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July – Ringwood Golf Course – an enjoyable day
June – Ivanhoe game cancelled due to COVID-19 lock-down.
May – Waterford Valley Golf Course in light rain
*  AprilVale Ted Baker, Life member ESVGA
AprilWarburton Golf Course
March – Back at Waverley Golf Course
Good weather for Berwick-Montuna
Jan. – A damp start to the year again!
Jan.COVID-19 delayed AGM at Eastwood

Ringwood Golf Course – an enjoyable day in July

At Ringwood Golf  Course 68 hardy members gathered to tackle the elements & the course.
And, here are the positives!
The weather was extraordinarily kind to us—cold early, but NO rain. The course was in as good a condition as most of the members had seen it—ever—for this time of year! The catering was “spot-on” with lovely sangers—and plenty of them!! The scores overall were “varied” but quite a few in the field scored 30+ points. And, finally, the pro-shop staff and the caterers were very attentive to our requests.

Overall, a fun day that ran smoothly, especially due to the hard-working Committee members that I had at my disposal ———– Derek, Bruce, Ken, Dave.

Those who played made it very clear that they hope to play there again in 2022.
The following 3 place-getters are especially fond of R.G.C. right now—Brian-Cullen, (top score with 36 well- compiled points), Noel-Blythe, (2nd on a count-back) and Michael-Whitehead, (3rd also on 35).​​

The negatives—Your esteemed, but incompetent President was officially announced as the NARGA winner with a superb 18 points—no, David-Waters, not for the front nine!! ( You know, members, it’s very hard to average 1 point a hole over the whole round!! ) Apparently, he was claiming this was the round where the Pres. had to stand up and make the other 67 in the field feel good!!!

But, overall, a very enjoyable day was had by all—and we were on our way home before 1.45p.m.

*Hope to see all of you, and many more, at lovely Rosanna, on August 2nd.
Ron Hottes for ESVGA Committee

Waterford Valley Golf Course in light rain 

The day started with a strong breeze that soon developed into constant light rain for the remainder of the day. The photos shows shorts were still a popular attire for many.

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The 3 Peters, Benson, Long and Perry pre game.

David Waters playing from the bunker on the Par 3 13th hole





Only a President can land a shot like this! How did he get there in the first place

” Under grey and drizzly skies, a field of some 84 hardy members tackled the challenging course that is Waterford-Valley. The conditions were challenging enough, but this course is tight and littered with many hidden hurdles on the way around 18 well-designed holes.

The best scores in were from Alan-McMeekin, with an impressive 39 points, Greg-Allan, ( 37), Rod-Woodhams, (35) and Neil-Muller, who finally found his old form, with 34 points!

Dave Rogers preparing his approach to the Par 4 14th green

Ralph Altman putting from the fringe Par 4 14th hole

Ralph Altman driving on the Par 4 16th hole



David Waters sinks a beauty on the Par 4 16th hole














Ray-Cross was the lucky recipient of the “special” raffle voucher, donated by the Waterford-Valley club! As always, our group was treated very hospitably by the Clubhouse staff at Waterford. The “sangers” were very tasty.

As an aside, the President and the Vice-President played together, recording 2 of the lowest scores on the day. Both of them agreed they need to find other playing partners to motivate them at our next game-day.

Speaking of which, the June game is to be hosted at the quirky & unique Ivanhoe course! Already there is a healthy field booked-in, so get in early if you want to book a cart as there are only 8 available!

Presentation time. President Ron Hottes seen announcing the days winners

See you there on June 7th at Ivanhoe!! ”
Ron Hottes

Vale Ted Baker, Life member ESVGA

 31/10/1928 – 12/4/2021

Ted joined the ESVGA as an inaugural member in November 1984.

He was elected to the Committee four years later serving as a general committee member before taking up the position of president from 1994-1998 inclusive. (1998 was the year that one of our current life members, Tom Tarrant joined the ESVGA!)

Ted was followed in that role of president by another ESVGA life member, the late Jack Melki.

He was a very good tennis player and was also a long-term member of Box Hill Golf Club, with Life Membership being bestowed on Ted in his last year as president.

He started the Monday morning seniors’ competition at Box Hill until he was well into his eighties eventually passing that responsibility on to Ashley Mitchell who is another current ESVGA member.               

Ted was a very enthusiastic member of our association and in past communication with our secretary Neil Muller, he indicated that he held very fond memories of his time with the ESVGA.

Ted died peacefully in his sleep on Monday 12th April.

His funeral service was held a week later at the Box Hill Golf Club, with our association being represented by Barry Smith and  Ashley Mitchell.

Barry Smith for the ESVGA Committee

A disappointing field for Warburton in April

At Warburton, on Monday 12th April, a strange thing occurred–the numbers leading up to the day shrunk, (eventually down to a disappointing 63), but on the day, the weather improved! We did not get wet; it was not all that cold and—the course presented remarkably well, considering the 60+ mm of precipitation we had during the 48 hours before!! The scores varied from very impressive down to—“I don’t want to talk about it!”

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Grant Falcke putting watched by Steuart Hawke on the 8th

Phil Guscott putting, watched by Allan-Hubbard & Steuart-Hawke on the 8th

Rip Byrdy teeing-off watched by Barry Lacy, Alan McMeekin and Chris Crook.

