Dinner – Monday 27 February 2023 at Yarra Yarra GC

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The Committee of the Golf Society of Australia takes pleasure in inviting you to our first dinner for 2023 at Yarra Yarra Golf Club

Monday 27 February Dinner  6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

The speaker will be James Sutherland, CEO, Golf Australia.
James will provide an update on the Australian Golf Strategy since its introduction in
December 2021 including the role played by the broad range of golf facilities and formats,
including non-traditional, in introducing people to golf.

There is also an option to play 9 holes of golf prior to dinner.
Tee off – 4.00pm
Cost: Golf and dinner @$135.00
           Dinner only @$75.00 

Dinner Cost: Includes wines at the table.

Pre-dinner drinks at member’s expense

Dress: Lounge Suit
RSVP: Monday, 20 February 2023
Please quote name and email your attendance to:  Morag North –

Direct payment: For direct payment details please contact the Honorary Secretary
Postal: Honorary Secretary Stella Cugley 7A Canberra Grove, Beaumaris Vic 3193

Yarra Yarra Golf Club

567 Warrigal Road
Bentleigh East 3165

Hickory Heroes Christmas 9 Holes and BBQ

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The Hickory Heroes group finished up their season at the regular breakup venue Woodlands Golf Club

On a glorious afternoon, 14 players enjoyed their 12 holes followed by a sumptuous BBQ

Peter Crowe won the day with fabulous score of 27 points from Justin Ryan on 26

Our thanks go to WGC member Paul Burgess and Hickory Co-Coordinator John Trevorrow for organising a very enjoyable day


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                                                                                   

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

 Guest Speaker

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.

A full report of the dinner will be in the next issue of The Long Game

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

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.

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