Current News & Member Information
* May – Waterford Valley Golf Course in light rain
* April – Vale Ted Baker, Life member ESVGA
* April – Warburton Golf Course
* March – Back at Waverley Golf Course
* Feb. – Good weather for Berwick-Montuna
* Jan. – A damp start to the year again!
* Jan. – COVID-19 delayed AGM at Eastwood
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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” 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!
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!
See you there on June 7th at Ivanhoe!! ”
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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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).
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.
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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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!!)
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!! “
for the ESVGA committee
Good weather for Berwick-Montuna – 1st Feb.
” 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.
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!!
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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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.
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.