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Historians Forum at Kyneton Golf Club Sunday 9 October 11 am

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It is with pleasure we invite you to our final Golf Historians Forum for the year.

We have been fortunate to secure two speakers who have a strong connection to the club.

They will share their knowledge and significant research into the club’s long and rich history

Ronda Walker OAM – Kyneton Golf Club: from jam tins along the side of the Three Chain Road to a championship course

Ronda is a former English teacher and teacher librarian. With an interest in Local history, she was entrusted by the club to write the history for the Centenary in 2000
Kyneton Golf Club 1900-2000 a century history

Toby Cumming – Vern Morcom Golf Design

With a significant career in Psychology, he developed an interest in golf design from an early age. Seemingly now a passion, Toby will speak of his research and knowledge into the work of one Australia’s finest golf architects in Vern Morcom. Releasing his first book in 2020 The Golf Courses of Vern Morcom

Please join us for what is sure to be a couple of informative hours.

There will be question time and for the Show and Tell segment we welcome any interesting stories or items you may have.

There also will be an opportunity to play golf afterwards 9 or 18 holes as your time permits.

Meet 11 am for 11.45 start 

Green Fees: payable on the day $15/$30 Carts available book with the club.

Cost: Light lunch $15 Payable to the Golf Society Bendigo Bank account.   Guests are most welcome

For attendance & payment advice please reply to the Honorary Secretary on by Friday 7 October 2022

Annual Hickory Day-Sunday 28 August-Sandy Golf Links

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A good group of hickory enthusiasts enjoyed the wonderful fairways and greens of Sandy Golf Links at Cheltenham, Victoria.

The renovated and popular Public facility hosted the Annual 9-hole event. Afternoon golf in Spring weather was enjoyed, as players competed for the Frank Shepherd and Burtta Cheney trophies.

With one Stableford point separating the top three men, Mango Maguire on 18 points won the Frank Shepherd trophy with Andrew Thomson Runner up (17 points) and Tony Blakeley third (16 pts).

Due to insufficient entries the Burtta Cheney trophy was not played for.

A benefit of visiting the Sandy Golf Links, at the presentations players were able to enjoy their after-golf drinks and snacks in the Thomson Room, situated in the Australian Golf Centre. This much utilized room houses the Golf Australia /GSA Library and display cabinets.

President Graeme Ryan attended the presentations and spoke to the group.

The Golf Society thanks Sandy Golf Links for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

Honorary Secretary – Kim Hastie – August 2022

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Historians Forum report – Metropolitan Golf Club Monday 8 August 2022

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Golf Historians report – Metropolitan Golf Club – Monday 8 August 2022

Metropolitan Golf Club was host to the second Golf Historians forum for the year

This forum was originally scheduled in 2020 but encountered several Covid 19 reschedules and postponements, and so it was with pleasure and relief to both the Committee and the speakers to finally go ahead on Monday 8TH August.

The well attended forum, held in the clubs Dining Room and with its wonderful views of the course members and guests, listened to a program featuring a series of presentations reflecting on Metropolitan’s significant achievements and activities across the past decade.

The 2018 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf featured prominently, and in a nod to his success as Captain at the time of vying for World Cup Host Venue selection, Marcus Harty presented on a range of Club achievements including the construction and opening of the Clubhouse in 2013 and Golf Services Wing in 2016.

Marcus also spoke of a total irrigation system upgrade and to the numerous course and practice facility enhancements including the Grand Opening of the Brian Twite Coaching Pavilion, named in honour of Metropolitan Life Member and celebrated golf industry professional Brian Twite OAM.

Marcus touched on the challenges of strategic planning and the need for vigilant financial management, a Club’s pride in delivering on special projects and the pressures of hosting a tournament that attracts a global audience!

Second speaker on the program was Assistant Course Superintendent Andrew Anderson.

Andrew touched on the myriad of operations in the lead-up to and during the World Cup of Golf, and how the team of regular course staff and visiting staff worked in cooperation with the PGA Tour.

