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TITLE NUMBER FOUR FOR WHITE

The Vintage’s Liz White has won the Hunter River District Championship played at Cypress Lakes today. In tough, boggy conditions and slick greens, White battled it out with Hunter Valley’s Tania Hutchins, eventually shooting an 11 over par 83 to defeat Hutchins by two. White also took home the Closed Championship (open to all HRDGA members) for the fourth time. “Tania and I had a really good battle, after nine holes she had a one shot lead but I just tried to play as solid as I could,” Liz said. “A couple of pars helped early on the back nine

VINTAGE WIN SIXTH ROSELLA SHIELD IN STYLE

The Vintage Golf Club have gone through the 2024 season undefeated to win their sixth Ladies Pennants title. In a dominant display the team won 9.5 scratch matches out of a possible twelve, with team captain and regular number two, Jane Holmes not losing a match. It was a clutch play on the 18th hole against Cypress Lakes’ Carly Broun that helped Jane square her contest and keep a clean sheet. In the handicap section of the Pennants, The Vintage won 20.5 matches out of a possible 24. Scone finished in second place while Singleton came through to pip an

WILKS REIGNS IN THE DESERT

Muswellbrook’s Sue Wilks has taken out the 2023 HRDGA Sandgreens Championships _ her second major district title for the year. After winning the District Foursomes with Singleton’s Jodie Dunn in August, Wilks was able to hold off Scone duo Julie Leckie and Lyn Banks to win by one shot with a final score of 86. In the nett event, Jane Hegarty’s 71 was just enough to defeat her Merriwa club mate Gay Stanton, who posted a 73. The event is held in conjunction with the famous Priscilla Queen of the Desert event, with Denman’s Di Thorley taking out the Division

WILKS AND DUNN PREVAIL IN DISTRICT FOURSOMES CHAMPIONSHIP

Sue Wilks and Jodie Dunn have taken out the Open and Closed Hunter River District Foursomes Championship by one shot. Played on Tuesday at Cypress Lakes Golf club, despite a shaky few holes on the back nine, the pair were able to hold off Moree’s Teresa Munro and Vicki Gall to finish with a score of 90. The duo started their day with a fantastic birdie on the 1st however after finding trouble on the par four 13th the couple thought their title bid was over. “We had a bad back nine which obviously hurt but we got there,” Singleton’s

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JANE HOLME AND HOSED AT HUNTER RIVER DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Vintage’s Jane Holmes has streeted the field to take out both the Open and Closed Hunter River District Championships at the Hunter Valley Golf Club. The Open event is for all competitors while the Closed Championship is for Hunter River District Members only. Firing off an impressive 82 despite several difficult pin positions, Holmes defeated last year’s winner Lyn Banks and Singleton’s Jodie Dunn by two shots. While most players reported putting woes, the flatstick was Jane’s best friend today. “My putting was pretty spot on, I’d say I would have had about 28 or 29,” she said. “A

NEWCASTLE CONQUER HRDGA AT NELSON BAY

Played at Nelson Bay Golf Club – Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2023 Another very enjoyable weekend. The four ball matches on Saturday were very close with Newcastle taking a 4 / 2 score line into the Sunday individual matches. The senior’s division saw matches finish 3 all. In the juniors Newcastle came out on top 4 matches to 2 Overall score Newcastle 11 matches Hunter River 7 matches. Weekend highlight was a hole in one for Hunter Junior Lachlan Standing. Well played by the Hunter team, everyone had a very enjoyable weekend. Thank you to Nelson Bay Golf

MENS HRDGA AMBROSE CHAMPS DECIDED ON 4 WAY COUNTBACK

4 MAN AMBROSE Sunday, 16th July, 2023   148 players teed it up on a typical winter’s day at Kurri Golf Course. Scoring was exceptional with 4 teams equal on 58 (13 under par). A multiple countback was needed to separate the 4 teams with the Muswellbrook team of Brady Benkovic, Bobba Dial, David Schmierer and Paul Hungerford being successful. The nett winners were one of the teams beaten on a countback for the scratch. Kurri greenkeeper Merv Hayward, Matt Hopley, Kurt Cresswell and Peter Fisher, holed just about every putt they looked at to record an amazing score of

