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.
Rob Black shows his putting prowess to John Frame, Frank Henry and Stuart Johns
“Bing”Chen, Robin Barlow, Rod Doolan, Gary Bryant and John Ryan preparing to tame the course.
SENIOR SOCIAL GOLFERS RESULTS
15th July 2019
We had a small field of 30 players braving quite chilly conditions on the back nine, with the ball count going 9 down places. It would have been 8, but no-one got nearest-the-pin, so we gave 9th place a ball.
First 21 points, Norm Bonanno , $25 voucher, Second 20 points, Eric Callcut, 3 balls, Third 20 points, Ron Chorlton, 2 balls ,
Fourth 19 points, Trevor West, 1 ball, , Fifth 19 points, Noel Dunford 1 ball, Sixth 18 points, John Clare, 1 ball , Seventh 18 points, Peter Coombes, 1 ball , Eighth, 17 points, Grant Smith 1 ball, Ninth 17 points, Ron Jones 1 ball.
Overheard on the 16th; “What is the best part of the course to be on. – On the top!”
Back next week.
Rod was born in 1942 in Eastonholme Nursing Home on the corner of Fitzroy and Upper Streets Tamworth, which just happens to be directly opposite where he and Pat are currently living. (Rod didn’t move far in 76 years although Pat made up for it!)
And Rod has outlasted the nursing home which is now gone.
He was educated at Attunga Primary School, and Tamworth High, where he gained his Intermediate Certificate.
He worked on his father’s property at Attunga performing a wide variety of tasks from hay carting to sheep shearing, until joining the NSW Police Force in 1967. Rod played rugby league for North Tamworth, and Rugby Union with the North Tamworth Magpies.
In 1968 Rod married a trained nurse, Patricia Gordon from Scotland, and they have two children, a boy and a girl, both now living and working in Tamworth.
On joining the Police Force Rod was initially stationed at Redfern, and, in his words, “thankfully for only two weeks”. He transferred to Mascot where he trained as a Police Motor Cyclist after which he was stationed at Kogarah and Gladesville as a Clearway Cyclist. He then went back to general duties policing and was stationed at Petersham which was a very busy station. (I lived in Petersham around that time, and I’m sure it was Rod who continually unfairly harassed me!). Whilst at Petersham he became involved in two murders, one of which was the result of a knife fight with the offender being arrested by Rod and another constable after some very crafty Police work.
Rod transferred to Lismore in 1973 and his most memorable incident after attending his first fatal road accident was the 1974 flood, which was the worst on record. During that flood Rod assisted in many rescues across the flooded river with little more than a volunteer’s boat and a Police radio.
Rod’s most interesting and involved posting was to Binalong, (a one-man station) in 1976. He attended many fatal accidents, and it got to the stage where he dreaded the phone call in the middle of the night. While at Binalong, he trained as a rescue officer, and assisted in the creation of the Binalong Rescue Squad. He also carried out water policing on Burrinjuck Dam, and on one occasion whilst ferrying a load of Senior Police Officers’ wives up the Yass River gorge ran the launch into a submerged boulder and was stuck. Fortunately, they escaped with a tear in the hull, no injuries, damaged pride, and I’ll bet a severe dressing down!
One day at Binalong, Rod got a call from Boorowa to assist with a domestic dispute on a large property. The word was the offender had a rifle and was behaving irrationally. When Rod and his mate arrived, the offender was chasing his wife in the car, and the quick-thinking wife stood in front of a tree and then jumped out of the way at the last minute. The husband then decided to chase the two officers in his damaged car until it died, and they were able to arrest him. The drama didn’t end there, as the wife explained that the kids’ Christmas presents were stashed in the ceiling of their house and she needed someone to get them down. As the senior officer was taller than Rod, he quickly delegated the task to him!
After Binalong, Rod spent time at Barraba and Manilla, (where he continued to unfairly harass me). He played golf at Binalong, Barraba, Bingara, Manilla and Tamworth, and he assisted in forming a number of local Rescue Squads. He was Captain of the Binalong squad for a period of time.
Rod was the District Community Relations Officer in Tamworth from 1987 to 1996 before transferring to Officer-in-Charge of Manilla Station. He retired in 1999.
I remember a story from Manilla where Rod was attending a meeting in Tamworth and he received a call to return post haste as his wife was being harassed by a drug-affected villain. On arrival in Manilla he located the villain and put him in the Police car, and he was asked, “How fast will this heap of junk go, Rod?”, to which he replied, “If you’d have been in with me when I was coming to get you, you would’ve found out!”
Rod was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1996, and he attributes this to a time in Binalong when he attended a road accident involving a truck-load of chemicals and he spent 8 hours inhaling pesticide and herbicide fumes.
Rod continues to play golf on a regular basis, and he is well-respected and liked by all those who associate with him. He and Pat are good friends of ours, and they have both assisted with the results from the Senior’s tournament when I am absent. He is also a wealth of knowledge on road rules etc. when they pop up in our after-golf coffee discussions.