RSL Golf

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT -

RSL golfers to­day paused af­ter the game to re­mem­ber an­other sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment in Aus­tralia’s mil­i­tary his­tory that has of­ten been de­scribed as “The For­got­ten War — that is the Korean War which ran from June 1950 un­til July 1953.

Aus­tralia’s com­mit­ment to the US-led United Na­tions Force was the 3rd Bat­tal­ion, Royal Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment.

The Chi­nese Army, hav­ing en­tered the war af­ter the Al­lies en­tered North Korea, were prepar­ing a ma­jor of­fen­sive against the UN Forces who were de­fend­ing the South Korean cap­i­tal of Seoul.

Next morn­ing, April 23, the Bri­tish Com­mon­wealth

Brigade, which in­cluded the 3rd Bat­tal­ion, Cana­dian troops and NZ Ar­tillery were or­dered into the val­ley of the Kapy­ong River ap­prox 60km north east of Seoul.

The Aus­tralians were tasked with de­fend­ing Hill 504 and af­ter a night and day of fierce fight­ing, re­pelling wave af­ter wave of the Chi­nese troops in the dark­ness, and hold­ing rel­a­tively open po­si­tions in the day­light un­der heavy en­emy fire, they stalled the ad­vance of the Chi­nese 60th Di­vi­sion, un­til even­tu­ally with­draw­ing un­der cover of dark­ness.

The Aus­tralians lost 32 men killed in ac­tion and a fur­ther 59 were wounded. Three men were un­lucky to be taken prisoner.

For this ac­tion, the 3rd Bat­tal­ion was awarded the first ever US Pres­i­den­tial Ci­ta­tion for brav­ery.

Play­ing un­der much bet­ter con­di­tions for the April

Monthly Medal, the RSL golfers were still strug­gling to come to terms with the re­cently cored greens and the windy con­di­tions.

The cof­fers of the three putt tin (50c a three putt) swelled con­sid­er­ably.

How­ever, it was Charles Seeto who man­aged the con­di­tions best to come away with a win. His round of 69, rel­e­gated three play­ers on 71 to a count back for run­ner up.

Eric McLel­lan even­tu­ally took the place from Aaron Sim­mers and Gra­ham Tonkin.

Kev Eck­er­s­ley, vis­it­ing from Bris­bane won the third pin shot, with Max Hunter and Gra­ham Tonkin tak­ing out the re­main­ing two.

Once again, Max hunter was awarded with the NAGA award. It has been ru­moured that Max is putting in a prac­tice bunker in his back­yard.

The ladies han­dled the windy con­di­tions a bit bet­ter, with Neta Thouard and Linda Kelly fight­ing it out, each record­ing a 71. Neta won on the count back.

Run-down went to Lynette Lud­low and Linda won the putts. It was a Kelly/Lud­low show on the pin shots as well with both ladies shar­ing them.

Next week is a sin­gle stable­ford for both groups. Vis­i­tors are wel­come.

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