Jindalee Golf Club

This club has reached the current stage of development due mainly to the hard work of the committees of the day as well as many club members.

Our club members and supporters regularly assist grounds staff whenever required, volunteering their time and participating in working bees.

Most of these members are unsung heroes but some have gone extra mile and have been nominated and then selected to become 'Life Members' for the extraordinary service they gave for the benefit of all JGC members.

Following is a short story of the significant contributions and accomplishments of those whose photographs appear on the foyer wall in our club's entrance and who truly earned the title of Life Member of the Jindalee Golf Club.

 

Allan Dobbs

Allan Dobbs

Allan joined the club in 1977 and began service to the club by assisting in working bees and course maintenance. He was nominated for committee when the Vice Captain position became vacant in 1992. Allan has served on the committee in various positions until the end of 2011. Twelve (12) years as President, four (4) years as Vice President house, two (2) years as vice president works and one and a half years as Vice Captain.

Allan and secretary Graham Holmes provided valuable service in the planning of the 2000 – 2002 extensions and renovations of the club house and pro-shop. Allan liaised with the builders during construction. In 1992 Allan called for expressions of interest in the formation of a training course for children aged 9 to 13 years. (called Peewees). After 12 years approximately 175 children had enjoyed the experience of learning to play golf.
Mike Leontjew

Mike Leontjew

Mike joined the club as a junior in 1967, he was the inaugural junior champion and continued on to assist in the work required to develop the new golf club at Jindalee. In the 1970’s Mike accepted a job transfer with the government to north Queensland for a few years remaining a member at Jindalee and returned to resume playing with the club.

Mike has held various positions on the committee including Vice-Captain and handicapper during the 1970's. In 1992 Mike was elected as Captain, a position he remained in for three years, in 1995 he was then elected as President for two years. Mike was then offered and accepted the position of Manager/Secretary in 1997, a position he has held ever since. The club has prospered and grown through the years due in part to the work ethics of Mike. Mike has assisted the treasurers of the day to ensure that the club is always in a sound financial position. Mike has worked tirelessly for the club over many, many years.
William Donovan - deceased

William Donovan - deceased

Bill joined the club in the early 1990's and soon became one of the volunteers that all clubs wish to have. He served on committee as vice president works at various times. Bill worked with the ground staff to repair bridges and paths, machinery etc. With help from the ground staff Bill built a concrete bridge that crosses the creek on the third hole. Bill is a man of many talents and adept in many trades.

He has been very generous with his time and has forever looked for jobs and tasks that would benefit our club.
Ross Greene

Ross Greene

Ross has served on committee in various positions. Captain, 1990, 1999 to 2000 and 2002 to 2006 and President 1991 to 1994. He filled the position of Vice President house for one year. A builder by trade, Ross has provided valuable service in completing a host of jobs throughout his years at the club. Ross also worked tirelessly in the restoration of the club house after the 2011 flood.

Ross had been very active in the pennants arena, captaining the club teams which were successful in winning various BDGA pennants. Ross was also a supporter and supervisor of the formation of the "Peewee" competition in 1990. The club's trivia nights are organised and compered by Ross and have been a welcome addition to the activities at the club.
Graham Holmes

Graham Holmes

Graham would possibly be the most efficient secretary to serve our club. His meticulous attention to detail and thorough knowledge of our constitution meant that all business discussed at the meetings of the committee was dealt with quickly and correctly. Graham was Assistant Secretary from 1998 to 1999 and progressed to Secretary from 2000 to 2011.

Graham provided valuable input and time to assist President Allan Dobbs in the planning and liaison with builders in the extensions to the club house and pro-shop in 2000 to 2002. Quiet and unassuming Graham always put his hand up to join working bees organised to improve the course.
Les Shannon

Les Shannon

Les has been a member since 1971. He was elected to serve on the committee as Assistant Secretary early in his membership. He was appointed handicapper, a position he held for many years.

He proved to be judicious, ensuring that no one escaped under his radar. Some club members coined the nicknames "grim reaper" and "slasher".
Ron Dayman – deceased

Ron Dayman – deceased

Bob was a regular morning player who was rewarded with life membership for his devotion and dedication to improve the layout and structure of each fairay by planting and nurturing approximately 850 trees. He also made sure that each of his trees were watered regularly by transporting water in a tank in the back of his station wagon.

Each of our fairways are clearly defined and picturesque due mainly to Bob's efforts. He also was a member of all working bees organised by committee at various times through the years. For 12 years Bob assisted in the coaching and supervision of the "Peewees" competitions which were conducted on Monday afternoons after school in the years 1990 to 2001.
Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham

Peter joined the club as a foundation member in May 1967. He was a very private person who was a willing and eager volunteer when called to join working bees in our formative years. Peter was elected President in 1977 and held this position until 1982.

Without question he made himself available to attend to club business – all of the time looking for ways to improve the club's operation. He worked tirelessly after the 1974 floods leading volunteers in their efforts to repair the damage caused to the course and clubhouse.
A.J. Tromans - deceased

A.J. Tromans - deceased

Joe was and integral foundation member who provided valuable service to early committees. He spent most of his free time at the club taking on the various tasks proved beneficial to the fledgling club. These involved cleaning the clubhouse, looking after the social clubs by taking bookings, collecting fees and making them feel welcome at the club.

Interestingly he also added to the financial position of the club by donating funds he earned through retrieving, cleaning, painting and selling golf balls to members and visitors.
Dallas Mackay - deceased

Dallas Mackay - deceased

Dallas joined our club in June 1970 and soon proved to be a capable golfer with a good knowledge of the rules. As result he was elected to the committee role of captain in 1975 and held this role until 1980. Dallas always supported the activities that were deemed necessary to improve the course and its surrounds – support he continued until his untimely passing.

A special competition day was set aside as the 'Dallas Memorial Day' with trophies being donated by his family for some time. The present day competition continues to be celebrated and trophies are donated by the present Life Members. His memorial garden lies beside the 6th green.
Ron Quirk

Ron Quirk

Ron could be considered a foundation member after joining the club 4 months after our opening. Originally from Melbourne, Ron came to Jindalee as a fine player with a handicap of 1 and plenty of experiences from the Victorian courses. He soon proved his ability on the course by winning 11 A-Grade Club Championships.

He was elected Captain in 1971 and held the position to 1974 and was elected again in 1995. Ron has continued to play his golf at our course and is still a handy 4 Ball partner.
Flav Weller

Flav Weller

Flav was the foundation secretary of the club and had this position from 1967 to 1971. He accepted the position of president in 1974. Flav also held the position on vice-president of works in the 1980's. Flav also contributed his time to assist in working bees and general course improvements.

He has continued to maintain his interest in the progress and improvements made over the past years. After the 1974 flood, Flav worked hard with other club members to repair the damage caused to the clubhouse and course.