He us gave an insight into of the dramas of the rain-soaked days 2 and 3 and how the staff resurrected a flooded greenside bunker on Hole 12 even as play was beginning.

His talk was complimented with several images of the course and the team involved at tournament.

Former Metropolitan President and Captain Peter Lothian, Convenor of the Club’s Heritage & Historical Panel, provided an insight into the creation of unique history and memorabilia display and the Club’s archival activities. In his talk he made the reference to the importance of the clubs Foundation and significant funding it provided for the development of the much-admired history cabinet.

Peter included Moira Drew (Club Archivist) and Michael Bannenberg in this presentation as both were instrumental in the cabinet coming to life.

Michael’s creative genius is responsible for Metropolitan ‘s Australian Open Display, the main Heritage display cabinet, and the mural wall in the Brian Twite Coaching Pavilion, among other projects.

The final presenter on the program was Metropolitan member and Secretary Kim Hastie, speaking about her role as Co-Chair of the Volunteers at the World Cup of Golf in 2018, a role she shared with her sister Vicki Van der Venne also a Metropolitan member.

They had the responsibility of managing approximately 640 volunteers who came from across Australia, with approximately 200 hundred Metropolitan members volunteering across the four days.

Kim opened her talk with a brief timeline on how the club was selected for the World Cup of Golf and how they acquired the role to head up the volunteers.

She spoke about how leadership structure and team was developed and their leadup work which included multiple meetings and emails with Metropolitan club staff and PGA Tour staff.

Recalling some humorous stories, she touched on the many challenges the Volunteers with outdoor roles encountered due to the heavy rain, particularly on the Friday.

Kim provided a Power Point presentation with the many images she acquired during the tournament with some photos capturing the impact the weather had times

(The full slide show can be viewed below )

On display was a collection of items from the tournament, such as prints and flags signed by the winners Belgium and some items by all players, there was a collection of spectator and Volunteer ephemera and Cameron Smith’s caddy bib given to Kim and the club as a thank you from the PGA Tour.

Kim closed the forum thanking the presenters and the Metropolitan Golf Club for its generous hospitality ,making for an enjoyable couples of hours.

She also thanked the attendees, commenting how these forums provide a wonderful opportunity for members and guests to catch up and share history with likeminded friends and colleagues.

Kim Hastie  Honorary Secretary

Kim Hastie spoke about her role as Co-Chair of Volunteers and to compliment her presentation a Power Point slide show was put together. Open below

Presidents Trophy-Monday 18 July Royal Melbourne Golf Club

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Presidents Trophy  at Royal Melbourne GC – Monday 18 July  

This quirky but popular competition starts with a nine-hole handicap stroke round with the top

four qualifiers progressing to sudden death match play to determine the winner.

Steve Ellis won the 2022 Presidents Trophy defeating Grant Nicholson in the final.

For a full report click the link below


Stephen Ellis with President Graeme Ryan

Finalists Grant and Steve with Graeme Ryan

Morag North with Mango Maguire

Qualifiers Steve Ellis, Andy Bassett, Grant McKay & Grant Nicholson

Dinner at The Metropolitan Golf Club – Monday 27 June

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Dinner at The Metropolitan Golf Club   Monday 27  June

            Women Working in Golf 

For a full report of the dinner click the link below


L>R Tiffany Cherry with Phoebe Torrance ,Gerri O’Callaghan & Andrea Watson

Sandra McCaw AM with Secretary Kim Hastie & President Graeme Ryan

Recording of the Women Working in Golf  dinner at Metropolitan GC

The Golf Society thanks Ben Watson for producing this recording.

Handbook and Member Name Badges

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The 2022 Member Handbook is out now.

If you don’t wish to receive a Hardcopy, please advise the Secretary.

It can be emailed to you as a PDF document, or it can be viewed at end of the page Home Page.

Name Badge All members are provided with a resin magnetic Name badge.

To assist us please remember to wear it when attending one of our events.