Vets’ big day out at Stanley

Golf. The Stanley Veterans Golf Group hosts its annual golfing tournament on Thursday, with the usual sold out number of participants getting ready for a day on one of the state’s best courses.

Des Wells, group founder, secretary and life member, says the course is known as the ‘top nine holes in Tasmania’.

Wells said the district has greenskeeper Michael Butler to thank. “He does an excellent job. He’s very dedicated.”

Wells described the day, open to golfers 55 and over, with some in their 90s, as “a big day out”.

He said while some take their golf very seriously, others just come to enjoy the day and the company.

“In 16 years we’ve not run with less than 90, and up to 104,” Wells said, adding that he would allow more, but is limited by the nine holes.

Fourteen clubs from across the state will take part, with over 70 golfers from outside of Circular Head.

Not only is the course known for its maintenance and picturesque backdrop, but also the state’s best prizes.

Wells said the tournament offers the best range of trophies for winners, with prizes valued up to $4000 from WT House Betta Home and Living.

Participants are also treated to a morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, put on by Brenda Klingberg and her merry kitchen ladies, Wells said.

Wells founded the Veterans in 1997, along with the late Alfie Beeton. The group was originally an amalgamation with Smithton.

In 1998, the pair, along with treasurer Fred Roberts, officially formed the Stanley branch. At that time, there were 12 members.

Now, with John Bott as president, Des Wells as secretary and Percy Monson as treasurer, there are 26. At its peak, the club had 32 members.

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