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.
Monday 14th January 2019
Greetings from beautiful downtown Orange, where the temperature, like my golf score, rarely gets into double figures.
Thirty four players attacked the front nine today with balls going down to 10th place.
First $25 voucher Adrian Nichols 22 points
Second 3 Balls Grant Smith 21 points
Third 2 Balls Rob Sherwood 19 points
Fourth 1 Ball Noel Palmer 18 points
Fifth 1 Ball Col McInnes 18 points
Sixth 1 Ball Rob Baldwin 18 points
Seventh 1 Ball Peter Coombes 18 points
Eighth 1 Ball Barry Thomas 18 points
Ninth 1 Ball Tony Summers 18 points
Tenth 1 Ball John Frame 17 points
Nearest the pin on the 9th 1 Ball John Frame
Overheard on the sixth, “Come on baby light my fire!”, which loosely translated into Chinese means, “Come on baby light my fire!”
One of our more astute Senior players has given me a copy of the proposed new Senior’s Rules which will take effect from 1st January 2029,
and as of next week I will highlight some of those rules.
In the meantime, good golfing, and I’ll be back next week.
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.