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Dinner – Tuesday 4 October at Royal Melbourne Golf Club

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 Dinner at Royal Melbourne Golf Club

 Cheltenham Road, Black Rock Victoria

 Tuesday 4 October 2022    6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

 The Committee takes pleasure in inviting you to our final dinner for the year

Our Guest Speaker is

Gavin Kirkman, Chief Executive Officer  PGA of Australia

 Commenting on his appointment in 2017 Gavin said, “It is an honour and privilege to lead the PGA, an organisation with a rich history and legacy dating back to 1911.

Cost   $75 per person includes wines at the table.

Pre-dinner drinks at member’s expense.

For direct payment details please contact the Honorary Secretary

If paying direct, please quote name and email your attendance to:

moragnorth1@gmail.com by Tuesday 27th September

Or post acceptance & cheque to the Honorary Secretary

223 Wattletree Road Malvern Victoria 3144

Royal Melbourne duo take out the Don Lawrence Trophy

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Don Lawrence Trophy - Yarra Yarra Golf Club - 30 May 2022

At Yarra Yarra, 36 players entered in the always hotly contested 4BBB Don Lawrence Memorial Trophy. Some morning withdrawals due to Covid and injury saw the field reduced to 32.

The 2021 winners Morag North and Bruce Sutherland teamed up to defend, along with some mixed pairings and many regulars with guests.

With much radar watching ,a forecasted wintery wet day loomed, as players ventured out. Pleasingly despite the steady rain all day, the field pushed on and completed their rounds.

As several soggy and indecipherable cards were returned the results were finally determined with the Royal Melbourne pairing of David Thomas and Tony Rule ( a twice winner with Andrew Thomson) winning with 41 points.

In the member & guest category, Tony Killen and guest Sam Kavourakis returned a fabulous score of 46 points.

For the benefit of new members and guests, Secretary Kim share around some original letters of Don’s.

One of interest was to Muriel Lawrence from Jack Nicklaus giving us an insight into how Jack was dubbed the Golden Bear by Don Lawrence.

After golf, hot snacks and refreshments were enjoyed as President Graeme Ryan and Kim made the presentations.

Results
Don Lawrence Trophy Winners Tony Rule and David Thomas 41 pts
Runners up Garry Bos and Andy Phillips 40 pts
Best score by member and non-member guest Tony Killen and Sam Kavourakis 46 pts
Best nine out Garry Bos and Andy Phillips 22 pts c/b
Best nine in Tony Killen and Sam Kavourakis 24 pts
Longest Drive Men Daniel Pollard Women Kim Hastie
NTP Men 6th Andy Phillips 15th Jamie Holland
NTP Women 6th Karen Harding 15th N/A

Kim Hastie Honorary Secretary

Note This event started in 1996 in honour of Don Lawrence, recognising the significant contribution he made to golf journalism.

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