Current News & Member Information
* July – A big winter field & a wet track at Ringwood
* June – Golf is back following COVID-19 Shutdown
* Mar. – Sunshine greets players at Berwick-Montuna
* Feb. – Wet weather gear for Eastwood
* Jan. – A damp start to 2020 at Yering Meadows
* Dec. – Waterford Valley Stableford
* Nov. – Championship & AGM
* Oct. – Ivanhoe Stableford 7th October
* Sept – Report on Teams Championship at Beaufort
* Sept – Warburton in Spring
* July – Ringwood in Winter
* June – Waterford Valley a washout
* May – Autumn at Cardinia Beaconhills
* April – Yering Meadows on April Fools Day
* Mar. – New ESVGA course Berwick Montuna popular
* Feb. – Best field for 12 months at Gardiners Run
* Jan. – 2019 off to a good start at Eastwood.
A big winter field but a wet track at Ringwood – July 6th
A very healthy field of 94 played at Ringwood G.C. under cloudy skies, and with drizzling rain hanging around until late morning.
These inclement conditions, coupled with very heavy conditions underfoot, saw a moderate score of 34 wins the day. This surprised no-one, as the duel challenge of soggy fairways but lightning-fast greens, saw the bulk of the field struggle to get anywhere near 30+ points! Barry-Mitchell, off a golfer’s handicap of 9, clearly overcame these conditions to accumulate those 34 points. Great work, Barry!
As there were no carts available, some of our regular cart-players who attempted to walk the 18 holes faded on the last few, as heavy feet and sore bodies “kicked-in”. Your President was very much, one of these.
All-in-all, it was “a tough day at the office”, but we look forward to our next game-day, @ Churchill-Park, with great expectations!!
Late Update: Churchill-Waverley game cancelled due to Stage 3 COVID-19 lockdown.
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Golf returns, Ivanhoe restarts our season – June 1st.
How different a return to golf was at Ivanhoe! Using a timesheet start seemed to work well. (Shotgun starts still not allowed) The forty-nine members played on a challenging morning with preferred lies in operation. Overnight showers did not help the final numbers but players adapted well.
Sandwiches were very tasty and one could purchase coffee/wine/beer at the canteen naturally remembering to follow the correct social distancing. Players had all left the course before the really heavy rain arrived.
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Sunshine greets players at Berwick-Montuna – Mar. 2nd.
Despite the wet trip down, 83 brave souls battled their way through workday traffic and darkness for them to hit-off in the sunshine and what turned out to be a lovely day. Some were to rethink four hours later how difficult the course turned out to be.
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For many, enjoying the beautiful weather was to be their only win for the day. As the song goes “ I fought the course and the course won”. Leg muscles and lungs were well tested by the local topography but all ultimately survived to enjoy a great experience with their fellow members. Two that did really enjoy their golf were Kevin Moylan and David Bowles with 35 and 33 points to lead the field.
Interesting stats included the following: 11 players scored 10-19, 61 scored 20-29 and only 10 achieved scores in the thirties! The highest 23 to 36 handicap score was 26. These scores endorse the thoughts of many that the slope rating of 110 was about 10 lower than what it should have been. How might Healesville be a contrast with its shorter course including 7 par threes!
Barry Smith for ESVGA Committee
Wet weather gear for Eastwood in February – Feb 3rd.
110 players braved Melbourne’s slightly variable weather at Eastwood…rain, strong winds, sunshine etc. 39 was an excellent score considering the conditions. A few members chose to finish after the heavy rain arrived with a group waiting in the clubhouse, perhaps wondering if their decision had been correct when the sun appeared soon after 10 am.
Some players felt several bunkers and “long-grassed” greens added to the difficulties on the day, but when one thinks of the amount of rain the eastern suburbs of Melbourne suffered on the days before our game, it is understandable.
It was noted that Eastwood uses outside caterers and the “eco style” sandwich packaging seemed to be met with approval. Winner of the $100 voucher for a meal at Bucatini Restaurant & Bar at Mitcham was Stan Walker. Most players had left the course by 2.00 pm to head home and dry off.