Players on the NTP 3rd hole

L-R Rod Woodham, Peter Johnson, Barry Mitchell & Phil Pearson on the 18th

L-R Mick Eldridge, Neil Leckenby & Tex V.D. Kooi on the 1st



















On the course, a new member, Rod Woodham, “blitzed” the field, racking up 39 superb points. ( And—he hadn’t played there before!!) A local member, Paul-Kennedy grabbed the R/up voucher, with 37 solid points. And, Robin-Ladd grabbed 3rd with 36. NTP winners were Noel-Blythe, (A-Grade), Geoff-Falcke, (B) and Rod-Coling (C).

Phil Pearson plays to the 18th green

President Ron Hottes during presentations








But all enjoyed conviviality, sandwiches AND cake afterwards in the warm, comfortable ClubhouseAn enjoyable day was had by all, even if their score was a little on the “light” side.

And, now, it’s on to Waterford-Valley, set down for May 10th, where a bumper field is already booked-in to vie for the spoils.

After game drinks, sandwiches and cakes

After game drinks, sandwiches and cakes







Ron Hottes for ESVGA Committee

Back at Waverley maybe for the last time! – 1st March

” The first day of Autumn saw a healthy ESVGA field of 97 descend on Waverley G.C.
We found the course in good condition, bar for fairly bare bunkers and inconsistent greens. ( Some were very slow and wet; some were quite fast.)
It was, therefore not surprising that the top score on the day was a 38-point effort from Mr. Consistent, Peter-Noar. Peter-Perry matched that, to sneak in for the R/up voucher.

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Ron Hottes sinks a fine 2 metre putt on the 4th hole.

Amaury De Rosbo putts in on the way to 36 points







Stan Lee pushes up the slope towards the 11th green.

Terry Drummy on the 14th tee, watched on by Peter Beever & Ray Coutts.







Many in the field went away with a prize, because besides the ball run-down, there were a dozen bottles of wine to distribute, courtesy of Horst-Eberius! Thanks, Horst!
Our catering needs were met both professionally and pleasantly by Waverley’s “in-house” staff. The general feedback from those who played was that a pleasing day’s golf was had by all. ( Of course, the lovely weather and the fine company helped the atmosphere!!)

Ron Hottes watches his ball fly to the 8th green.

Barry Smith watches his ball off the 6th tee.









John Mahoney tees off the 6th tee, watched by Bruce Ferrall, Ken Batrouney and David Waters.

Dermot Magee hits out from under the trees watched by Horst Eberius.

And, so, it’s on to Warburton, on April 12th, for a “totally unique” golfing experience. The President is VERY pleased to see the healthiest field, numbers-wise, assembled to tackle the Warbie-hills.
Expect sandwiches AND sweets after you finish your game! See you there!! “

Ron Hottes
for the ESVGA committee 

Good weather for Berwick-Montuna – 1st Feb.

7th green looking towards Berwick-Montiuna Clubhouse

” With the weather gods smiling kindly on us, and met with much-improved course conditions at Berwick-Montuna, some 90 ESVGA players enjoyed a most pleasant game on this particular Monday.

David Waters on the notorious Par 4 10th hole. Its water for Waters!

 Indeed, there seemed to be a renewed spirit among our members as they see their monthly game rapidly returning to some kind of pre-COVID-19 normality. We were treated very amicably both on this pretty rural course and afterwards, in their airy and friendly clubhouse. The club staff attended to us in a most attentive manner.


 The winner on the day, Mick-Eldridge, from Warburton G.C. had a day he will NOT forget in a while. It was not enough for him to amass 39 well-constructed points out on the course; he also “snared” the 1st AND 2nd prizes in the daily raffle. He seemed most pleased with his day’s work!! 

A day to remember for event & raffle winner Mick Eldridge on the 5th hole.

Mick Eldridge with his raffle prize

David Waters on the 11th tee


Generally, though, all of our members look forward to returning there sometime in 2022, but also to our next game, at Waverley G.C. in exactly one month—on March 1st. See you there! ”

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Graeme Fox and Ken Batrouney in casual conversation

A happy group – Sanjay Misra, CP Lee, Ivan Milicevich and Daryl Dyer

Paddy Leahy and Roger Birchall slip past in their cart

Ron Hottes
for the ESVGA committee 

Kevin Kane tees off.

A damp start to 2021 at Eastwood – Jan. 4th

Our first game for the new year of 2021 at Eastwood turned out to be one of endurance. The persistent drizzle and occasional shower made playing good golf challenging. The course was in good condition and despite the moisture, the greens had plenty of pace.

Barry Smith playing on the 7th hole.

Barry Smith waiting to play to the 15th green



A positive for the day was the adding of five new players to our membership list plus one more as a returning member. Everyone followed the Eastwood GC request of mandatory wearing of masks inside except when eating/drinking.



The AGM and presentation ran fairly smoothly and players had departed before 2.00 pm. At the AGM members overwhelmingly endorsed a well deserved Life Membership to Barry Smith.

ESVGA Committee

Derek Wilson (left), Barry Smith & Neil Muller announcing Barry’s Life Membership.

Robert Connaughton (L), Bruce Robinson and Amaury De Rosbo on the deck at Eastwood.