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Vale Ian Rennick – Past President and Life Member

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Dear Golf Society Members,

It is with great sadness I wish to advise passing of Life Member and Past President Ian Rennick

A member at Kew Golf Club, serving on Committee for many years including time as the Treasurer, the Secretary and Captain. In 1986 he was made a Life member.

Ian joined the Golf Society in 1984 and his contribution spanned several years.

Serving as Treasurer for two years and President for four years from 2007-2011 and remained on Committee when his term finished.

He also convened the Golf Club Historians committee.

The Society is indebted to Ian’s dedicated work, researching, recording, and growing an interest in Australian golf history.

A deserving tribute to acknowledge his significant contribution is to follow.

A true gentleman who will be missed by many

Our thoughts are with his family

Kim Hastie President 

Details for his Memorial Service to be advised


41st Annual General Meeting – Election results

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Following the Doug Bachli Trophy, the 41st Annual General Meeting was held

A meeting with some significance as President Graeme Ryan and Honorary Secretary Kim Hastie both finished their terms, having served the maximum six years in their roles.

Following Graeme’s final President’s report outgoing Secretary Kim read the election results declaring herself as the new President, Grace Rew re-elected as Treasurer and Stella Cugley was elected and warmly welcomed as the new Honorary Secretary.

For the Committee positions Greg Bain, Morag North, and John Scheffer were re-elected and Aaron Newnham who was co-opted to Committee to fill vacancy was elected to Committee.

Kim congratulated those elected and introduced the Committee to the meeting.

Thanks, and gifts were given to Graeme and Kim for their many years of dedicated work for the Society.

Annual Meeting Day-Riversdale GC-Tuesday 15 November 2022

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2022 Doug Bachli Trophy and 41st Annual General Meeting report

Grey skies and a couple of hail showers greeted the players as they arrived for their golf at Riversdale Golf Club, the host club for this year’s Annual Meeting Day.

The Doug Bachli Trophy is a popular event to win but the threatening skies did not deter the field and they headed to the fairways of Riversdale.

The Individual Stableford competition saw some good scores returned with new member Brian Lowe winning the day with 39 points and Riversdale member Paul Podbury was runner up on 37 points.

Deb Goddard was women’s winner with 28 points and Kim Hastie runner up on 27 points.

After golf the 41st Annual General Meeting was held.

President Graeme Ryan gave is Annual Report and spoke of the society’s activities and how pleasing it was to complete a full program of events without any interruptions.

He reported on a budget submission to Golf Australia and their subsequent commitment to funding, allowing collection work to progress and see the engagement a part time curator.

Graeme reported on his objectives and commitment to continue good relationships with our International historical bodies and create strengthened communications between the Australian State heritage bodies.

Graeme spoke of The Long Game our popular newsletter, which continues to inform and entertain with interesting, well chosen, well written articles. Editorial quality and presentation have steadily improved in recent years due to the experience and expertise of its editors and contributors.

In closing he gave thanks to his committee and the many committee members he served with.

Secretary Kim read the election results, advising that Graeme Ryan and herself finish their terms as President and Honorary Secretary having both served the maximum six years.

Kim was elected President, Grace Rew was re-elected as Treasurer and Stella Cugley was warmly welcomed as the new Honorary Secretary.

On behalf of the Committee and members of the Society, Kim gave thanks to Graeme for his initiatives and dedicated work in the role and presented him with a gift.

Morag North gave thanks and presented a gift to Kim for her many years of service as Secretary.

Greg Bain, Morag North, and John Scheffer were re-elected, and Aaron Newnham elected to committee after serving a co-opted term.

Following the meeting the traditional Cocktail Party was held with fun and photos enjoyed by all.

The Society thanks Riversdale Golf Club for their generous hospitality ensuring the close of a successful 2022 season

Kim Hastie President   November 2022   

Doug Bachli Trophy winner Brian Lowe with Graeme Ryan                                                                                   

Golf Historians Forum at Kyneton Golf Club Sunday 9 October

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Our third and final Golf Historians Forum on our program of events was held at Kyneton Golf Club on Sunday 9 October

We were fortunate to secure two speakers who have a strong connection to the club both shared their significant knowledge and gave insight into the club’s long and rich history.

John Trevorrow writes this short report with the full story to be in the next issue of The Long Game.

Kyneton Golf Club, founded in 1900, was the venue for the Golf Society’s final historians’ forum for 2022 on October 9th. Almost 30 GSA members and Kyneton members and residents gathered in the clubhouse to hear two deeply researched presentations.

Ronda Walker OAM, a local resident, historian and teacher who compiled the club’s centenary history in 2000, told of Kyneton GC’s beginnings in 1900 when a handful of local enthusiasts would hang their jackets on tree branches and play 9 holes along 2-1/2 miles of the verge of Three Chain Rd, then return playing 9 holes along the same road verge. Jam tins provided the cups.

In 1908 the club moved to a 9-hole course closer to town, before moving again in 1929 to an 18-hole course built on leased farmland. In 1949 the members bought the site of their current club and set about building the course with their own hands. Local pastoralists donated equipment, farmhands, machinery and seed.  The course was built in just 12 weeks through the passion and efforts of the local community.


The present Kyneton course was designed by noted golf architect Vern Morcom in late 1949. Researcher Toby Cumming, the author of a wonderful book detailing the life and work of Vern Morcom, spoke to the forum about the achievements of this remarkable man. Morcom, head greenkeeper at Kingston Heath for four decades, devoted his spare time to designing or re-modelling 90 Australian golf courses. Most are scattered across Victoria, and others are in South Australia, Tasmania and Perth. His influence on Australian golf is profound and not often recognised.

After the presentations, many of those present headed out to play 9 or 18 holes.

For a little more about the speakers click the link below …

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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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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

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.

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.

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.