BERCINI CUP (C Grade)
Paterson regained the Bercini Cup, lost to
Maitland last year, with a hard fought 2½ to ½ win over the gallant
Stonebridge team at Maitland on Sunday 9 March. 2014.
To read the full report
The Senior divisions semi finalists has been
decided following the completion of the split round robin series.
The semi finals will be played at Maitland on Sunday 16 March, 2014
hitting off at 7.00am.
In the first semi The Vintage will meet
neighbours Cypress Lakes at 7.00am and in the other local derby
Dungog will take on Paterson following that match.
Spectators & supporters most welcome.
VALE SYD STANSBURY - MUSWELLBROOK
The Muswellbrook Golf Club is mourning
the passing of Syd Stansbury who passed away on 20 February 2014.
Syd was a Life Member and Patron of
the golf club and a member for about 70 years. During that time he
spent numerous years as President and held other positions on the
Board of Directors.
He will always be remembered for his
commitment to the Club, his friendliness, foresight and love of
Syd was a driving force behind the
Clubs’ expansion to 18 holes and in 1954 bid on behalf of the Club
for the land at Blackhill that provided the room for the current 18
hole layout. He warmly remembered the bidding went beyond what the
Board had authorised but said “if we do not buy it now, we never
will, so we kept bidding”.
Syd was known to many District golfers
through his regular pilgrimage to Sydney, to participate in the now
defunct, Country Week, week of golf on the top courses. Many a
strong friendship was forged at this popular event.
To his wife Nina, daughter Kathy, her
husband Paul and to the extended family we express our sincere
Muswellbrook Golf Club will host the 2014
District Junior Championships on Sunday 16 March, 2014. The event is
not restricted to Hunter Juniors and golfers from outside the
District are welcome to participate and take the opportunity to
qualify for the Jack Newton State Age Championships. Click on the
link below to print the entry form and forward it by the 10 March to
reserve you place.
Click here for the
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
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.
All Clubs and pennant team
captains (Seniors & C Grade) are reminded that it is imperative to
check handicaps on Golf Link of their players on the morning of the
round, to ensure they play off their Golf Australia handicap, not
the adjusted handicap due to the slope system.
All matches of handicap match
play are to be played off the GA handicap this year.
The team captain should
bring the list of his 6 players and their exact GA handicap to the
venue, as handicaps will be checked. Incorrect handicaps will see
the loss of games and possibly matches. Don't get caught.
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.
the full report click here.
DAVE PARKINSON AWARDED
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
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
The District acknowledges the work Dave puts in
and congratulates him on the well deserved award.
COREY LAMB WINS STATE
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
If any golfer has a similar photo featuring the
Shark, I would gladly post it on the website.
The District rep teams had mixed success over the
week end. The big news is that the A grade side defended the Country
Teams championship title and made it two in a row. The win was even
more meritorious when Nathan Waters, who was searching for a third
Country Championship title in succession, pulled out after two holes
with illness. This meant the team had to rely on the best four
scores from 5 players rather than the usual six.
Junior Dylan Perry, didn't let the District down,
when he took the Country title with a 36 hole score of 136, 8 under
On the downside the junior 4 way side came home
empty handed from their trip to Shelly Beach in search of the Col
Johnston Shield. After losing their first two matches against
Central Coast & Lower North Coast the team were hopeful of a win in
their final match on Sunday morning against Newcastle.
Click here to read the
Country Champs report.
Our baby juniors were on the receiving end of
lesson, when they lost all three matches in the annual junior 4 way
played at Shelly Beach, on the 2 & 3 November, 2013. Our team were
all aged under 14, and played against boys more senior in years. All
is not lost as golfers must firstly learn to be a good loser, and
our boys were gracious in defeat, maintaining a positive outlook.
They will be great ambassadors in years to come.
Click here for the results.
The District Annual general Meeting was held at
Scone Golf Club on Sunday 24 November, 2013. Due to deluge of 40mm
of rain on Saturday afternoon, the 9 hole novelty ambrose had to be
The meeting proceeded at 11.00am followed by an
enjoyable lunch and refreshments. An excellent roll up of Clubs
attended the meeting, which proceeded smoothly, with no contentious
Cameron Benkovic, decided not to seek re-election
to Committee, and his spot on Committee was conveniently taken by
Tony Chapman, who returned after a 12 month hiatus.
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