Bruce Ferrall & Barry Smith
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A damp start to 2020 at Yering Meadows
Stableford 6th January
Following a week of very hot and gusty weather and with Victoria and NSW in the grip of disastrous bush fires, our first game found a damp course from soaking overnight rain. The game was played in a constant light drizzle but compared to a few days earlier I don’t think too many of our members would have complained.
After the very warm weather, it was a little unusual to have a cooler day and some showers. The smoke haze did have some visual effect with the hills in the background being almost impossible to see.
Bunkers were out of play which helped some members to register very good scores, (44 Wayne Barlow being the best).
The course was in very good order and our members who hired carts appreciated the price being kept at members’ rates.
Waterford Valley Stableford 9th December
Our early start did assist players in avoiding the main heat of a 39 degree day. A number of players struggled with the length of the course and the distance between holes. Finishing within 4 ½ hours was quite an effort.
The course was in good order and the catering staff did a fine job. Members enjoyed the free drink voucher. Peter Ridgwell (hole in one on the 5th), Dermot Magee and Daryl Dyer (both 38 Stableford points) had excellent days out.
Opposite is Bruce Bower our co-winner of the ESVGA Championship at Churchill-Waverley, (Churchill Park course) after collecting his engraved trophy.
Championship & AGM
The ESVGA held their annual Championships at Churchill Park G.C. on November 11th. Members encountered very pleasant weather conditions, great hospitality—-and a course in very good condition: although many of the scores clearly indicated a tough course, as most of the members struggled to play to their handicap!
A strong field of 100+ contested the various events.
Congratulations to Bruce Bower & Horst Eberius who tied for the Open Gross title, both shooting impressive 83’s “off-the-stick.”
The handicap winners were: Neil-Fletcher,( A-Grade winner with a Nett 74); Neil-Davis ( B-Grade scoring a Nett 72): & Wayne-Gates ( C-Grade with a Nett 71).
We conducted the 2019-20 AGM and following reports from the retiring Treasurer Gary Thompson and President Ron Hottes, farewelled popular long-serving committeemen, in Tom Tarrant and Ashley Mitchell. We also farewelled Gary Thompson, the retiring Treasurer.
Danny Cappellani, Ken Batrouney and Rod Coling were elected in their place, and we welcome them to the 2020 Committee.
Above Gary Thompson delivered the Treasurers report noting he retires leaving the ESVGA in a health state as he hands over to new treasurer Derek Wilson.
During Presentation, we drew the BIG member’s raffle too, with Geoff Spicer taking home the ParMaker buggy.
We now look forward to ending the calendar year—& commencing the new ESVGA year—- at Waterford-Valley, where we will “spread around” some Christmas spirit!
Ivanhoe Stableford 7th October
The day was fine and except for one member who decided on the LONG way to the course, all players teed-off on time.
The course was in very good condition with closely cut greens and most fairways providing some run. Preferred lies was not in operation. Carts were available at members’ rates of $33 and the catering staff provided excellent quality sandwiches which all enjoyed.
Report on the VVGA Team Championships at Beaufort
Two teams comprising Craig Cameron, Peter White & Trevor Watts in Team 1 and Jack Kerin, David Finn & Max Bracegirdle in Team 2 represented the ESVGA at the Team Championships held at Beaufort on 16th and 17th September.
Beaufort was a good country course. Obviously lots of effort was put in by the locals to present the course as the best it could be.
We enjoyed our trip to Beaufort, despite it being rather an unsuccessful one! The course played a lot harder than its 116 rating with only one player each day playing to his handicap, both of those were low handicappers and both were on the winning North Eastern team. Our team two played mid-twenties both days.
Team one faired a little better as it was mainly made-up of lower handicappers. Peter White snapped up a nearest the pin and a ball, which was the extent of our prizes.
In the first round Jack Kerin was playing with John who just happens to be the Vice-President of the Victoria Veteran Golfers Association. He shared his story about his accommodation. His room was doubled-booked and he ended up staying at the owner’s place.
The greens were very tricky. According to John Robinson secretary of the organising district, Sunday’s rain allowed little run on the fringes of the greens but once on the green they were hard and fast.
The weather overnight Sunday (17mm of rain) left the course very soggy in places, which, combined with a relatively breezy day made scoring difficult on the Monday.
Despite a very cold Tuesday morning of minus 1 (and up to a maximum of 12), players scoring improved markedly.
