TWO EVENTS TO GO TO WIND UP THE GOLFING YEAR. THE AMBROSE FOURS AT KURRI ON SUNDAY 16 NOVEMBER, FOLLOWED BY THE PRESTIGIOUS KURRI OPEN ON SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER, 2014. GET IN EARLY FOR THE KURRI OPEN.

 
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    COMING EVENTS

16 Nov - Ambrose Fours  Kurri

6 Dec - Kurri Open

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Ambrose Fours Championship

A full field of 144 players has entered the event. Players are advised that the start will be a shotgun start at 8.30am. Please arrive no later than 8.00am to register and proceed to your allocated tee.

Click here to view the allocation of tees.

 

Country Champs & Junior 4 Way

The District sides acquitted themselves in these two events conducted over the weekend of the 1 & 2 November, 2014.

The junior team of Lewis Howells, Corey Lamb, Nick Neild, Jack Rachel, Clayton Small, Lachlan Vasella and Cameron Walton, won the Col Johnston Shield in the annual round robin matchplay series against Central Coast, Lower North Coast and Newcastle Districts, played at Gloucester.

Hero for the Hunter side was Clayton Small, who binned a fifteen foot put to halve his match, and win the Shield for the Hunter. Clayton continues his recent form fresh from winning the Maitland Senior & Junior Championship as a 14 year old.

Thanks to Pat Rigby and Tony Lamb for giving up their time to take the boys up.

The Hunter team of Will Barnett, Tom Bateman, Josh Knott, Kymble Pascoe, Dylan Perry and Nathan Waters played strongly to be runners up in the Country District teams championship, to the Lower North Coast team, who were successful at the recent Regionals Championship at Muswellbrook.

The winner of the Country Championships was Andrew Kirkman of Port Macquarie, who is having a great year, backing up his win in the Regional Championships with the Country State title.

Encourage Shield

The Vintage, junior team who were runners up in the District Junior pennant, represented the District in the Golf NSW Encourage Shield. They were drawn to play the junior team from Dubbo, and played the match at Wellington last weekend. The Vintage team of young hopefuls rose to the occasion and were victorious 3 - 2, in a very close match.

Click here for the report.

Ladies _GNSW_4Ball Playoff

Hunter Ladies played the District playoff for the Golf NSW Women's 4 Ball at Paterson on Monday 13 October, 2014. Winners Shelagh Keleris and Sue Radford, from Paterson, returned a winning score of +8, to edge out the Branxton pair of Carol Miller and Ruth McCarthy on +6. Seven clubs were represented at the final.

Shelagh and Sue are the first District reps to play the State Final, and will travel to Bonville in late November. We wish them luck.

 

2014 District Championships

The District Championships on Sunday 31 August, 2014, wound up a hectic period of District events and Inter District events.

Host Clubs this year were A & B grades at Muswellbrook and C grade at Dungog.

The championships are also the qualifying rounds for the 2015 pennant series.  Sadly two clubs will miss out in the C grade pennant due to failure of one of their four nominated players to turn up on the day.

Strong fields supported the grades particularly in A & B grades.

Click here for the report.

2014 LADIES PENNANTS

The inaugural pennant series for the Hunter Ladies culminated with the last round at Branxton on 15 September. It just so happened that the two undefeated teams were scheduled to meet in the last round, which provided that additional interest to the day. The Vintage proved too strong for the composite Cypress Lakes/Stonebridge side and became the first holders of the "Rosella Shield".

At the culmination of the initial series, only positive comments were heard from the players, who were impressed with the friendly fashion the games were played and the after play country hospitality proved by the host clubs.

 

Click here for the Rd 5 results.

Click here for the final pointscore.

 

SAND GREEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

The popular Sand Green championship, washed out on the scheduled date, was eventually played in perfect conditions on Sunday 10 August, 2014.

Rob Patterson (Merriwa) has an intimate of the intricacies of the greens and applied this on the day to be crowned the 2014 Champion. Rob is responsible for the preparation of the greens so local knowledge and raw ability saw him return the best scratch score of the day of 77.

Click here for the report.

 

LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP

An excellent field of 59 players participated in the inaugural District Championship, conducted by the newly affiliated lady members. Previously the championship was conducted in conjunction with a club open day. For the first time it was run as an event in it's own right at Muswellbrook Golf Club.

To view the results and photos click here.

Regional Championships

The Hunter District hosted the 2014 Regional Championships at Muswellbrook over the weekend of 16 - 17 August, 2014. The event is one of the pinnacle events for the leading golfers from our neighbouring Associations, Lower North Coast, Central Coast and Newcastle.

