Background to the EBs

The Elderly Blokes (EB’s) is a group within the Gosnells Golf Club (GCC) catering for men who are retired from full time work and are generally over 60 years of age. Members must be paid up members of an approved GCC membership category.

In addition an annual EB membership fee of $10 is payable at the beginning of each golf year.

The overriding consideration for the EB’s is to foster an atmosphere of friendship and intimacy amongst members so that, whilst golf is predominately the common activity, an interest in and concern for the common well being of members is also an integral part. Therefore we have a reasonable expectation that members will endeavour to attend each week (excluding holidays, sickness, etc.).

During the year social activities will be combined with golf to foster friendship and concern for each other. A monthly dinner is usually held on the last Friday of each month at the GCC, to which wives and friends are most welcome.

Over the years the EB’s have grown in members and the number of competitions has increased. A welcome booklet is provided to all new members which details the playing rules and competition formats that are specific to the EB’s.

The following is a brief outline of the history plus a profile of Keith English who was instrumental in the formation of the EB’s. It was Keith who first conceived of the concept of the EB’s. That is a group of retirees who meet and play together.

In 1978 Keith called a meeting of interested persons and from that initial group the EB’s were ‘born’. The idea was to bring together retired, casual playing members, to play nine holes of Stableford golf each week for cans of beer. The intended outcomes were:

  • To build a tradition of club spirit
  • To foster enjoyment of the game
  • To have concern for fellow members

Initially the leader was designated the ‘President’ but this was amended in 1996 to Captain. The initial President was John Haig who was responsible for formulating the types of competition and order of play. These have not greatly changed and still reflect the formats we follow today.

The first day of competition for the EB’s was 28th November 1978 starting at 9.00 am.

Since that first meeting the list of President/Captains is:

  • 1978 – 1986 John Haig (President)
  • 1986 – 1988 Jock Livingstone (President)
  • 1988 – 1995 Mal Macrae (President)
  • 1995 – 1996 Ron Wilkes (President)
  • 1996 – Present Lloyd Davies (Captain)

A weekly 9 hole competition is played, usually on Tuesday mornings starting at 7.30 am with a small playing fee. The time or day may be varied during the year to avoid conflict with other GCC competitions or due to adverse weather conditions.

After the Tuesday game we meet where fellowship prevails and results are announced.

There are four formal lunches during the year : Opening Day (men only), Keith English Memorial Presentation, Melbourne Cup and our much anticipated Christmas Lunch.

Most years a ‘golfing’ holiday is arranged, usually to a nearby Asian destination or south of the state, for members, their wives and friends.

For further information please contact us on Tuesday mornings. You will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.