The District Championships on Sunday 31 August,
2014, will wind up a hectic period of District events, which may be
straining the domestic situation at many golfers homes.
Host Clubs this year are A & B grades at
Muswellbrook and C grade at Dungog. Entries have closed but late
entries will be accepted.
Please note the adjustment to handicap range for the grades, due to
the new handicapping system. Grades will be decided by a players GA
handicap on the closing date of entries, which will be 25 August,
On the day of play, it will be necessary for each player to check
his actual GA handicap, and then adjust his handicap according to
the slope rating of the course.
The championships are
also the qualifying rounds for the 2015 pennant series, so ensure
your club enters 4 players for each grade they wish to enter a
pennant team .
Click here for A & B
Click here for C grade draw.
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
An excellent field of 63 players has entered 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 is being run
as an event in it's own right. Perpetual trophies have been
purchased for each grade, in addition to the historic cups
previously used for the Scratch & handicap winners.
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
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
The Branxton ladies will hold their Open Day on
Tuesday 23 September, 2014. The event is open to all lady golfers
with a current GA handicap. Play will commence with an 8.30a.m.
Click here for
the entry form.
turned out a golf course in magnificent condition, for the Hunter
District "old timers" championship on Sunday 3 August, 2014.
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.
The third round of the lady's pennants were
played at the Hunter Valley Golf Club on Monday 11 August, 2014.
With two rounds remaining the Vintage and the combo team
of Cypress Lakes and Stonebridge share the leaderboard on 6 points
each. Both team's are undefeated, but the Vintage top the table by
half a game. The remaining three teams all sit on 2 points each and
it appears that the Vintage & Cypress Lakes/Stonebridge will fight
here to view the results Round 3.
here for the points table.
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
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
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
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.
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
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 13½ each and therefore
retain it for the year.
Click here for the report.
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.
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.
year when Maitland dominated the pennant series, this year the
winners have come from 5 different clubs.
Click here for the A Grade
Click here for the B grade
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
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
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
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
For the full report and
more photos click here.
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
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.
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