The Hunter team went in with a depleted side due to four of the "young gun's" being forced to participate in the Eric Apperly Shield for their metro club, with whom they have a scholarship.

The overall winner was Andrew Kirkwood from Port Macquarie (LNC) with a winning 36 hole score of 142, two under par. Andrew was also part of the winning club team Port Macquarie who won the Sandy Cameron Shield. The Jim Baker Shield, for the best district went to Newcastle DGA.

Click here for the report and results.

 

MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Cypress Lakes turned out a golf course in magnificent condition, for the Hunter District "old timers" championship on Sunday 3 August, 2014.

Maitland member Bryan Gulliver made it two in a row, winning the coveted Ben Owen Cup. Local character Merv Hayward, managed his way around the course for a ridiculous 42 points to win the handicap event.

For full report click here.

 

President's Cup

The Hunter junior team travelled to Wellington during the school holidays to take on the ever improving Dubbo juniors in a 36 hole event based on the President's Cup format, of ambrose, fourball, foursomes and individual match play.

The boys arrived on Thursday and took to the course for the first 18 holes in what only could be described as bitterly cold, with many a brass monkey running around looking for a soldering iron. Hunter picked a composite team of 4 experienced players and 4 prospects for experience.

Click here for the match report.

 

TWO MAN AMBROSE CSHIP

Maitland Golf Club  hosted the 2014 Two Man Ambrose Championship, for the King Warburton Cup on Sunday 6 July, 2014. Conditions were extra difficult due to the howling westerly wind, which tested the skill and patience of all golfers. Consequently the majority of scores retuned were above average on the day.

A strong field of 138 players turned up on the day, and support of District events by the players can only see golf in the District grow.

The "youngstars" Tom Bateman and Dylan Perry were the victors on the day, with a 65 off the bat, to win by a stroke.

Thanks to Maitland for making their course available and providing some slippery greens to test the field.

Click here to view the full report.

 

PR WEST SHIELD STAYS WITH NEWCASTLE

The 2014 annual match for the Peter West Shield was played out at Shortland Waters on Sunday 22 June,2014, and saw the victors Newcastle, legitimately hold the shield for the next 12 months. Hunter were defending the Shield won at Stonebridge in 2013, but it remained in the possession of the Newcastle DGA, such is their reluctance to relinquish it even after a loss. It must be bolted to the wall as was the Americas Cup.

In a keenly contested match Newcastle snuck in winning vital matches, late in the day, to regain the Shield 10 - 8.

Click here to view the match report.

 

MIXED AMBROSE CHAMPIONSHIP

Kurri Golf Club maintained their stranglehold on the event trophy, winning it on every occasion over the past 5 years. This year previous winners Andrew & Renae Wyper teamed up with Kevin & Patsy Fielding to win by the narrowest of margins, 1 stroke, from a host of other teams.

Click here to read the match report.

HUNTER RETAINS THE MOLLETT SHIELD

The Hunter rep side retained the Artie Mollett Shield in their annual match against the Central Coast District side at Scone over the weekend of 26 - 27 April, 2013.

For a change the event was played over two days, with a two ball event on the Saturday and the usual one one one match play on the Sunday.

On both days the visitors jumped to early leads, and appeared to heading to convincing wins, but the local "stayers" (appropriate for the horse capital" stormed home all over the the Central Coast sprinters, to tie the Shield 13 each and therefore retain it for the year.

Click here for the report.

 

A & B Grade Pennant Finals

The finals of the A & B grades pennants were decided on Sunday 6 April, 2014, at the Stonebridge Golf Course. Recent heavy showers had made the course a bit on the boggy side, but the greens were faultless and provided a suitable challenge to the top two grades.

The Bettington Cup for A grade supremacy went to The Vintage, who overcame a youthful Muswellbrook side 5 matches to 2, and in the nailbiting B grade final for the Pogonoski Cup, Branxton were victorious, 2 - 1.

Unlike last year when Maitland dominated the pennant series, this year the winners have come from 5 different clubs.

Click here for the A Grade report.

Click here for the B grade report.

 

 

DUNGOG TRIUMPHANT IN SENIOR PENNANTS

Sentimental favourites Dungog clinched their first Frame Cup (Seniors) title in a cliffhanger final at Kurri on Sunday 23 March, 2014.

The final, between The Vintage & Dungog, was decided on the 18th hole between the number one teams, after the two preceding games finished one apiece. The victory came down to the last putt, by Steve Ryan, who nervously stroked in a 12" putt for the win.

Interestingly Dungog won the first hole of the game to go one up, lost the next and never regained the lead until the final putt, when it mattered.

