The 2013 District two man ambrose championship
has, this year been kindly hosted by The Vintage club and will be
held on Sunday 14 July, 2013.
Entries will be restricted to golfers who are
affiliated with the Hunter River DGA. This is your opportunity to
test yourself on one of the better layouts in our District, so get
your entries in early. The field will be limited to 140.
Entries close on Monday 8 July, 2013. Players
are reminded that personal carts are not allowed on the course, but
can be hired from the proshop for $15.00 per player. The $20 entry
fee MUST be paid by cash only.
Click here for the entry form & conditions.
Sickness & Injury List
District golfers will be saddened to hear that
Muswellbrook & St. George stalwart Gary Mears is in hospital due to
a serious illness and will have to undergo further treatment.
Gary has been a leading golfer in the District
since his junior days and continues to maintain form even though he
has reached the senior ranks. We look forward to his return.
In the meantime your prayers and wishes for a
speedy recovery would be appreciated by his family.
On a lighter note our Vice President Ross Banks
is out of golf for a 6 month period, after he strained a ligament in
his index finger, caused by removing a sock!!
HRDGA vs NEWCASTLE DGA
The District has selected the team to beat
Newcastle in our annual match for the PR West Shield, to be played
at Stonebridge on Sunday 23 June, 2013.
The match will commence and spectators are most
welcome. Come out and support our team and view some spectacular
To view the team click
The District Mixed Ambrose
Championship was hosted by Kurri, on Sunday 19 May, 2013. A
quality field of 68 players participated, including some bright
young talent from the lady member ranks.
The result was a close fought
affair, with the countback required to split the top three teams.
The winning team from Kurri was Troy & Anthony Lucas, who teamed up
with Sue Ford & Tricia Wyper. It would be highly unusual for a
winning team at Kurri not to feature the Wyper name.
here to view the full report.
winners, grinners & losers attended a fantastic evening at the Kurri
Golf Club on Saturday 25 May, 2013, to toast the 2103 winning
Scott Driffield from the Maitland Club and Committeeman Pat Rigby
for supplying a copy of the photos they took.
current moment we are experiencing technical difficulties in
uploading the photos. Photos will be available when the problem is
resolved. Any suggestions will be gladly received.
ARTIE MOLLETT SHIELD
RETURNS TO HUNTER
The coveted Artie Mollett Shield returned to the
Hunter District, when the youthful rep side were victorious in the
annual inter district match against the Central Coast on Sunday 28
In a nail biting finish, the team got up by the
barest margin possible, a single match (9½ - 8½). District Captain
Dave Parkinson's decision to stick with his youth policy paid
dividends for he second occasion. The last being the Country
Championsips in 2012.
For the match report click
The 2013 pennant series have been finalised and
the Maitland Club has set a record in winning four out of five finals
in the one year. A check of pennant history reveals that previously
Cessnock had won 3 grades in 1956, after the introduction of the
Bercini Cup (C Grade) in 1952. In 1995 the Senior & Junior
divisions, were introduced and on 5 occasions since then two clubs
have won 3 grades - Kurri in 1995 and Maitland in 1996, 2001 & 2004.
In A grade Maitland fought back from a mid round
slump to sneak home over The Vintage by 4 matches to 3.
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On Sunday 7 April, Maitland set a record for wins
over the grades, when B grade overpowered defending holders
Paterson, convincingly by 3 - 0 to take the Pogonoski Cup.
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The most exciting match was the C grade final,
between Maitland & Paterson. With two games concluded it was 1
apiece. After a moment controversy on the final green, the
final match moved to the 19th, where Maitland clinched the final.
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In the senior division, Paterson, caused the
upset of the season, when they overcame, at luxury odds, to defeat
red hot favourites, defending champions The Vintage 2 -1, to win the
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Juniors also had a tough match against The
Vintage but held on to scrape home 3 1/2 matches to 1 1/2.
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The district junior side travelled to Moree over
the weekend to defend the Baker Trinder Shield, which was not played in
2012 due to floods in Moree.
The team were victorious winning all their
matches against North West, Central North & Western. A great effort.
Congratulations on a great win.
The full report will be
posted when details come to hand.
SHOT OFF CONCRETE
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to learn how. You never know when you may have to.
smokey bobbed up to win the Dave Parkinson
Shield and District Junior title at Scone on Sunday 10 March, 2013.
Oscar Field, who hails from Scone, returned a 75 off the stick to
win the title, in a 3 way countback.
To read more click here.
The roster of the 2013 Club Open Days, kicks off
with the Branxton Open day on Saturday 9 March, 2013. The District
encourages clubs to support each others Open. If each of our 17
Clubs arranged a group of 4 players to participate, that would
guarantee 64 players, which would be a full field and ensure a
successful event for the Club. The camaraderie will grow with each
open and make the days an enjoyable outing.
