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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

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

https://golfsocietyaust.com/wp-content/uploads/Presidents-Trophy-2022-Event-Report.pdf

 

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

https://golfsocietyaust.com/wp-content/uploads/Dinner-Monday-27-June-2022-Metropolitan-GC.pdf

 

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.

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

March dinner report – Metropolitan Golf Club 23 March

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A well-attended first dinner for the year, saw members and guests enjoy some Metropolitan Golf Club hospitality.

The committee was incredibly pleased when James Sutherland CEO of Golf Australia accepted the invitation to speak at the dinner.

James quickly had his audience engaged, sharing some facts and figures about female participation numbers and the recent general playing increases that clubs have seen since golf came back after covid lockdowns.

His insight into where Australian golf sits compared to other large sports and the ongoing challenges the game faces gave us all something to think about.

After his talk James took questions from the floor.

President Graeme Ryan and committee thank James for generously giving us his time.

Read more as Committee member John Trevorrow recaps James Sutherlands talk.

Speaker – James Sutherland CEO Golf Australia

A sport for all

“Where have all the female golfers gone?” That was one of the challenging questions posed recently by James Sutherland, the new CEO of Golf Australia.

Mr Sutherland, in a speech to a Golf Society of Australia dinner at The Metropolitan GC, identified two crucial challenges facing all golfers and clubs: how to inspire more women and the next generation of young people, to discover and enjoy the game.

He said 20% of all golf club members across Australia today are female. In 1970, this figure was 34% and the zenith for women club membership was 1993 when 114,000 women across Australia were paid-up members. By 2019, this figure had fallen to 77,000 – a drop of more than 33%

“It is part of our ‘social licence’ as custodians of this great game to do better,” he said.

Mr Sutherland, who spent 17 successful years as CEO of Cricket Australia, was reflecting in late March on his five key observations after six months in charge of Golf Australia. As well as the challenge of falling female participation, he identified:

Golf is thriving. But is this real and sustained, or a fool’s paradise?
Club competition rounds played are up 20% and membership is up by 42,000 golfers after the Covid-affected year just past.
“We have to wait and see if these newcomers are here to stay beyond Covid,” he said.

Golf is a fragmented sport, but what is its potential?
Mr Sutherland believes exciting times are ahead with a national alignment and strategy. Golf Australia plans to run a survey of key people involved in the game. And the imminent move into the new Australian Golf Centre under construction at Sandringham, which will house Golf Australia, the PGA of Australia, and Golf Victoria, offers better collaborations.
The centre, funded by a $15.3million investment from the Victorian Government, includes a revamped Sandringham course plus practice and tuition facilities, and is due to open by late July.

We golfers are getting older
The average age of female club members in Australia is 63.9 years. The average male is 54.7 years old.
“Our number one KPI should be to attract new kids to play golf. All Golf Australia and PGA people, and all members of clubs, need to be doing more to attract and inspire the next generation of golfers.”

Tournaments are important, but are they good or bad for business?
He said that having to cancel important tournaments, including the 2020 Australian Open and 2021 Women’s Australian Open, were among the major decisions forced on Golf Australia because of the global Covid pandemic.
Mr Sutherland said such calls were met with a range of reactions.
“When you’re faced with the obvious health concerns, but also the commercial realities of putting on a tournament that might not meet some of our stakeholders’ expectations, it becomes a very delicate balancing act.
“Tournaments have traditionally been the shop window of golf to many, so it becomes imperative to think outside the box to keep golf front of mind.”
He left the audience pondering the challenges by asking: what was the biggest single television audience for golf in Australia? The answer was the first episode of “Holey Moley” – the reality TV show which features sudden-death matches on a super-sized mini-golf set whose resident pro is Greg Norman. Its first Australian episode attracted one million viewers.

“Many of these people were new eyeballs for golf. We have to ask ourselves what we all can do to make golf more appealing to younger players and to a wider participation,” he said.

Now THAT is food for thought.