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CCWGA TOO STRONG FOR HUNTER WOMEN

After losing the inter district battle last year, Central Coast Women’s Golf Association were determined to wrest the title back in 2023. Fielding two national representatives, former golf professional Louise Mullard and Shelley Beach’s Kim Burke, the team was just too strong for the Hunter women. Played at Everglades in Woy Woy, Mullard and Burke had solid wins over Singleton’s Jodie Dunn and Liz White from the Vintage at the top of the field. On a tough day for the Hunter girls, only three victories for the team were recorded. Scone’s Lyn Banks, Jane Holmes (Vintage) and Helen Vandenbruggen (Cypress

DANIELS MAKES HISTORY

Branxton’s Leanne Daniels has made history winnng the Hunter River’s inaugural 9 Hole Ladies District Championship. Played at Singleton Golf Club, the stableford event was for beginners and it was Daniels, with a daily handicap of 41, who was the steadiest scoring 18 points. Despite a wobbly one pointer on the third hole, Daniels came home strongly, with three pointers on the final two holes to take victory over The Vintage’s Tracey Henderson, who finished with 16 points. “It was a great event, and I am so happy with the win,” Daniels said. Kurri Kurri’s Ley Rowe finished third on

ABERDEEN DUO SHINE IN HRDGA COUNTRY CUP VICTORY

The Hunter River District (HRDGA) has won the Country Cup for the third time, defeating the Newcastle Hunter District Ladies Golf Association (NHDLGA) by a convincing 46 points. Played at Scone Golf Club, The Country Cup is a Stableford 4BBB competition between 15 representative pairs from the HRDGA and the NHDLGA. This was the fourth playing of the event with HRDGA having won previously at Kurri and then Muswellbrook before NHDLGA won last year at Muree. The result for 2023 was an impressive victory by the host Hunter River District, 599 points to 553 points. Leading the HRDGA charge was

HUNTER VALLEY CLAIM ROSELLA SHIELD

The Hunter Valley Golf Club have won their second Rosella Shield following a 4.5/1.5 win over home side Muswellbrook. The team had it all to lose, knowing if they could not secure a victory, Scone or defending champs, The Vintage could sneak through for the win. “It was a great win against the home side, ” team captain Melita Watson said. “It was either win or nothing for us and I am just thrilled.” The Vintage finished in second place just .5 of a game ahead of Scone.

2023 Aberdeen Open

Sunday 16 April – to enter contact Glenn Googe on 0427 656 625 (between 3pm and 8pm)

HRDGA Vs NDGA

HRDGA played their annual match against NDGA at Paterson GC on Sunday 18th December 2022 the final result was a draw 6-6

MELITA WATSON AWARDED LIFE MEMBERSHIP

One of the Hunter River’s most dedicated and devoted workers, Melita Watson, has been awarded with Life Membership of the District. Melita’s efforts have been tireless and was the driving force behind the lady members of Hunter River District Clubs changing affiliation from Newcastle Hunter Ladies DGA to the Hunter River DGA in 2014. It was a very difficult and challenging transition, but it has proven to be a success with Hunter Ladies now playing a pennant series, district championships and representative matches in the Hunter area. “I am very appreciative and excited, it is a lovely gesture,” she said.

LADIES OPEN DAYS

OPEN DAY  FLYERS FOR 2023 ABERDEEN LADIES GOLF OPEN DAY  BRANXTON GOLF CLUB LADIES OPEN DAY

Singleton Golf Club 100 year Anniversary

Singleton Golf Club is celebrating its 100 year Anniversary on the 20th October 2022. Congratulations to Singleton on achieving this magnificent milestone which will be celebrated over the following 12 months.

2022 OOM

The Order of Merit (OOM) will be running again in 2022 commencing with the Denman Open on Sunday 24th April. Ensure you have a chance of winning this years OOM by playing in as many Open Days and District Events you can. Last years winners were Cameron Norman (Denman GC) and r/up Matt Hobbs (Scone GC) The Ladies are also running their OOM in 2022, dates of Events following.

Special Event

Date: 12 / 13 August
Venue: Muswellbrook Golf Club
Time: 12.30pm Saturday – 8.30am Sunday
Entry Fee: $77 covers 2 days – MUST be paid via manual bank transfer when entering
 
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