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Revised Division 1 Draw

 Saturday, June 19, 2010

Late Withdrawal Division 1 GVDGA Winter Pennant

A participating club has informed the GVDGA Executive that it is withdrawing from the Division 1 Competition.

The GVDGA will verify this and issue a revised draw over over the weekend. Club Captains have been informed of the withdrawal and further information will be provided shortly.

Graeme Stevens
GVDGA Exec/Web Admin

Deniliquin Golf Club 2010 4BBB Winter Classic

 Thursday, June 10, 2010
Denilquin Golf club will hold their 4BBB Winter Classic over the coming long weekend in June.

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th will have Mens and Ladies 18 hole 4BBB Handicap Stableford, with prizes for the winners and runners up.

There will also be a 36 hole event held in conjunction with the Saturday and Sunday events.

Entry fee is only $20 per person per day, which includes a BBQ lunch on both days.

Entry forms are available for downloading here.

Rochester Golf turns 100

 Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rochester Golf Club Centenary

The Rochester Golf Club recently celebrated its centenary year with a long weekend of golf and activities to mark the milestone.

The club was first formed in 1910, with Mr E.E.Kelly, manager of the Bank of NSW, Rochester, as first president. He held that position for many years

93-year-old Albert (Bert) Wills recalled caddying for players in the early years, when the golf course was situated in a paddock at the rear of the current Rochester hospital.

His earliest memories of the 6 hole course being an L shape running down to the Campaspe River past “Piggy” Williams stile then into Lou Sugden’s paddock towards Mr Morton’s place. The course was extended to 9 holes then to 18 holes after the first world war.

 Bert & his mates would caddy for threepence or sometimes sixpence especially if you were lucky enough to carry for Mr Jack Hart. The kids would often sell “lost balls” back to the unsuspecting players who had lost the ball from the previous Saturday

Right: Peter Newman joined Life Members Laurie Jackel and Cec Parsons at the Rochester Golf Club Cenenary Clebrations. The combined ages of the trio exceeded 240 years yet they still enjoyed the 18 hole Ambrose on the final day of celebrations.

The club had a small membership base of only 5 or 6 as the sport was limited to business & professional men in the town.

The course was regularly mown by sheep and Paddy Egan’s 3 cows. Working bees were held in the evening where some parts of the course were mowed by hand mower. The course was dotted with lots of trees mainly grey box gums with many being cut down and used as boundary fence posts. Some can be seen today.

Golf balls were quite expensive at the time, at around 2/6d, so many opted for the cheaper “flotter” ball, which needed 2 or 3 times more club to go the same distance as the normal ball.

A clubhouse appeared at some stage, which was fondly remembered as a great social place with sponges, meringues, brandy snaps and a host of delicacies for those in attendance

Most players had a driver and 4 or 5 irons stored in a small canvas bag. Bert Wills recalls one chain smoking player using his cigarette butt as a tee as the ground was normally very hard.

On the 1st of January 1933, during Mr A.G. Fuller’s presidency, the club secured a lease on the Rochester Jockey Club property on the northern edge of town, to construct a golf course in and around the racecourse.

 Dr. J.S.Gorman was instrumental in setting up the course.

He and his wife Dr Grant were hard workers, propagating seeds by their fireplace and planting many hundreds of trees & shrubs, along the boundary fences, the northern end of the new course and along Echuca Road. Dr Gorman transformed the plain paddock into avenues of trees and a sanctuary for birds and, of course, numerous golfers. Dr Gorman was the first life member of the Rochester Golf Club.

During the 1950’s the club purchased its first 3 gang mower & tractor, vastly improving the playing surface.

 On the 1st of September 1952 the Trustees of the public tennis courts and the golf club formed an agreement to allow access for the golfers to use the tennis clubhouse on payment of 6 pounds per annum. 

The Rochester Jockey Club & the Rochester Golf Club, over many years, endured a strained relationship, brought on by many factors including the restriction of planting trees over 1 metre tall, the running rail interfering with general play and in the latter days, horse training during play days.    

