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Christmas Message from the President GVDGA

 Friday, December 11, 2009



Here we are just a few days from the most important day of the year.
Let me reflect on what has happened during the year. Firstly the introduction of the Website has been a fantastic hit featuring all our major events, pennant results, news items and coming events. Pages have been set up for a woman’s section along with juniors and veteran’s golf. We have been getting hits from all over Australia and overseas as well. We also had 1000 website cards printed and are currently distributing them as we move around the Clubs. We will also be looking at running a training session for those who are interested in updating the web from your own club with information. We will keep you posted on that.

An introduction of a Junior Golf Academy at Shepparton/ Mooroopna has also been well received. The Academy has accommodated approximately 20 players grouped into two sections. Our executive will be looking to streamline the structure in 2010.

Hopefully we should be able to have 2010 syllabus on the Web shortly so keep looking.

The Pennant series winter and summer which is underway now is keenly contested with the results online.

The greatest thrill in 2009 was the winning of the shield at Country Week. A great achievement! The shield was presented to the Annual Meeting of the Association by Kevin Jacques V.G.A Councillor. Kevin also outlined during the evening the proposed course rating and handicapping system that will commence in February 2010.

I had much pleasure in presenting retiring Captain Mike Keen with a Life Membership. Mike’s induction was supported by Tocumwal’s Graeme Sharp. Mike has been at the helm for the past ten years and on the executive for thirteen representing in his time at Hill Top and now Tocumwal. Also retiring was Cobram- Barooga’s Wayne Gould who has supported the executive as Vice President and on the committee over many years. I sincerely hope that both members find time to be involved in Goulburn Valley Golf at some stage. We will be looking for their support especially at Country Week.

We congratulate Terry Vogel and Ashley Umbers on their selection at State Level. More importantly Terry has given time to coordinate up and coming golfers in the district to compete at a higher level throughout the State.

We welcome two new members to the executive in Matt Jean (Rich River) and Jeremy Rath (Shepparton). They will be a great support for myself as President, John Love Secretary, Graeme Stevens Vice President, Geoff Devine Captain, Tennyson Blake Junior Coordinator and Steve Flory.

One could go on mentioning many other events and happenings etc however on behalf of the executive we wish all Golfers and their Families good health for the festive season and hope you see in a safe new year.


Peter Fraser  (President )

Goulburn Valley District Golf Association

Rich River Crowned 2009 GVLGA Pennant Champions

 Monday, November 30, 2009
Rich River have taken out the 2009 GVLGA Pennant Competition, with a win over Numurkah, their first win ever in the competition.

Full story is on the  Ladies webpage.

GV Vets November Report

 Monday, November 30, 2009



  GV Veterans Golf Report:


Recent rain made conditions at  HillTop Country Club very welcoming for 89 Veteran Golfer's to enjoy their last Monthly Event for 2009.  

Mooroopna Golfer Peter Leahy took out A Grade with 36 points from Richard Bolton of Deniliquin on 35 points.

B Grade Winner was Alby Seenan (Nagambie)37 points with Runner Up Les Hall (Valley View)on 35 points.

Walter Lee (Shepparton)had 34 points to take out C Grade on a Count Back from Phil Cooper (Valley View)also on 34 points.

 Nearest the Pins were won by Ian Clark;Les Hall and Keith Raverty. 

Golf Ball Winners; Wayne Hornibrook,Jack Hepworth,John Fuller,Alan Williams,Terry Goninon,Jim Rae,Terry White,Jeff Baker,Syd Roughsedge,David Fullager,Bob Graham, Wally Sinclair,Graeme Frostick,Len Bardella,Ken Martin,Geoff Squires,Col Tucker, Lindsay Mack,Bob Maurer,Lindsay Simms,Bob Wildes,Bill Murphy and Paul Callahan.

 Special Award for the day went to Roman Lenandowski. Best Wishes to Jim Rae 65 today???  

2010 4 Ball Championship will be held at Warrnambool 22-23 March.

Also remember the Australian Veteran Championship will be in Port Macquarie from 8th to 12th November 2010. 

As this is the last Veteran's Event for 2009 the Goulburn Valley Veteran's Association would like to wish it's Member's and their Families a Very Happy Christmas and Safe New Year.