The women of Beaufort provided a fine range of food, lunch for all the players for the first day, plus sandwiches and cake and a superb dinner. Many locals became Uber drivers so the players could attend the dinner and have a few drinks.
We were all made welcome at Beaufort, which is a very friendly town and they have invited us back any time.
Jack Kerin, Peter White, Max Bracegirdle
Warburton in Spring – 2nd Sept
Sixty-nine players including a good percentage of locals enjoyed the challenges of the Warburton golf course. Overnight rain softened the course but generally sunny weather prevailed on the day. The course was in good condition and preferred lies continued to be used. Greens were quite variable with some being quick and others affected by recent rains.
Scoring was difficult with barely 20% of the field achieving + 30 points.
One or two members became a little “lost” as did the clubs of several other members!
Hospitality was excellent as is normal at Warburton GC.
Ringwood in Winter – 1st July
Ringwood golf course was in good condition considering the week of rain leading up to the game. The day was mainly overcast with the odd sunny periods and no rain. A good field enjoyed the day with winners scoring in the high thirties.
Waterford Valley a washout – 3rd June
With predictions of severe storms the management at Waterford Valley kindly agreed to postpone the game to 9th December. Although the worst of the storms avoided the course carts would not have been allowed on course. Most members were appreciative of the change and are looking forward to the summer time spot.
Autumn at Cardinia Beaconhills – 6th May
At Beaconhills Monday 6th May
Very pleasant weather was the order of the day at Beaconhills, although the atmosphere appeared quite heavy which seemed to reduce the distance even the good players were hitting. Once President Ron had sorted-out the cost of the hired carts, players headed for their respective tees.
The course’s many tabletop greens which were in very good condition, tested players, many of whom found them rather slick. Unfortunately, the fairways could not be considered to be of a consistent standard with several having been cut to the detriment of the overall grass cover. Many members found it difficult to get the ball off the ground. An indication was the fact that only one player scored over 40 points. Again, the issue of a slope rating of only 114 was raised.
Members were provided with tasty sandwiches and the staff were very obliging. Similar to last time, there were a few members who “lost their way” home and did some extra kilometres.
Yering Meadows on April Fools Day – April
President R0n’s Aprils fools day joke of presenting pink NAGA balls to the worst scores in each grade fell a little flat when many commented “what a good idea”.
Yering Meadows Golf Club provided very good weather for our first 8.30 am start in 2019. A mix up with the end of Daylight Savings time saw us start later than normal.
The course was in good condition except for the bunkers where weekend rain had required all to be played as GUR.
Thus winning scores were all in the forties.
Sinking eagle putts is becoming quite common-place at Yering Meadows and two more were achieved by Trevor Watts Par 4 2nd and Tex Van Der Kooi Par 4 14th …well done to both of them. Checkout other achievements here.
As is the norm at Yering Meadows, all members were well catered-for by Pro Shop supervisor Craig and catering staff Sarah (events co-ordinator) and Jesse (bar co-ordinator).
Barry Smith & Neil Muller
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New ESVGA course Berwick Montuna popular – March
Visiting A New Course
Again our association dodged the recent hot weather when we visited Berwick-Montuna for the first time. The course was generally in very good condition. There was initially some concern about the layout with thirteen holes in one section and the remaining five being a considerable distance away. However, players adjusted well and except for some initial hiccups, play ran smoothly.
The B-M GC management was very welcoming and catering was up to standard. Members appreciated the drink voucher and other than the unavailability of light beer, most players finished the round making positive reports on the day.
Several members commented-on Berwick-Montuna Golf Course’s close proximity to the Cardinia-Beaconhills Golf Course and this will be discussed in a future committee meeting.
Best field for 12 months at Gardiners Run – Feb. 2019
Our association sent out 124 players at Gardiners Run, being the highest total for more than twelve months. Despite the confusion on cart hire cost, players generally spoke favourably about the day.
Many high scores meant close results and players should be congratulated on the fact that few complaints of slow play were heard and most members had left the course by 2.00 pm.
2019 off to a good start at Eastwood – January 2019
One hundred and ten golfers enjoyed Eastwood in magnificent condition, although the greens were a little fast for some non Eastwood members.
Neil Muller for ESVGA Committee