The opportunity to relocate the Rochester Golf Club to its current Black Culvert Road site was a godsend. The club purchased 151 acres of land, which it leased out for the following decade with proceeds directed to a special fund for the development of a new course.

Finally the club could be its own master without restrictions placed upon it by the Jockey Club.

As well, since the Racecourse layout continually struggled to handle wet years, often causing play to be abandoned until the course drained, the opportunity to move to the sandy country to the South of Rochester was welcomed by the golf members.

So began the modern era of the Rochester Golf Club.

Course architect Dick Pendlebury visited the site in February 1983 and two months later his plans were approved.

That year saw feverish working bees to install watering systems, roll the white sand scrapes and have the course ready to open on April 14 , 1984.

Today the course boasts one of the finest 18 hole sandgreen layouts in Victoria and accordingly the club has hosted three Victorian Sandgreen Championships and produced countless champion golfers throughout the century.

Over two hundred members, past members and visitors attended the Centenary celebrations.

2010 Country Teams Championship Castlemaine GC

 Tuesday, June 08, 2010

2010 Country Teams Championship


The Association is pleased to advise that the 2010 Victorian Country Teams Championship will be played at the Castlemaine Golf Club on the weekend of October 9th-10th, 2010. 

Selection of the clubs to compete is at the complete discretion of the District, but if no method exists, a roster system is suggested. 

Full details of the event draw, specific team accommodation and player information will be directly forwarded to clubs when their entry is received.  

To ensure that the maximum entry of 32 teams participate in the Victorian Country Teams Championship, each District is invited to nominate an additional two clubs when submitting this initial District nomination.  

It should be noted that direct invitations to compete will be sent to the 2009 Defending Champions (Leongatha Golf Club) and 2009 host venue (Myrtleford Golf Club).

Should vacancies occur through Districts nominating one or no clubs, then a ballot of all additionally nominated clubs will take place to ensure vacant positions are filled.   It should be noted that a change to the previous event conditions states that all players in each respective teams must hold a current Australian Handicap in order to participate.  

Team entry acceptance must be lodged by participating clubs no later than Monday 9th August, 2010.  Complete team entry details must then be received by Monday 6th September, 2010. 

To assist the VGA in co-ordinating the event, District Associations are requested to complete and return the District Nomination Form advising the names and contact details of the two clubs which will be representing their District plus additional club nominations as soon as possible.  

Should you have any queries regarding the 2010 Victorian Country Teams Championship please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Could any club interested in competing, please contact the GVDGA Secretary Mr John Love, on 58242048 or 0458242084.

Entry Conditions

Course Rating Seminar 6th June Bendigo

 Friday, May 21, 2010

Course Rating Seminar - Bendigo 6th June

The VGA and WGV will be conducting a Course Rating Seminar in Bendigo, on Sunday the 6th June, 2010.

The seminar will run most of the day, and further details will be provided to those who indicate an interest in learning how to rate a golf course as per the USGA system.

Mr Murray Cropley will be providing information at the seminar, and it is hoped that each district will then be able to form their own rating teams. This will then allow district teams to rate courses in their own district, and have us well prepared for the introduction of the complete handicapping system.

For those who can make it, the rating team is possibly rating Bendigo Golf Club on the Monday after the seminar, and Neangar park on the Tuesday, these ratings are yet to be  confirmed.

After the seminar, it is hoped that we can put together an infomation pack for all clubs, on what the course rating team would like the course to do, to make the rating session quicker, easier and smoother. When the club has done the pre-requisites, we hopefully may be able to put together a timetable for all courses in the area to be rated.

Background Information

The course ratings be calculated over three markers for most courses, Blue, White and Red.

