for veterans, but regardless, it was nice for the club to be able to attract new visitors.

Overwhelmingly the feedback about the state of the golf course was extremely positive, with many players amazed with how good it looked.

One of last year's winner, Julie Berick from Aberdeen said it was one of the reasons she keeps coming back.


"It's just so pretty here and everything is in good nick considering the weather conditions," Julie remarked.

"Also, I like the way they mix it up with men and woman playing together."

Organisers try to have two men and two women playing the course together as they feel it's a more social way to play.

Most Gloucester veterans were volunteers for the competition, helping out cooking, recording scores or spotting, like Jim Dunn, who spent all day collecting balls that were hit out of bounds.


It may seem like a simple thing, but by having Jim there to keep an eye on rouge balls meant play could continue without disruption.

Gloucester also had three representatives playing in the event, including tournament director, Bill Murray.

"We've had a wonderful time and people have enjoyed themselves," Bill smiled.

"People are impressed with the condition of the course and Anthony Ross is it be commended.

"He deserves a lot of credit for the state of the course."