As usual, in the Seniors division the match was played in a friendly spirit. Glen Batty from the losing side commented after the match, that apart from themselves, if any other team was to win his preference was that it be Dungog.

                                                                                               Click here for the match report.

BAKER TRINDER TEAM

The District junior side were victorious in the annual inter district matchplay series, played at Muswellbrook over the weekend of 29 & 30 March. The team went through the series undefeated. Newcomers to the series the New England DGA finished a creditable third in their first appearance and are already planning towards 2015, which will be hosted by Central North DGA.

The team is: Hayden Gulliver (c), Billy Fenton, Khan Gallagher, Lewis Howells, Clayton Small, Josh Stig, Josh Tracey & Josh Udbinac.

2014 JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The District junior championship was played at Muswellbrook on Sunday 16 March, 2014. With many of the District players absent, participating in a JNJGF event at Wagga, the remaining players were able to show their wares. Khan Gallagher of Denman/Muswellbrook won his second district title when he won the Dave Parkinson Shield, with a terrific 18 hole score of one under par 71.

 

An event for cadets, attracted 7 enthusiastic golfers, who thoroughly enjoyed their 9 hole bash. Gradually these players will migrate to the full 18 hole events.

Players were fortunate to finish their round just in time to beat a severe thunderstorm and torrential rain, as pictured.

For the full report and more photos click here.

 

 

BERCINI CUP (C Grade) PENNANT FINAL

Paterson regained the Bercini Cup, lost to Maitland last year, with a hard fought 2 to win over the gallant Stonebridge team at Maitland on Sunday 9  March. 2014.

To read the full report click here.

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Junior final teams - Vintage & Maitland

MAITLAND MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW.

The Junior pennant final was decided at Kurri, with Maitland overcoming a determined Vintage "Blue" team to win the Hancock Shield for the third year in a row.

To read the full report click here.

 

 

 

 

DAVE PARKINSON AWARDED JNJGF GONG.

Jack Newton Junior Golf held their annual awards evening on Monday night at the Concord Golf Golf.  The evening is held to recognise the talented junior golfers in NSW and to celebrate their achievements with parents, sponsors and friends of Jack Newton Junior Golf.  

JNJG also presents a number of other awards to people and clubs within the golf industry that go over and above the call of duty to help grow the game at the junior level.  

This year Hunter River District Golf Association Life Member Dave Parkinson received the award for Volunteer of the Year.  His dedication at the Srixon International Sub Junior Classic at Kurri Kurri Golf Club was just one of the many reasons he was recognised with this award.  During this event he is always the first person at the golf course everyday and the last to leave at night.  He works tirelessly to ensure the juniors are well looked after throughout the event.  

He has put in countless years worth of work for golf in the Hunter Region and served as the Captain of the Hunter River District Golf Association.  He is an outstanding contributor to the game and well deserving of this award.  JNJG would like to thank Dave for his constant effort to ensure our event at Kurri Kurri is a success.  To all of those people who give up their time to help junior golf in NSW JNJG would like to thank them all.  Volunteers do what they do because they love the game and helping others and never seek recognition for their efforts but JNJG events would not be as successful as they are without these volunteers and we like to recognise their contribution.

The District acknowledges the work Dave puts in and congratulates him on the well deserved award.

 

 

 

COREY LAMB WINS STATE TITLE

Branxton junior Corey Lamb returned from the School Sport Australia Golf Champs, being part of the victorious NSW team who defended the "Popeye" (Craig Parrey) Cup. Played down on the Mornington Peninsula of Victoria, on some of Australia's better courses, Corey's scores of 81 (Portsea) and 87 (Rosebud), were instrumental in the NSW win.

Highlight of the trip was a visit to Royal Melbourne to attend the Australian Masters on the Pro - am round. Corey was selected to play a shot to the par 3 5th by professional Scott Hend. Corey didn't let him down and calmly hit the ball onto the putting surface.

Upon his return Corey was selected to attend a coaching clinic conducted by Rory McIllroy & Aaron Baddeley at Royal Sydney.

All good experiences for one of our up & coming juniors.

ADAM SCOTT AT THE OPEN

Local junior from Kurri Lachlan Vasella attended the Aussie Open at Royal Sydney, last Thursday, and had a chance meeting with Adam Scott, when they both exited adjoining porta loo's, at the half way mark of Adam's course record round.

Not being backward Lachlan politely enquired if there was any chance of a photo, to which Adam obliged. Not too many pro golfers would entertain such a request mid round, which just goes to show what a great ambassador Adam Scott is for the game of golf.

If any golfer has a similar photo featuring the Shark, I would gladly post it on the website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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