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Dinner – Monday 24 June – Kingston Heath Golf Club

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Our second dinner for the year will be held at Kingston Heath GC on Monday 24 June 6.30 for 7pm

Guest speaker Sandy Jamieson – Golf Coach – Oakleigh Golf Club and creator of 1 club

                      Kingston Heath Golf Club      Monday 24 June 2024     6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

                                                                             The fight for Public Golf

Sandy Jamieson is a respected golf teacher with inventive ideas on how to turn beginners into golfers. He moved from a job at Commonwealth GC to the 9-hole public course at Oakleigh to begin his innovative 1Club method for beginners.

He also spearheaded a successful recent fight to save Oakleigh’s much-loved public course from being turned into a park by Monash City Council.

Join us to hear Sandy talk about ‘The fight for Public Golf’ and how he brings new players into the game we all love.

Please join us for what is sure to be an enjoyable evening.

Cost:                            Includes 2 courses and wine at the table.

Pre-dinner drinks at member’s expense

RSVP:                          Monday, 17 June 2024

Please send the requested information below to:

Payment:                  Payment must be made prior to the event.  Direct Transfer to the GSA Bendigo bank is preferred

Postal:                Secretary 7A Canberra Grove Beaumaris Vic 3193              Message:  Surname Dinner


Golf Historians Forum – Friday May 17 -Lonsdale Links GC

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The Society has organised the first Historians Forum for 2024 at Lonsdale Links – Point Lonsdale.

It is great that we can learn about the history of clubs which are not only in the Metropolitan area.

The forum will explain the process of producing the Centenary History Book for the 2023 celebrations and also take us through the redevelopment of the club from Lonsdale Golf Club to Lonsdale Links.

This forum promises to be most informative.

There will be a chance to play either 9 or 18 holes at the conclusion of the forum. Limited tee spots

Guests most welcome

Please see the attached invitation with all the details.

As always, please do not hesitate to make contact should you have any queries at all.

Stella Cugley
Golf Society of Australia
M: +61 408 364 864

Victorian Hickory Shaft Championships – Sunday 19 May – Barwon Heads Golf CLub

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The inaugural Victorian Hickory Shaft Championship has been run and won on the wonderful links of Barwon Heads Golf Club on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula.

After a couple of successful events at Barwon Heads GC, in the past two years, we thought it appropriate to hold the 2024 Championship there.

John Trevorrow reports ..

A big field of 33 golfers turned the clock back a century competing in the Victorian Hickory Shaft Championship at historic Barwon Heads GC on May 19th.
This inaugural championship, organised by the GSA, brought together entrants from Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Tasmania to the historic coastal links laid out by J. Victor East in 1921.
The championship was contested in 18 holes of stroke play on a cool, windy Sunday with scudding clouds that delivered a brief shower.

Conditions were challenging for scoring and just three of the 33 players were able to beat 90 off the stick. The men’s 2024 champion is Harry Green from Kingston Heath with 86. Women’s 2024 champion is GSA president Kim Hastie from Metropolitan GC with 111. Runners-up were Bendigo GC’s Justin Ryan on 89 countback, and Truda Rail from Strathfield GC on 114.
Winners in the handicap division were Matthew Delahunty from Spring Valley with 74 nett, and Truda Rail 88 nett.
The inaugural championship was marked by a great spirit of camaraderie, new and renewed friendships and a shared enthusiasm for hickory golf.

We give thanks to Barwon Heads for their wonderful hospitality and wish the club all the best with the clubhouse redevelopment

More images from the event can be found in the Gallery page

Women’s & Men’s Victorian Hickory Shaft Champions Kim Hastie and Harry Green

Women’s Runner Up & Nett Winner Truda Rail with GSA President Kim Hastie

Matthew Delahunty Men’s Nett winner with Champion Harry Green

The previous day several players enjoyed the Par 3 course on a gorgeous Autumn afternoon some finishing as the sun was setting

Don Lawrence Trophy New date – Tuesday 3rd September

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DON LAWRENCE TROPHY –  Event rescheduled – new date Tuesday 3rd September


 First played in 1996, the Don Lawrence Trophy commemorates and celebrates the outstanding contribution to sports journalism by one of the Society’s earliest members. 

Entries are now open for this popular annual 4BBB Stableford 18-hole event for mixed pairs, women’s, and men’s teams.  

  •  Guests of members are welcome to enter but only GSA members are eligible to win the trophy. 
  • A multi-tee start will commence at 12.30 pm sharp.  
  • The draw will be circulated prior to the event. 
  • Presentations will include: 
  • After golf Snacks (beverages at own cost) 
  • Prizes for: Best Inward and outward 9 holes and Best Non-Member pair 
  • NTP – women and men 

Cost: TBA  Lunch, 18 holes & after golf snacks  

Spring Valley Members will be reimbursed for the green fee via their Club account. 


 Secretary Stella Cugley  


Registration and Lunch: 

From 11:15am 

 For Payment:  Please pay directly the Golf Society of Australia Bendigo Bank  

New evet details to follow shortly 

Mixed pairs, women’s, or men’s teams are accepted. 

 Please email your (& playing partners) attendance details to: 

Or post your acceptance slip and cheque to:

Stella Cugley   Secretary    7A Canberra Grove   Beaumaris Vic 3193

Jenny Picking and David Rew 2023 winners with President Kim Hastie 



Vale Robert AW Wade OAM

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Dear Members,

It is with great sadness I advise the passing of Robert (Bob) Wade OAM on Tuesday 30 January 2024

Well known to us all, Bob was a distinguished watercolour artist with international acclaim. His incredible portfolio of work is enjoyed all over the world, either through books,exhibitions,teachings, his own social media page, and the countless clubhouses around the globe that have a Bob Wade hanging somewhere.

