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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

Presidents Trophy at Yarra Yarra Golf Club

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Yarra Yarra emerged from the lockdown down rest in superb condition and hosted the rescheduled Presidents Trophy.

President Graeme Ryan and Secretary Kim Hastie welcomed an enthusiastic field of 32 players to this popular event, which has a restriction of only 7 clubs in the bag.

The field was made up of many regulars and it was pleasing to see new members attending.

Nine holes of stroke was played in the morning with the top 4 nett scores progressing to a matchplay playoff in the afternoon.

As the field came in, some great scores were returned and with the help of the Proshop the top four scores were determined and announced at lunch.

Players enjoyed some very generous Yarra catering and those not participating further celebrated another get together with a glass of wine or two.

For the matchplay, players went off the 10th tee with a good gallery following. Top qualifier was John Trevorrow and played fourth qualifier Peter Stickley with Peter prevailing on their second hole the Par 3 11th.

In the other match Andy Phillips qualified second and played third qualifier and first-time entrant Robert Sarafov. Robert won on their first hole.

So, the finalists Peter and Robert progressed down the 12th hole. Both hit good drives and Robert set the scene with a superb iron into the green to sit comfortably.

Peter played a few nice shots in but conceded and Robert was declared this year’s Presidents Trophy winner.  Presentations, thanks you and a glass of champagne was enjoyed as the society successfully completed another event for 2020!

Kim Hastie
Honorary Secretary November 2020

Winner Robert Sarafov with President Graeme Ryan

Finalists Robert and Peter with Secretary Kim

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
Otherwise, please return this form before Thursday 26 November 2020 to the
Honorary Secretary
223 Wattletree Road Malvern Vic. 3144

2017 Presidents Trophy

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07 Aug 2017 – Royal Melbourne Golf Club

RMGC member Tony Rule wins President’s Trophy with a “sandy 3”

This year’s President’s Trophy was played at its regular venue, Royal Melbourne GC. Good entries were received, but some late cancellations saw a reduced field of 18 brave the wintry conditions to play their 9 holes with just seven clubs in the bag under modified 1950 rules.

At lunch, the top four nett qualifiers for the sudden death matchplay were determined with Virginia Gorrell the clear top qualifier followed by RMGC member Tony Rule.

Due to multiple ties, a countback and much card checking, the two remaining players were decided in very new member Grant McKay and Richard Fellner, a qualifier in 2016.

The matches began on the first tee of the East Course. Richard defeated Virginia on the first playoff hole followed by Tony defeating Grant also on their first hole. Finalists Tony and Richard halved their first hole. Then, on the second hole, Richard putting for a four had an agonising lip out for 5. Tony made 5 as well, so they moved to the Par 3.

After their tee shots, both players were short and bunkered. Richard was away, air-mailed his shot, yet was saved by some tea-tree at back of the green. Still away for the next shot, he played a great downhill chip to the green.

Tony then made a good, long carry bunker shot to the green, yet still had some work to do with the putter. After a quick read, as the rain was getting heavier and the green wetter, Tony sank a 30 footer for a “sandy 3” and sealed the win.

Players and spectators returned to the clubhouse for presentation, photos and refreshments

GSA thanks the Royal Melbourne Golf Club staff for their assistance and wonderful hospitality making for a very enjoyable day.

The clubs ongoing generosity for allowing us to hold this event every year is much appreciated.

Finalists  Grant McKay, Tony Rule, Virginia Gorrell and Richard Fellner

A wet but exciting finish between finalists      Richard and Tony

2018 Presidents Trophy

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30 July 2018 – The Royal Melbourne Golf Club

The Presidents Trophy was played at its regular venue The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. This quirky but fun event allows the players only 7 clubs and the four best Nett scores qualify for sudden death matchplay.

This year’s event had good entries with 30 players, enjoying their qualifying 9 holes on the West course in very cool but dry conditions. The sunshine broke through at times, enabling Secretary Kim who was roving through the groups to take many photos.

As the cards rolled in, the four top four scores began to take shape and after count backs the final players were determined.

At lunch, President Graeme Ryan welcomed a number of new members to the society who were participating. It was interesting and fun see to some playing with their hickories which no doubt added to the challenge.

Rod Hiscox the top qualifier (34.5) was to play Jean Gilbert (38.5) and Max Findlay 2nd qualifier (36) was to play David Worley (38) Both Max and Jean are Past Winners of this event.

After lunch a good gallery assembled to watch the sudden death playoffs on the East course with David Worley winning the first hole over Max Findlay.

In the other match, the result didn’t come as quickly, with Rod and Jean fighting it out for four tense holes, both players have their chances to win. Finally, at the Par 3 4th Jean sunk a putt to win the match.

It was decided rather than cross the road the final pair continue at the Par 3 16th

The first playoff hole was halved even with David Worley skying his front bunker shot to the back and taking unplayable from the Heath and Lomandras and Jean with her own troubles couldn’t close out.

Play went down the Par 5 17th, both drove it well, but from then on Jean struggled to keep her ball in play and with David comfortably on the green in 3, Jean concedes the hole and David is declared the 2018 winner.

So, after an entertaining afternoon the players and gallery return to clubhouse for refreshments and presentations.

The Golf Society Thanks Royal Melbourne for their hospitality and another thoroughly enjoyable day.