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VALE – David Kelso

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The Golf Society is sad to report the passing of member David Kelso on 14th December.
David held memberships at UK golf clubs Bryn Meadows and Celtic Manor from 1983 -2001 and in that time had a successful Pennant career as a Team Captain and Manager of several teams.
He was accomplished hickory player and a regular at the hickory days held at Frankston Golf Club where he was a member.

Our thoughts are with his wife Candida and family.

2021 Doug Bachli Trophy and 40th Annual General Meeting report

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Royal Melbourne GC was the host club for this year’s Annual Meeting Day.
A very warm summer afternoon saw a good field of 34 players enjoy their rounds, competing for the Doug Bachli Trophy. It was pleasing to see a good mix of regular and new members participating in the final event for the year.

The Individual Stableford event produced some good scores with Royal Melbourne member Moira Drew winning the day with 36 points on a countback from the Men’s winner Doug Francis. The Men’s Runner up was David Rew with 35points.
Secretary Kim was the Women’s Runner up on 33points.

Following golf, the 40th Annual General Meeting was held.
President Ryan reported on the society’s activities and the organising difficulties that were faced again by the committee due to ongoing pandemic issues but remains confident a full 2022 program will be enjoyed.

He reported on the opening of the Australian Golf Centre at Cheltenham and the successful move of the collection and library into the new home of golf.

Secretary Kim reported the election results with the Officers of the Association Graeme, Grace and Kim being re-elected to their respective roles.

Kim gave thanks to Tony Rule who retired after five years of service.
In his time on committee, Tony made a significant contribution, he engaged in several aspects of the Society notably Convening the Dinners and Historians forums and was a regular participant at events. Kim referenced his passion for golf history and noted he was instrumental along with Greg Bain in setting up the Society’s Facebook page.

Greg Bain our Long Game Editor was re-elected for a second term and long-time member Ian Rowell was elected to the committee. Ian brings a wealth of experience and was welcomed to the committee.

To close the meeting, Patron Anne Court gave thanks to the Committee for another year of hard-work year for the benefit of all Society members.

Following the AGM, the traditional Cocktail Party was enjoyed.

The Society thanks Royal Melbourne Golf Club and all staff for their hospitality, ensuring another successful Annual Meeting Day and finishing 2021 on a happy note.

Honorary Secretary
Kim Hastie
December 2021

Richard Fellner wins the 2021 Presidents Trophy

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On a fine day at Royal Melbourne, our popular Presidents Trophy returned to its regular venue with players enjoying the course in great winter dormant conditions.
Secretary Kim Hastie welcomed the field, acknowledging regular players, the several past winners and the new members attending.
With a condition of 7 clubs only, nine holes of stroke was played in the morning with the top 4 nett scores progressing to the matchplay in the afternoon.
With the help of the Pro Shop, the top four scores were determined and announced at lunch.
For the sudden death matchplay, play was on the East Course and results came quickly.
Top qualifier with a score of Nett 37 was Guenter Oechsle, playing fourth qualifier Geoff Knight (38 c/b) with Geoff winning on their first hole.
In the other match, second qualifier John Trevorrow (38 c/b) played third qualifier and 2017 Runner up Richard Fellner (38 c/b) and despite playing from two bunkers Richard prevailed on their first hole.
So, finalists Geoff and Richard progress to their first hole the 3rd East (due to the 2nd being out of play) Richard set himself up with a great drive while Geoff found himself short right.
Richard followed up with great iron into the green and a favourable bounce saw him sit comfortably for two and a certain Par, and Geoff could not match the shots and Richard wins his first Presidents Trophy.
After golf drinks were enjoyed as President Graeme Ryan presented the trophy to Richard
We expect to see Richard participating in many more events as he informed us after 15 years as Editor of the Inside Golf Magazine he has retired from the role.
Our congratulations to Richard for the many years heading up and producing the widely circulated publication.
The Society thanks all staff involved for a successful and enjoyable day at Royal Melbourne.

Kim Hastie Hon Secretary – July 2021

The Walter Travis Hickory Tournament

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Maldon Golf Club Sunday 18th July 2021

Walter Travis

Born in Maldon – 10 January 1862

5th Annual Hickory Players Tournament

Maldon Golf Club

Sunday July 18th 2021

10:30am Registration
11am Hit-off
$10 entry
Scratch and Handicap

Simon Sheedy

Schenectady Putter
Trophy to Scratch Winner

Australasian 12 Hole Hickory Cup 2021 report

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Australasian 12 Hole Hickory Cup 2021

The fourth consecutive year of the ‘Cup’ was played in April.
Usually comprising three rounds of 12 holes, this year’s event was modified to a single round of 18 holes.
With Covid-19 restrictions looming and travel unlikely, to keep the event alive, a decision was made to run a “ Remote Cup “ by inviting International golfers to play their rounds at their own courses on day as close as possible to the same day as the Australian players.

There were teams and individual players representing Australia from Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, and Queensland and they competed against Internationals from three US states and New Zealand.
Unfortunately, a strong entry of 13 Canadians had to withdraw due to the country’s own lockdown restrictions.

In the field of 86 players, there was increased interest from Professionals with total of 11 playing including 6 Australians.

The format was Stableford, as it was felt by using each player’s official world handicap it accommodated differences in the lengths and Par of the courses played in a manner stroke play could not.

For this year’s event, a section for Women was introduced with a team from Melbourne and Arizona USA competing and it is anticipated the numbers will grow in future events.

Around the remote locations as players got under way and results started to come in
several posts and photos appeared on Facebook pages, showing players enjoying their rounds and embracing the 2021 modified event.

The Americans performed well but it was Australia’s Professional Tim Sayers playing at Bankstown GC Sydney winning the scratch event for the fourth year in a row.
In the team events the USA were convincing winners.

Locally here in Victoria the host club was The Valley on the Mornington
Peninsula and on a superb Autumn afternoon 27 players enjoyed their 18 holes.

At the after golf function, players enjoyed a splendid dinner as results and presentations were made.

To close the day, the playing group gave thanks and a round of applause to The Valley Golf Club and its staff and particularly to acknowledge organisers, members Peter Stickley and Brenda Rogers, whose hard work ensured this innovative way to run the 2021 event was successful and contributed to the growing interest in hickory golf.

Peter Stickley


1st Tim Sayers 36pts Australia
2nd Jim von Lossow 34pts USA
3rd Corey Cruikshank 30pts Australia
4th Lee Hunt 29 Australia

Hickory Cup (Scratch)

Winner Tim Sayers 36pts Australia
Runner up Jim von Lossow 34 pts USA

Teams Events

Winners Men: 94 points
Jim von Lossow USA
Andrew von Lossow USA
Paul Murphy USA
Tom Carstens USA

Runners up Men: 90 points
Tyler Barron USA
Mark Taylor USA
Ryan Camp USA
Ron Sebold USA

Winners Women: 58 points
Rylee Stovall USA
Playa Schultz USA
Abbey Shutte USA
Raylee Bowers USA

Runners Up : 49 points
Brenda Rogers Australia
Kim Hastie Australia
Shelley Turek Australia