Remembering their mate at Kingaroy Golf Club.
Remembering their mate at Kingaroy Golf Club. Claudia Williams

In memory of their mate

GOLF: On Saturday members of Kingaroy Golf Club gathered to play a game of golf and remember their mate, the late Michael 'Bambi' Vambeelen.

The number of people on the fairway and in the club house on Saturday is a testament to the man he was.

He was a regular at the Kingaroy Golf Club for eight years before moving to the Sunshine Coast eight months ago.

He travelled to Kingaroy to play with his mates on occasion.

A bus load from the Sunshine Coast and a number of people from his earlier football days attended the day at Kingaroy.

President of Kingaroy Golf Club, John Dalton remembers him as a great mate who has gone too soon.

"He was a good fun-loving sort of bloke and he was everyone's mate,” he said.

"His cancer got very aggressive, a lot more aggressive than we thought.

"We were originally having this day for his bucket list so he could do more but now the proceeds will help with his funeral and wake and any money left over will go to charity.”

A number of prizes were donated for the day and were auctioned off.

He was affectionately known as Bambi because when he went to school the kids couldn't say his surname Vambeelen and he has had the name Bambi since he was a little bloke at school.

Bambi was born and bred down in the Wynum Manly area where he played his junior footy down there before moving to Woodford when he was a young fella and continued to play.

As well as a golfer he was a keen footballer and Carl Price said he played across the South Burnett at lock.

"He played in the Kingaroy league all in A-grade and also for Blackbutt, Wondai and representing the South Burnett and Wide Bay,” he said.

Price said he loved his mates and got along with everyone.

"Everyone loved him whether they were younger ones or older ones and he got on really well with everyone,” he said.

"I think everyone knows that he was a real likeable sort of bloke and I think that will be shown out here today (Saturday, December 16).”