Yarrawonga Chronicle

So close before Bob’s passing

- BY ROBERT MUIR

“When I got to play golf with Bob I realised we had a lot in common and we played together quite a bit,” Len said.

“One day Bob came around and knocked on my door and said he was given between two and six months to live.

“I was shocked with the news – it still shocks me – and as something to say I said I’d get my handicap down to scratch in the meantime.”

When delivered the first lot of sad news about Bob, Len’s handicap was six. At Bob’s passing, that handicap was whittled down to point six (0.6)

“I was doing everything I could to get down to scratch, practising every day, all the shots. I was having some trouble putting so I put balls a metre away from the hole, all around the hole and putted 62 in in a row. I worked out in the gymnasium.

“Bob used to give me little tips. Ted Wells who I play with quite a bit has also given me tips.

“Bob was very happy when I told him my handicap of point six just before his passing. Bob was just so highly regarded and he is very much missed.”

Len’s handicap has since climbed but a fourhandic­ap has become three after last Thursday week’s brilliant round of three-under-par 69 off the stick on Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s Lake Course.

The retired quality manager with Vic Roads and subsequent retired own business operator aged in his mid-70s, who lives in Mulwala, loves his golf on YMGCR’s courses of which he thinks so highly. And the name Bob Castles is always on his mind.

Local golfer Len Quinlivian went so close to fulfilling his word before his golfing friend Bob Castles passed away with cancer in May this year.

 ??  ?? In Saturday’s men’s competitio­n at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort were, from left, Jim Conway, Robert Woodgate, Stephen Boyer and Andrew Taggart. Fifty-one players were in the men’s competitio­n which normally has a minimum of 165 players.
In Saturday’s men’s competitio­n at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort were, from left, Jim Conway, Robert Woodgate, Stephen Boyer and Andrew Taggart. Fifty-one players were in the men’s competitio­n which normally has a minimum of 165 players.
 ??  ?? Len Quinlivian at the Lake Course 9th hole which he birdied in his round-winning 69 off the stick, for his good mate Bob Castles.
Len Quinlivian at the Lake Course 9th hole which he birdied in his round-winning 69 off the stick, for his good mate Bob Castles.

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