Seniors Golf

What is Senior’s golf?

The ‘Seniors’ is a relaxed and friendly competition played over 9 holes on Monday mornings, from the yellow (social) tees, for those over 55.

It was run from 1988 until 2014 under the stewardship of youngster, Ian “Tricky” Trickett. Maximum handicap is 50 (you start on 1 less than your GA handicap), there are no annual fees, visitors and beginners are welcome.

A feature of the group is the annual “Xmas Hams Day”. On this day, every regular player receives a substantial ham, along with the Xmas lunch.

Come along and join us on a Monday, just roll up from 7.30am, bookings not necessary.

The Seniors Team

Tamworth Golf Club.



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Rob Black shows his putting prowess to John Frame, Frank Henry and Stuart Johns

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“Bing”Chen, Robin Barlow, Rod Doolan, Gary Bryant and John Ryan preparing to tame the course.




Thirty Nine players hit off from the first, meaning balls went down 13 places.

The computer will go into melt-down working out the handicaps for next week.

First                       $25 voucher       Norm Bonanno         21 points

Second                 3 Balls                   Rod Doolan               21 points

Third                     2 Balls                   Ron Balderston        20 points

Fourth                  1 Ball                     Ted Heazlettt            20 points

Fifth                      1 Ball                     Trevor Leicht             19 points

Sixth                      1 Ball                     Warwick Bennet      19 points

Seventh               1 Ball                     Jim Humphreys         19 points

Eighth                   1 Ball                     Stuart Johns              19 points

Ninth                    1 Ball                     Neville Cross              18 points

Tenth                    1 Ball                     David Gilroy               18 points

Eleventh              1 Ball                      John Frame                18 points

Twelfth                1 Ball                      Peter Kay                    17 points

Thirteenth          1 Ball                       Ian Trickett                 17 points

Nearest the pin on the ninth      1 Ball    Col McInnes

Overheard on the 2nd: “Where did you learn to swing like that. My father taught me…..Oh, was he a ditch-digger too!”!”

Don’t forget hams day on Monday 10th December 2018. I’ll leave a list of the number of games for each player in the Pro Shop next week; the qualifying number is 22.

Please make sure you turn up if you put your name down, otherwise we get charged anyway, and I’ll have to send you the bill!

Until next week.

Good golfing,



A Par from Pete

It’s been a little while since  our last “Par”, so I thought I would pick one of our more interesting characters for a player profile.

Bing Chen Ren Ching, known to his friends as “Bing”, agreed to tell me his story, and boy, what a story it is!

To recount the full story would take many pages, so I have condensed it dramatically to give you some idea of Bing’s life. If you want more details, get hold of his book, “Touch a Chinaman For Luck”; it makes for riveting reading.

A lot of my information (including the photograph) comes from the book.


Bing was born on the 21st May 1936 in Seremban, the capital of the State of Negri Sembilan in the then British Protectorate of Malaya, but lived most of his early life in Singapore.

He was a constant embarrassment to his father, a successful businessman and a most congenial person, but no-one in the household was allowed to talk about him, or mention his existence because of his father’s many wives, and  the complicated family politics he simply wasn’t accepted.

However, he was not so easily dismissed, having won a place at the Raffles Institution, which was, and still is, the premier government secondary school in Singapore.

He also became the most badged, and youngest, Queen’s Scout chosen by the Singapore Boy Scout Association to represent Singapore at the Pan Pacific Jamboree in Sydney in 1952.

Bing wanted to join the Malayan Army, but his mother cried and cried until he decided against the idea, and his father  agreed to send him to Melbourne for his tertiary education.

He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University, and the reply to the telegram to his father on graduation was not one of congratulations, but rather relief at being relieved of the financial burden!

Despite being born in Malaya, Bing was disqualified from obtaining a passport on the basis that he had not lived continuously in Malaya for five years or more.

Thus he became a “British protected person of undetermined nationality”.

In 1955 on a 12 month working visa, Bing joined the Australian Commonwealth Serum Laboratories working for Dr Bazely who was the co-discoverer of the polio vaccine with Dr John Salk.

Towards the end of his 12 month stint, Bing advised  that he would have to go home, and he was promptly told  that now that you’re in, you’re not getting out, so “shut up, go back to your lab and do your work!”

Somehow from that discussion, Bing became an Australian citizen.

Bing worked at C.S.L. for  nine years (of his 3 year contract), after which he pursued his own business interests until he was appointed the Australian Trade Commissioner for Australia/China trade.

At one stage during his own business exploits, Bing was the largest importer of natural rubber to Australia.

He retired to Tamworth in 1982 where he bought a 1250 acre farm at Mulla Creek so he would have somewhere for his kids to run around, and he could grow some daffodils.

He now enjoys breeding cattle, but has taken on a few consultancy assignments  from Australians wanting to invest in or trade with China.

Bing plays golf on a regular basis, and is the only player who can swear continuously for 5 minutes in a foreign language without repeating himself!

Bing is a delightful character and a great playing partner. He enjoys the country life, and to quote the last sentence in his book, “If only it would rain more often, life would be perfect”.


Thanks again Bing. If there are any further improvements we’ll sort them out on Monday.

See you then.