Stuart Spinks, who served on the Board of Directors at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort for nine years from 2002 to 2011, including eight of those years as president, was awarded life membership at the club’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 26.
“Under Stuart’s leadership the club was recognised as one of the most successful clubs in the region providing excellence in facilities and service,” former club CEO Rob Dick said.
Rob moved the motion for Stuart’s life membership, which was seconded by former director Brian Panther and carried, with rousing applause from the 157 attendees at the AGM.
“Annual profit averaged $530,000 over Stuart’s eight years as president,” Rob said. “Major developments included: construction of Wattle accommodation units, construction of Boronia Villas, construction of a multi-purpose facility leased to Focus, construction of Greenside Terrace and increased high security irrigation water holding from 114 to 684 megalitres.”
The main reason for Rob’s nomination relate to events in 2003 which caused considerable animosity and division amongst members. “This split in the membership threatened to destroy the social fabric of the club with potential for significant adverse financial implications,” he said.
“Following the resignation of the then president three months into his term, board members recognised leadership qualities in Stuart who very reluctantly took on the role.
“Through his actions and representations to members Stuart virtually single handedly healed the rifts and returned member harmony within our club.
“There are critical moments in clubs’ histories which determine their long term success or failure. At a crossroads for our club Stuart stepped up and performed over and above that expected of any club member.
“He then provided outstanding leadership for a further eight years.”
Rob conveyed some comments made by club life member Graeme Ferguson was on the board for a period of Stuart’s presidency and said Stuart put in some 30 to 40 hours per week. Stuart used his incredible ability to communicate with all members, sorting out grievances and restoring much needed harmony within a very short period of time according to Graeme.
“Graeme also commented: ‘It should always be remembered that Stuart became President without experience leading in as vice president. He served the club through an extended period of great financial and developmental success, also a time when our business model was the envy of clubs along the Murray River. To this day I still hear the comment: Stuart Spinks saved our club’.”
Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s newest life member expressed his appreciation to the nominator. “Thank you for your generous words Rob,” Stuart said. “It’s both humbling to be nominated and to be given this award.”
Stuart and wife Cathy, who is a life member of Glen Vale Tennis Club in Melbourne, loved Yarrawonga/Mulwala when they holidayed twice a year, which included the “very impressive” golf club.
The Spinks have daughter Jo McCarthy who is senior campus principal of Yarrawonga College P-12 and a 2018 Queen’s Batonbearer; two sons in Melbourne, Matthew a business owner and Andrew a builder.
Stuart recalled the golf club situation upon permanent arrival in Mulwala in 1998, which included no motel units, 40 cabins, no swimming pool, no tennis court, no outdoor facilities. “We’ve made steady progress over the years,” he said.
“We’ve got an outstanding club in my opinion. We’ve got to keep it the success story it’s been - there’s not a better club in Australia.”
The 73-year-old retired aircraft accident investigation officer played a major role in ensuring Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort is a success story. As outgoing president Dario Prighel told the club’s 25th Life Member: “Very well deserved.”
Off the Tee
YMGCR Ladies Golf
9 Holes Ladies
Monday, October 30: Stableford with 45 players – Executive Nine
Section 1 Winner: D.Duffy 20 pts, Runner Up: M.Moloney 19 pts
Section 2 Winner: M.Hore 20 pts, Runner Up: J.Sonneman 17 pts
Section 3 Winner: J.Latta 18 pts, Runner Up: A.Church 18 pts c/b
Wednesday, November 1: Stableford with 53 players – Executive Nine
A Grade Winner: M.Moloney 22 pts, Runner Up: M.Walker 19 pts
B Grade Winner: H.McKernan 19 pts, Runner Up: H.Jarvis 18 pts
C Grade Winner: A.Early 19 pts, Runner Up: H.Hollingsworth
D Grade Winner: S.Staig 22 pts, Runner Up: B.Myers 12 pts
18 Holes Ladies
Wednesday, November 1: Monthly Medal – Lake Course with 40 players (A & B Grades)
Winner: Aileen Buckley (14) 73 nett Medal & Pewter, Runner Up: Linda Smeaton (22) 74 nett c/b
NTP: 7th Hole – Roslyn Ryan
Murray Course with 34 players (C & D Grades)
Winner: Noelle Stone (30) 69 nett Medal & Pewter, Runner Up: Janice Bond (41) 75 nett
NTP: 2nd Hole – Glenda Moraitis
Saturday, November 4: Stableford with 54 players – Murray Course
A Grade Winner: Liz Jarrad (23) 42 pts Pewter, Runner Up: Raem Towe (17) 35 pts
B Grade Winner: Carolyn Boston (34) 38 pts Pewter, Runner Up: Mary Hockley (32) 35 pts
NTP: 10th Hole – Sharyn Wilson
Congratulations to the ladies who played in the Mansfield G.C. 2 day Spring Tournament. Julie Kirchen was runner-up in the 36 holes B Grade Scratch, Anna Castles was runner-up in the 36 holes B Grade Handicap and Judy Langford won the A Grade 36 hole nett. Well done.
Yarrawonga Golf Mens Nine Holers
Tuesday, October 31. Stableford. 73 players.
Blue – winner Bill Bindloss (18) 22pts, runner-up Ron Hocking (6) 21pts.
Red – winner Corny Boers (4) 21pts, runner-up Ken Dyer (15) 17pts.
NTPs – Red 2nd Steve McNamara, 7th Bill Rapkins. Blue – 4th Tom Hackett, 8th Ron Hocking.
Thursday, November 2. Stroke (Pot Round). 70 players.
Blue – winner Jim Old (15) 30c/b, runner-up Frank Mundy (16) 30 c/b.
Red – winner Jim Hunter (17) 35, runner-up Greg House (7) 36.
NTPs – blue 2nd Jim Old, 6th Ron Hocking. Red – 2nd Michael Hope, 7th Kevin Spencer.
Pot of Pots Winner Jim Hunter.