STILL SWINGING: Noel Kettle, Ed Neilsen, Peter Radcliffe and John Clarke enjoy the veterans' golf day at Stanthorpe Golf Club.
STILL SWINGING: Noel Kettle, Ed Neilsen, Peter Radcliffe and John Clarke enjoy the veterans' golf day at Stanthorpe Golf Club. Matthew Purcell

Locals claim the top prizes

MONDAY morning saw a large roll-up of veteran golfers as they congregated at Stanthorpe Golf Club for a two-person ambrose.

Winners on the day were Angelo Maugeri and Arron Simmers with 62 nett. Runners-up were Max Hunter and Michael McAuliffe with 62¼.

Pro pin winners were Steve Morritt and Brian Walter.

Darling Downs Veterans Golf Association president Merv Nugent said all players enjoyed their day on the course.

"The winners and runners-up of the ambrose were from the Stanthorpe Golf Club,” Nugent said.

"Local knowledge we say.

"The Darling Downs Veterans Golf Association has about 300 members and we play at 18 different courses.

"The vets love playing country courses, as Stanthorpe, and the Stanthorpe Golf Club, always makes us very welcome and looks after us on the days we play there.

"We have programmed two games this year at Stanthorpe and we will be back again next year.”

There are 21 members from Stanthorpe Golf Club who are members of the DDVGA and travel to other clubs.

"What they do is very much appreciated,” Mr Nugent said.

"The DDVGA is a very good social competition for the members who are over 55 and members of a golf club.

"There is also a mixed veterans' competition that is played once a month at 12 different clubs through the year.”

The club is a not-for-profit group and charges a small fee of $15 for annual membership.

The only requirement is the members must belong to a golf club.

"It is a great chance for older vets to get together and enjoy their advancing years,” DDVGA secretary Peter Radcliffe said.

"An example of this is our patron, who is is 97 years old and still plays most games.”

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