Arrange a group and book in early to avoid
Scone golf Club have been given permission to
bring their scheduled open day by two weeks to the 8 September,
2013. The original fixture list has the 8th as Father's Day, which
has been officially listed as the 1st September.
Please note the changes on your fixture list.
Congratulations to Aberdeen/Muswellbrook junior
Dylan Perry on his excellent performance in the Australian amateur.
Dylan qualified for the matchplay after rounds of
73 - 68 at the Woodlands & Commonwealth Golf Clubs. Dylan qualified
in equal 7th spot,and reached the quarter finals of the matchplay
rounds, where he met Geoff Drakeford, who was fortunately playing on
his home track. Dylan took Drakeford to the last hole, where he went
down by one hole.
A great effort by one of our many promising
Thirty six weary, but happy travellers returned
from the Melbourne Tour on Sunday 25 November, 2013. The customary
supply of lemons were on hand for the trip home to assist the
players to take the smile off their faces. The trip didn't go
without its share of incidents, but probably the best one was at
Huntingdale when the contingent were enjoying and after golf ale in
the clubhouse, when two well suntanned golfers entered the
Clubhouse and approached the bar. Both were wearing their golf caps,
when one of the District wags jokingly chipped the pair about having
to shout the bar for wearing their caps inside.
Looks of awe overcame the faces of the group,
when the two gentleman removed their caps to reveal none other than
Brian Lara & Viv Richards. Responding to the taunt, Brian placed his
credit card over the bar, and shouted our travellers a round of
It doesn't get any better.
One member of our group failed to take advantage
of the opportunity to quiz Viv Richards why he had reneged on his
appearance, as the guest speaker at a Sportsman Lunch scheduled for
his Club, the following week.
The 2012 AGM was held at
Maitland on Sunday 18 November, 2012. The financial result of a
$12,800 profit stands the Association in a healthy financial
position, and the affiliation fee, will remain at $5.90 + GST.
Bob Scarr, after 7 years as
President has stood down, to allow new blood to take the reigns in
the form of Bob McKenzie of Maitland. Bob will move to the back
bench, where his guidance will be appreciated.
Paul Brennan has stood down after serving 25
years as a committeeman, due to poor health. Our thanks and best
wishes for good health are extended to Paul. Richard Craft who was
invited onto Committee last year did not seek re-election.
New faces who have come onto Committee are
Cameron Benkovic (Muswellbrook), Mark McKenzie (Kurri) & Bruce Rose
District superstar Dylan Perry, is off to China
to represent Australia in the Aaron Baddeley World Junior
Championship, after winning the 17yrs age division and coming second
overall, in the Australian final of that event. The event was played
at the Nicklaus designed Heritage Golf Course in Melbourne.
After day one Dylan was in 4th spot, but shone in
the tough blustery conditions of the second round, to win the 17yrs
division by 6 strokes and finish 3 behind the overall age winner.
A total of 165 players
participated in the 2012 District Championships, justifying the
decision to play the event over two courses, Branxton & Kurri.
Players at both venues were treated to the best greens in the
District, which brought many a player
undone on the slick surfaces.
At Branxton, evergreen Bryan Gulliver continues
his "purple patch" with a thrilling two stroke victory, for the A
grade Championship, whilst promising Denman junior Khan Gallagher
was best in B Grade. Course Super at The Vintage Steve Harris
is the C grade Champion for 2012.
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ABERDEEN COME & TRY DAY
The District endeavours to have Clubs arrange
their "come & try " days to encourage new members is bearing fruit,
if the day arranged by Aberdeen is any indication. Branxton &
Paterson have been running their days for some time now, but if the
enthusiasm shown at Aberdeen is any indication, golf will certainly
grow in the area. Below is an excerpt from the report submitted by
Craig Symington, who was instrumental in organising the day.
day was a huge hit with the kids and the weather was great. Fourteen
kids turned out, of which six were girls and they had so much fun
they did not want to stop. I had them hitting tennis balls, high
bounce rubber balls, pvc yellow golf balls and then real golf balls.
We hit to a target area similar to the course that we did, we had
chipping, bunker shots and putting. They loved the putting as you
will see in the photos. We hit full and half shots to our target
area and finished off with long drive shots. Two of the parents were
a great help, Jason Hallett and Gerard Partridge, I let them do the
warm up and down as I am not much good on stretches. From set up to
pack up 4 hours had passed in no time. I would also like to thank my
wife for cooking the sausage sizzle."
Check the photo
below. This young fellow
has the potential looking at his swing. The back swing is almost in
the correct position, eye is over the ball, the left knee is bent in and he is ready to
launch the downswing.
If all clubs
put in the effort &
have the same success with their days, then golf in the Hunter will
have a healthy future.
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