Laurence Halley, better known as ‘Mick’, started his golfing journey at the Devonport Club about sixty years ago not long after the course moved to Spreyton from East Devonport and members used the old house on the Woodrising property as their clubhouse. He became fully involved in all club activities, being a very keen 2nd division pennant player and always said that the fifth hole at Devonport was his favourite, probably because he scored a hole in one there in 1967. Mick became Club Captain in 1979 about a year after his brother Bill was the Club President.
Mick and wife Pat used a family holiday shack at Hawley to ‘escape’ from their busy life at the Sunrise Motel in Devonport where Mick assisted in growing this business from a ten-unit facility to twenty-two units. Mick and Pat joined what was then the Shearwater Golf Club and in 1984 when the motel was sold, moved permanently to Shearwater where they had built a home adjacent to the second hole.
Mick and Pat became members of the newly formed Port Sorell Golf Club in 1980. He held many committee positions prior to becoming Captain in 1987/88 and President in 1991/92 with a further stint as President in 2001.
Mick had much success as a golfer winning the Club Championship in 1981 and 1983, two Mixed Foursomes Championships with Pat, and several others including Foursomes Championships and the Summer Cup. He was also a valued member of the Pennant competition and was presented with the Club Service Award in 1984/85.
Mick was instrumental in starting the Veterans competition at Port Sorell about 1990. Pat stated, “Mick went around the neighbourhood talking to retired men to recruit them as members and then organised golf clinics to get them started’. These Veterans’ competitions are now an important weekly fixture at many Tasmanian clubs and Mick’s interest was such that he later took on the role of President of firstly the NW Veterans Association and then the State Association.
To honour his huge involvement at Port Sorell, Mick was made a Life Member in 1998. He was a tireless worker both on and off the course. Apart from the positions he held, Mick did everything from organising and participating at working bees, doing jobs on the course and assisting at the greenkeepers shed. Mick also took on responsibility for keeping the club in flags and flag poles over many years as these ‘seemed to disappear overnight from the course’. The flags were made by Mick in his workshop and today this role has been taken over by his daughter-in-law. Mick also arrived home periodically with a box of flagpole cups which needed painting or mending.
The Pro Shop staff commented “Mick was a fantastic member who worked tirelessly at the club at any task needing attention. Mick was one of the better people”.
Sadly, Mick passed away in July this year and will be missed by all his golfing friends and the general golfing community.
The Halley Brothers from L to R Bill, Glen, Pat, Jack, Mick and Ted.