It is assumed that a male Scratch golfer will hit his drive 230 YARDS and have 20 YARDS of roll. A male Bogey golfer (handicap 20) will drive 180 YARDS off the tee, and have 20 YARDS of roll. A Scratch golfer will then hit his next shot 200 YARDS and have 20 YARDS of roll, a Bogey golfer will hit his second shot a maximum of 150 YARDS and 20 YARDS of roll , 170 YARDS in total. A Scratch golfer is expected to reach a 470 YARD hole in 2 shots, and a Bogey golfer reach a 370 YARD hole in 2 shots. You may ask why the YARDS are in capital letters, this is to make the point that all measurements are in YARDS for the USGA Course rating system, not metres.

At each point where a shot lands or is be made, 12 items are taken into account to determine the rating of the hole.
If you are interested in learning more, could you please contact Graeme Stevens on email, or ring 03 54824910 AH.

Numbers are filling fast and are limited, so please contact me asap if you wish to participate.

Graeme Stevens
Vice President/Web Admin.
ph 03 54824 910
mob 0413 845 375

Nicholson Family win George Cronyn Memorial Trophy

 Monday, May 17, 2010



The Goulburn Valley District Golf Association Mixed Pinehurst Championship was held at Numurkah on Sunday the 16th  May.

Twenty six pairs contested in perfect conditions.

Scratch winners were Numurkah pair Andrew Storer and Jeanette Nelson with 70 while Nick Ludington and Tracey Clouston also from Numurkah was runner up on 72.

The much sought after George Cronyn Memorial Trophy was won by the Nicholson family Tim and Lyn from Hill Top who carded 64 1/2 net. Lyn also featured in the winners circle last year partnering her husband Laurie.

Runner up was Cobram-Barooga pair Ray and Marg Wallace on net 67 1/8.

Ball winners were Jack& Liz Dell, David Cartwright / Jessica Scapin, Chris Tomlinson / Rowena Wallace, Roy Peterson / Jeannette Adams, Nick& Pauline Davies, Jamie Ward & Verity Steward.. Nearest the pins went to Pierre Klassen, Marg Wallace, Nick Luddington and Rowena Wallace.

Thanks to the support of Numurkah Golf Club for the event.

Other clubs represented were Kyabram Parkland, Kyabram Valley-View, Cobram-Barooga, Mooroopna, Axedale and Hill Top.

The next G.V event will be the Sandscrape  Championship to be held at Cosgrove in conjunction with their Annual Tournament on the 1st  August.

Peter Fraser

GVDGA 2010 Fourball Championship - Deferred

 Sunday, April 25, 2010

2010 GVDGA Fourball Championship

The Fourball Championship has been defered to a date to be decided. It was due to be held on the 18th April, but was deferred due to only 6 entries being received by Friday 16th of April.

The event will be rescheduled at the next GVDGA Executive meeting, being held on Wednesday 28th April.

Revised Pennant Draw Winter 2010 22/4/2010

 Friday, April 23, 2010
Division 5 has been altered in teams competing. Merrigum has been added in place of Nagambie in the draw.

If this effects your club, please check the new draw below in the revised article.

Joyce Broadbent Shield 2010

 Friday, April 23, 2010
Cobram Barooga have taken out the 2010 Joyce Broadbent Shield for 2010, full story on Ladies News webpage.

Numurkah Golf and Bowls Club Centenary

 Friday, April 23, 2010

Numurkah Golf and Bowls Club is turning 100.

The Numurkah Golf and Bowls Club is celebrating its centenary this year.

The centenary celebrations will be held on August 28th and 29th 2010, The celebrations will include an 18 hole stableford event and dinner on the Saturday night, and a 9 hole Ambrose event on Sunday, followed by a bbq lunch.

The club is anxious to contact anyone who has been involved wit the club or knows of anyone who may be interested in being involved in the celebrations.

Further informatioon can be obtained from the Nurkah Golf and Bowls Club, PO Box 190, Numurkah Vic, 3536.
You can anlso phone 03 5862 3445, or from Mrs Nola Dalton, email nola.dalton@bigpond.com

Nola Dalton
Numurkah Golf and Bowls Club.