The First Event for 2010 will be at Parkland on 1st February 2010. 9am Assembly 

Mike Keen made Life Member of GVDGA

 Wednesday, November 25, 2009
At the Goulburn Valley District Golf Association Annual General Meeting, held at Shepparton Golf Club on the 24th November 2009, Michael Keen was inducted with Life Membership of the GVDGA. Mike has spent the last 10 years as Captain of GVDGA, and has cheered the country week squad at nearly every one of them. The last three years have seen the GVDGA team win two Country week Championships, due to the hard work put in by the various members of the team headed by Terry Vogel.

Mike has offered to have a beer with everyone, so, if he drops into your club, please say hello, have a beer, and commend Mike for his efforts towards the GVDGA over the past decade. 

Office Bearers for 2009-2010 are:

President:            Peter Fraser        Kyabram Parklands.

Vice President:     Graeme Stevens    Rich River Golf Club.

Captain:               Geoff Devine        Shepparton Golf Club.

Secretary:            John Love            HillTop Golf Club.

Executive:            Tennyson Blake    Shepparton Golf Club (Junior Liaison Officer)

                           Steve Flory        Rushworth Golf Club.

                            Vacancy:        2 x Executive Positions.

The GVDGA would like to have a full committee, if you would like to nominate, please contact Peter Fraser.

Kevin Jaques from the VGA gave a talk on the new course rating system being implemented by Golf Australia, and answered a lot of questions that were concerning clubs in the district. Thanks went to Kevin and the VGA for giving us the time to come to the AGM and present this insight into the future of golf.

As the financial position is healthy, no increase was sought in affiliation fees for 2010. 

2009-10 Summer 4BBB Pennant Draw

 Monday, November 23, 2009
A revised draw has been issued for the 2009-10 Summer 4BBB Pennant Competition.

It can be viewed by clicking here.

Team Sheets are also available for downloading.

There are two Sections again this year, with hit offs beginning at 8.00am.

Good hitting to all.

GV Vets report for November

 Wednesday, November 11, 2009

GV Veterans Golf Report:


Warm but enjoyable conditions were the order of the day for 71 Veteran Golfers at Nagambie Golf Club on Monday 9th November.

Local player Doug Pocknee had 42 points to win A Grade from Peter Eade (Shepparton)

with 39 points.

Harold Rayner also from Nagambie had 42 points to win B Grade on a count back from Kialla player Don Williams on 42 points.


Wally Dunn (Strathbogie)took out  C Grade on a count back with 37 points from Keith Raverty of Shepparton



Nearest the Pins for the day; Kevin Stone;Barry Spencer and Rex Howell.


Golf Ball Winners;Jack Hepworth,Geoff Stephens,Graeme North,Bill Black,Kevin Stone,

Kevin Mulvaney,Ken Harris,Allan Newby,Wayne Hornbrook,Frank Hill,Bill Holyman,

Alby Seenan,John Anderson,Max Ryder,Max Dawber,Barry Spencer,John Hill,Frank

Treacy,Geoff Higgins,Walter Lee,Lindsay Simms and Peter Harvey.


Tom Downie is back in Hospital. Best Wishes Tom from all Veteran Members.


Assembly is required at 9:00AM SHARP for the Christmas Break-up at Hill-Top

Country Club on Monday 30th November.


If there are any New Members interested in joining the Veteran's please contact

Max Dawber (Secretary)on 58213304 for more information.

Locals go Tiger Hunting!!!

 Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Goulburn Valley has three local boys taking on Tiger Woods this week at Kingston Heath.

They are 
Rodney Booth, Leighton Lyle, Kai Mckay who have have been invited to Kingston Heath to play in the field of the Masters.

You can follow their progress  www.australianmasters.com.au

Wit hcrowds of 5000+ watching the practice day yesterday, the locals are in for a treat. Tickets have been sold out for some time, so the television and cable tv will be a good way to catch the action.

Summer 4BBB Pennant for 2009-2010

 Monday, November 02, 2009
Hello All,

The first round of the Summer 4BBB Pennant Competition starts on Nov 29th, only 3 weeks away.

Get your teams together and check the draw.

If your club has any problems with the draw, contact Mike Keen asap