John Trevorrow

Historians report Commonwealth Golf Club -Monday 3 May

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The first Forum for the year was held at The Commonwealth Golf Club which, unfortunately for them, celebrated their Centenary in 2020. In recognition of this achievement the Club released a history titled ‘The First 100 Years’. The author, Charles Happell, was our guest speaker and provided thirty members and guests with an engrossing presentation of what he describes as the ‘colourful and vibrant’ history of the Club.
Aided by an unpublished document, written by noted historian Joseph Johnson, Happell delved into the characters and circumstances that make Commonwealth a unique Club. This uniqueness is perhaps best illustrated by the rejection of the overtures of one of the great ‘Golden Age’ architects Dr. Alister MacKenzie. The succinct note from the Club to MacKenzie declining his services is one for the ages.
That Commonwealth could reject such overtures and yet still boast a golf course of undoubted quality is without question due to the efforts of one man, Charles Lane. Lane was the dominant force in the Club and in 1926 he went on a self -funded six-month study tour where he spent time in the US with Walter Travis and in the UK with Harry Colt. No doubt he returned brimming with ideas and thus it is no surprise that the Club rejected the services of MacKenzie.
This was but one of the engrossing stories in the book that Charles spoke about. Further chapters that were touched upon dealt with other important figures such as Bill Edgar, Harry Williams, Eric Routley, Sloan Morpeth, Louise Briers, Rick Wines, Jarrod Lyle, Marc Leishman and others too many to mention.
Charles’ book is a worthy addition to the annals of Australian golfing histories and Commonwealth should be justifiably proud of it. Thank you to both Charles and the Heritage Committee of The Commonwealth Golf Club, led by its Chair Ian Pearce, for making their contribution to the first forum of the year such an interesting and insightful event.
Charles gave some insight into how such a book is produced, particularly in researching and verifying a club’s history, collating the photos, member stories and the importance of proof reading. He complimented his talk with a power point slide show.
Charles willingly took questions from the floor and his responses were assisted by members Virginia Gorrell, Ian Pearce, and Stephen Spargo.
The second speaker on the program was Paul Burgess, Woodlands GC member, long time GSA member and a regular contributor to forums. Paul gave an interesting talk about a misplaced trophy and how it found its way back to Woodlands Golf Club.
The following extracts are from Paul’s talk …
A couple of years ago a stranger arrived at the club to donate a baseless trophy in the form of an elegant silver cup inscribed Woodlands Golf Club City of Mordialloc
Coronation Cup Won by S.L-Anderson 12-5-1937
Presented by Cr Edwards Mayor
Exactly how he acquired it is unknown and regrettably his name and details were not recorded at the time.
It was decided to have a new base fitted and a local trophy maker was given the order to fit a new one so it could be displayed at the club.
Somehow the order was overlooked and forgotten about until recently when the cup was again returned to the club, but still without a base or stand.
The trophy has now been remounted courtesy of Mike Smith, a member with wood making skills who crafted a new base.
The earliest mention of the Coronation found to date in Victorian golfing circles was when Royal Melbourne Golf Club applied on the 8th of October 1936, to the Victorian Golf Association for two Coronation Medals.
Then in February 1937 the VGA asked its affiliated clubs to celebrate the coronation of King George VI suggesting they conduct special events on 8th May which was the Saturday preceding the Coronation scheduled for Wednesday, 12th May in London, England
It is worth noting no mention of medals has been found in newspaper golfing results reports.
Apparently not all clubs agreed to go along with the V.G.A. suggestion, though from the results in a Melbourne newspaper “The Herald” many metropolitan and country clubs did hold special Coronation Day competitions.
Commonwealth Golf Club responded positively to the V.G.A. declaring Coronation Day would be there opening day for the season and hosted a mid-week Open Scratch Event on Wednesday 12 May 1937.
Woodlands Golf Club responded even more patriotically by conducting a bogey handicap event for members with the prize being the “Coronation Cup”. It was the only trophy so named like that and records show Mr S. L. Anderson, off a handicap of 2, won it with a score of 3 up.
Mr Anderson joined the club as a junior two years previously and was obviously a handy golfer as in the same year was club champion.
Paul brought the trophy along for us to see and in a nice gesture , to acknowledge the reference made to Commonwealth GC and their Coronation event, he presented Ian Pearce with a framed account of the early beginnings of the Coronation Cup.

Historians Convenor – Tony Rule
Honorary Secretary – Kim Hastie

Presidents Trophy 30 November 2020 Yarra Yarra GC

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President’s Trophy
Yarra Yarra Golf Club

567 Warrigal Road, Bentleigh East
Monday 30 November 2020

This popular competition will be a nine-hole handicap stroke round.
Meet at 10 am for a multi tee start to commence at 10.30am – Holes to be played will
be notified prior or on the day.
Following a light lunch, the top four Nett scores will qualify for a ‘sudden death’
match play play-off.
The following conditions will apply:

  • Players will be limited to seven clubs and play from their daily handicap.
  • The four best Nett scores will qualify for match play. If necessary, a count
    back will apply.
  • In the ‘sudden death’ play-off, strokes will be taken according to the universal
    match play index.

Cost $40.00 All drinks at players expense.

Name of Member……………………….Golf Link……………………………
Payment can be made direct to Golf Society of Australia
For Direct Debit bank details please contact the Secretary
If paid direct, please advise entry and payment by email to
golfsocietyaust@gmail.com
Otherwise, please return this form before Thursday 26 November 2020 to the
Honorary Secretary
223 Wattletree Road Malvern Vic. 3144