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
18 MARCH 2019
Thirty four players hit off on the back nine today after some most welcome rain,
making the course play a little long.
Balls went down 10 places.
First 22 points Trevor Leicht $25 voucher, Second 18 points Rob Cannon 3 balls,
Third 18 points Ian Trickett 2 balls, Fourth 17 points John Robinson 1 ball,
Fifth 17 points Bill O’Brien, sixth 17 points Allan King, Seventh 17 points Alan Holzigal 1 ball,
Eighth 17 points Col McInnes 1 ball, Ninth 16 points Peter Ullman 1 ball, Tenth Ian Bath 16 points 1 Ball
Ninth 18 points 1 ball , Tenth 18 points 1 ball,
Nearest the pin on the 9th David Easterman 4 balls .
I’m so pleased so many people read this report! I’ve had another submission from one
of our esteemed members whose name as usual is withheld to protect the guilty. For
want of a better name, we’ll call it, “Frank’s Law”
If your tee shot hits the green and goes out of sight, it shall be deemed to be a hole-in-one!
The only way these pearls of wisdom can surface is that they must eventuate from actual events!
There’s no Senior’s golf next week due to the Vet’s Week of Golf, so we’ll see you in a fortnight.
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 CHEN REN CHING
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.