He was a longtime member of the Society and 71-year member of the Metropolitan Golf Club along with other clubs.

Bob contributed to the Society’s activities in several ways either as a guest speaker at our dinners, presenting at Historian’s forum or writing an article for the Long Game newsletter.

The Society is fortunate to have on file an interview that Bob did with Society members Brendan Moloney and Virginia Gorrell in 2012

We are grateful to Brendan and Virgina for providing the text, it is a wonderful read and tells us so much about the legendary man.

Please click the link to read.

Bob touched our lives in many ways, and we will acknowledge and celebrate his accomplished rich life in the next Long Game… till then we remember Bob with great affection and will always have his beautiful art to enjoy.

A true gentleman who will be much missed

                                                                Our thoughts are with his extended family

Kim Hastie President


A memorial service to celebrates Bob’s life will be held on Tuesday 27th February at the Victorian Artists Society in East Melbourne

To attend you must register, the details for this can be found on Bob’s Facebook page.

A link to live stream of the service can be found on the same site.

Dinner – Metropolitan Golf Club – Monday 19th February

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The Society held its first dinner for the year at The Metropolitan Golf Club – Monday 19 February

Our guest speaker was Dr Joshua Ralston, who is in Melbourne on a three-month lecturing position at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Ralston is a professor of religion and politics at the University of Edinburgh with a focus on the interactions between the Middle East and the West.  

He has written or edited four books on themes such as religious diversity in Europe, populism and religion, and Christian-Muslim relations. He’s currently writing on how sport helps us understand the transformation of Saudi Arabia and modern global politics. 

Dr Ralston is an avid golfer and a member at North Berwick Golf Club, Scotland. He has already managed several games on the Sandbelt since his arrival at the beginning of January. 

The title of his topic was    “The Politics of Golf: Saudi Arabia and the transformation of professional golf.” 

Joshua’s talk was enlightening and very entertaining and we are grateful to him for giving up his leisure time.

We also give thanks to Michael Clayton who assisted in securing Joshua as our dinner speaker.  

To read more about this wonderful evening ..please see John Trevorrow’s report – President Kim Hastie


Report on Dr Joshua Ralston’s talk to at Golf Society dinner at Metropolitan GC, 19th February. 

Have you ever wondered why the rulers of Saudi Arabia have spent billions of their petro-dollars buying into international golf by creating and funding the LIV Golf League? 

The answer, according to academic Dr Joshua Ralston, is deeper than the common assumption that the authoritarian Saudi regime simply wants to ‘sports wash’ its dubious international reputation for human rights. 

Dr Ralston is from California, and a late convert to golf and member at North Berwick Golf Club in Scotland. He is an associate professor of religion and politics at the University of Edinburgh and has written studies on religious diversity in Europe, populism and religion, and Christian-Muslim relations. Dr Ralston is currently a visiting scholar at Trinity College, University of Melbourne and was guest speaker in February at Metropolitan Golf Club for the Golf Society’s first dinner of the year. His talk, titled “Saudi Arabia and the politics of golf”, drew a packed house of 138 GSA members and guests. 

His view is that Muhammad bin Salman al Saud, the crown prince and Prime Minister who is the probable next King of Saudi Arabia, is aiming to diversify his nation’s future from reliance on oil and gas to broader economic interests. Sport, including top-level soccer and golf, is among his targets. 

Dr Ralston laid out three essential reasons he believes are behind the Saudis’ investment of more than $3billion so far on LIV Golf, which this year will play its second Australian tournament in Adelaide. 


  1. National

The Saudi regime wants to transition its society, build new economic hubs, and attract wealthy and influential foreign investors. Golf is one of the ways of doing that. It is also a sport that is appropriate within Saudi culture because it can be played together by men and women in culturally acceptable ways. 


  1. Regional

Saudi Arabia is playing catch-up against its more international neighbours Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia already contains the two most important sites for Islam — Mecca and Medina — and LIV Golf gives them another chance to increase their reputation and influence within the Middle-East region. “Why buy a team when you can buy a whole sport? LIV Golf helps to set the Saudis apart in their regional rivalry,” said Dr Ralston. 


  1. Global

Golf is a mid-range sport compared to soccer and basketball, he says, but is a very rich sport. Fortune-100 companies and executives are involved in golf, and the game also gives unique opportunities to build personal relationships on the golf course with important and influential people. It gives the Saudis a key foothold in international connections. 


“LIV Golf is part of a broader group of aims for the Saudis to make themselves indispensable both economically and globally,” Dr Ralston says. Finally, he pointed out that western nations have for more than 70 years made a “Faustian bargain” by dealing economically and militarily with Saudi Arabia while not looking at what the Kingdom does in terms of women’s rights, human rights and authoritarian behaviour. 

Golf gives us a window into our morally complicated world, he says. Understanding and respecting different cultures is vitally important to global understanding and international relationships, but so too is holding fast to values of justice and human dignity.   

Dr Ralston’s timely talk was enthusiastically received by the diverse and influential crowd. The audience included board members from a number of golf clubs, Golf Australia CEO James Sutherland, many key people from Metropolitan GC, and a large number of guests. Two old friends with a combined 150 years of playing golf were also there. Metro’s legendary pro Brian Twite and Peter Stickley, who caddied at Metro in 1951-52 and was assistant to Brian in 1955-57, enjoyed 9 holes together before the dinner. They were joined on the course by Tasmanian former champion and professional David Good. 

– John Trevorrow 



The Society gives thanks to the club and staff at Metropolitan GC for their wonderful hospitality which ensured for a most enjoyable evening for our members and their guests.

Thank you to many that have passed on positive and lovely feedback.

We took the opportunity to record Joshua’s talk   Please click on the link below to listen.