Tom Butcher's sporting passion
TOM BUTCHER achieved his ambition to play golf when he immigrated to Australia in the mid 1960s.
"It was something I always wanted to do," Butcher said.
"I grew up in the industrial city of Birmingham, in the midlands of England and golf really wasn't on my sporting agenda mainly because it was out of the reach for most kids.
"I suppose it was considered a bit elitist and only a game for kids with rich parents so I played cricket in my youth just like most of the other kids in my neighbourhood.
"I've heard that it was a bit the same in Australia in those days and really wasn't one of the mainstream junior sports mainly because of cost."
Golf became Butcher's sporting passion in Australia.
He managed to find time for the game while working in the chemical industry in Sydney and later owning a farm for some years in the Gympie area.
"At one stage I managed to get my handicap down to nine but it has blown out considerably probably because I haven't been playing as much," he said.
Butcher joined the Vets Club when he returned to Gympie late last year and posted his first win in last Tuesday's B-grade Monthly Medal after carding a great score of 68 nett, just one stroke ahead of the very dependable Errol Ward with Ross Chapman filling third place on 70.
"I think putting was the best part of my game today and certainly was an important factor in my win," said Butcher.
Brian Carroll played solid golf to compile the winning score of 67 nett in A-grade which was two shots better than Gavin Jensen while Bob McPherson came third with a nett 71.
Danny Raynel won Putter of the Month defeating Dave Thomas in a playoff.
- A-grade NTP: Ray Rigbye, Garry Davis
- B-grade NTP: Brian Carroll, Lionel Muir, Jeff Mason, Bob McPherson
- C-grade NTP: Ross Chapman, Gerry Entwistle, Errol Ward
- Two's: John Tisdell, Barry Bargenquast, Jeff Hudgson, Bill Swan
Meantime the Gympie Vets committee has received an overwhelming response to a personal written invitation to all members seeking their ideas and suggestions for making golf more enjoyable and interesting.
"More than 95% of members took the time to respond and there are some great ideas among the suggestions including a separate Vets' competition for players aged over 75 years, optional bar vouchers for nearest the pin winners, more away trips and some very positive and practical suggestions for improving what is already a good golf course," Stallard said.
The Vets committee will meet next Thursday to discuss all the ideas arising from the "think tank" and the best of those will then be put to the membership.
Next Tuesday, Gympie Vets play a 4BBB Stableford event sponsored by Phil Barry and Kevin Schmitt.
On Monday, June 16, Gympie hosts Tin Can Bay and a bus will be running to Caloundra on Friday, June 20, with nominations for the day closing Wednesday, June 11.
Members are also reminded that the $70 payment for the mystery bus trip on Friday, July 4, is due next Tuesday.