Doris turns 101

By Robert Muir

Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s number one member, Doris Head, turned 101 years on Monday and celebrated in fine style last Sunday at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort.

“It’s a magnificent milestone,” Noel Loughnan OAM said. 

“I’m sure you’re out to beat Yarrawonga’s record holder Lucy Little (Mrs Little passed away one week shy of her 107th birthday) then you go on to the world record of 117 (a Japanese lady).

“Age is important and very significant but only significant depending on the quality of the person. Doris oozes with that quality.  

“She’s lived a wonderful life, mostly centred on the golf club and her faith in the church.”

Mr Loughnan said Doris has helped so many organisations. These functions included judging debs including for Miss Australia title, Inner Wheel and Meals on Wheels. 

“We wish you many more years of happiness,” he concluded. 

Doris started playing golf in 1947, when today’s pro shop was the location of the dairy on a farm and the first tee was the entrance of ClubMulwala, with the first shot over the railway line. 

“One shot ended up in Oaklands!” quipped, club Life Member Ben Nowell who turned 88 yesterday.

On her 100th birthday, Doris unveiled the impressive time clock on the practice putting green at YMGCR.

Last Sunday the star of the show said she was delighted with the attendance of her friends, especially her family members, “who have been so marvellous to me over the years”, which if course included her daughter, organiser extraordinaire, Lesley.

 “I do love the club. It’s a beautiful club,” Doris told the 50 attendees. 

“I do enjoy coming here and seeing all the lovely people.”

Doris, who became the club’s ninth Life Member in 1992, told the Yarrawonga Chronicle she “didn’t feel much different” turning 101 years.

“I’m very interested in so much,” she said. “I love reading the papers, especially the Yarrawonga Chronicle. I just keep myself active.”

Congratulatory cards were received from the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s Governor General Peter Cosgrove, Speaker of the House of Parliament Tony Smith and Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy. 

Otsher speeches from Don Carey and Robbie Heritage referred to Doris’s “lovely smile”, her “beautiful character” and “one brandy a day”, as well as, “looking forward to seeing next year”. 

“It’s a privilege to be here,” grandson Stuart said.