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27 July - Merriwa Open - click here for the flyer.

3 Aug - HRDGA Masters Champs - Cypress Lakes

10 Aug - Deferred Sand Greens Champs - Merriwa. Players who have previously entered need not do so.

16 - 17 August, 2014 - Regional Championships - Muswellbrook

31 Aug - District Championships- A & B Grade Muswellbrook, C Grade Dungog.


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The 2014 Fixture List has been uploaded to the website. Just Click on the Programme tag on the left hand side of this screen to view.

Alternatively download the pocket sized version for your wallet, by clicking on the below.

Fixture List Pocket Version.



 The teaching pro at The Vintage Richard Mercer, is conducting a clinic aimed at juniors from 4 May - 26 June, 2014.

To view details click on the Entry Forms/Juniors TAB to the left of this page.



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The second round of the lady's pennants were played at the Cypress Lakes Golf Club, where they were made most welcome. Once again the second round has been blessed with near perfect golfing weather.

After two rounds the Vintage and the combo team of Cypress Lakes and Stonebridge are equal leaders on 4 points.

Click here to view the results Round 2.

Click here for the points table.

Regional Championships

The Hunter District will host the 2014 Regional Championships, as it does every four years. Once again Muswellbrook has generously made their course event, which is a fitting venue for such a premium event. The leading golfers from our neighbouring Associations, Lower North Coast, Central Coast and Newcastle will be participating, not only for individual honors, but as part of their District team, competing for the Jim Baker Shield.

Entries are not restricted to the elite golfer. Handicap players are most welcome with 18 & 36 hole handicap trophies up for grabs. The handicap limit being a generous 27. The event will be played on Saturday & Sunday 16 & 17 August. The start will be a shotgun start both days kicking off at 12 midday on Saturday & 7.30am on Sunday.

Please not the entry fee must accompany the entry form.

Click here for the entry form.

Click here to view the selected District side.

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.



The 2014 Masters championship is the next major event on the 2014 calendar. Once again it will be hosted by Cypress Lakes and a field of over 100 players is expected.

The event is also the qualifying round for Clubs to enter the 2015 Frame Cup Senior pennant. Each club must enter and play 4 players to be eligible to play next year.

Carts will be limited to approximately 100 players and no personal carts will be allowed on the day, apart from members. Please indicate on the entry form if you require a cart.

NB The entry form and conditions sent to the District database indicated the start would be shotgun at 7.30am. This is incorrect and will be a normal two tee timesheet.

Click here for the entry form and conditions.



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.



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.




The event was washed out due to a downpour midway through the round, which sent all players back to the shelter of the clubhouse.

The event has been re-scheduled to Sunday August 10, which was originally rostered for the Denman Open, which has been cancelled, this year, due to course renovations.

Those players who did not seek a refund will be automatically retained in the draw and need not enter again. New entries will be accepted.

Click here for the entry form.


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.


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.




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.


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.


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.




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.





The 2014 Pennant dinner will be hosted by Muswellbrook Golf Club on Saturday 10 May, 2014, not on the 3rd as previously programmed. Please note this in your diary. Further information will be available closer to the end of the pennant series.

It just happens to be the evening before Mothers Day, so with a bit of clever manipulation you can kill two birds with one stone.




2014 Junior final teams - Vintage & Maitland


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.






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.





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.


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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