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JulyA 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
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  Sept – Warburton in Spring
July – Ringwood in Winter
*  June – Waterford Valley a washout
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  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.

John Wicks, Ray Cross, Steuart Hawke and Neil Smith head down the 16th fairway

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!

Ron Hottes and Derek Wilson contemplate putting on the 11th green

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.

Jack Huel, Bruce Ferrall & John O’Dwyer dodge the water at Ringwood

All-in-all, it was “a tough day at the office”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Ron Hottes
for ESVGA Committee

Golf returns, Ivanhoe restarts our season – June 1st.

Ron Hottes climbs into Cart Number 1!

Ron Hottes climbs into Cart Number 1!

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.

Leo Van Neuren and Derek Wilson prepare to tee off at the 10th.

Leo Van Neuren and Derek Wilson prepare to tee off at the 10th.

Ron Hottes and Dermot Magee enjoy a sandwich with social distancing

Ron Hottes and Dermot Magee enjoy a sandwich with social distancing in mind.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Barry Smith
for ESVGA Committee


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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John Hall watches his drive on the uphill par 3 at the 18th tee

Preparing to hit off on the 7th are Barry McDiarmid and Ken Steele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rod Coling waits while Andrew McMath putts out. Par 3 18th Hole

 

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.

Ray Cross heads uphill towards the 18th green

 

 

 

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!

Sanjay Misra putting watched by Peter Barnes, Alan Teather and Daryl Dyer

Tom Tarrant tees off watched by David Waters & John McAndrew

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.

Keith Roberts indicates a definite dislike of the weather

Contrast in golf wear…Roy Turner (Left) and Charles Watt

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.

Ivan Milicevich marking his ball, C P Lee at the flag while Rod Coling watches on.

Barry Phillips (Left) and John Campbell relax in a cart

Terry Waterbeek (Left)and Graeme Luxford finish packing up their golf gear

Bruce Ferrall & Barry Smith
for ESVGA Committee


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.

Michael Mulcahy and Malcolm Lansdown watch Rod Coling drive on the 1st.

Michael Mulcahy and Malcolm Lansdown watch Rod Coling tee shot on the 1st.

Guest Andy Lockey Chipping on the 18th green

Andy Lockey (guest) chipping on the 18th green

L-R Andy Lockey (guest), Jack Kerin & Phil Pearson preparing to putt on the 18th green

L-R Andy Lockey (guest) & Jack Kerin on the 18th green watch Phil Pearson preparing to putt.

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.

Members studying their VVGA Parmaker handbooks

Members studying their VVGA Parmaker handbooks

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.

David Waters watches his drive on the Par 4 Hole 16

David Waters watches his drive on the Par 4 Hole 16

Peter Benson (Left) and Peter Perry at the Par 3 13th hole

Daryl Dyer sits content knowing he has won A Grade!

Ken Steele is congratulated by Ron Hottes after winning one of the raffle prizes. Rod Coling looks on.

Our co-winner of the ESVGA Championship at Churchill Waverley is Bruce Bower

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!

ESVGA 2019 Champions Bruce Bower & Horst Eberius

ESVGA 2019 Champions Bruce Bower & Horst Eberius

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).

Gary Thompson delivering his Treasurers Report.

Gary Thompson delivering his Treasurers Report.

 

 

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.

Barry Smith congratulates Tom Tarrant for his 21 years on Committee

Vice President Barry Smith congratulates Tom Tarrant for his 21 years on Committee

 

During Presentation, we drew the BIG member’s raffle too, with Geoff Spicer taking home the ParMaker buggy.

 

C Grade winner Wayne Gates with Champions Bruce Bower & Horst Eberius

C Grade winner Wayne Gates with Champions Bruce Bower & Horst Eberius

 

 

 

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!

Ron Hottes


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.

Getting the gear ready is early-bird Roger Kilby

Getting the gear ready is early-bird Roger Kilby

Looking down from the 14th tee

Looking down from the 14th tee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Driving down the Par 5 6th fairway

Driving down the Par 5 6th fairway

Michael Mulcahy striding up the 7th fairway

Michael Mulcahy striding up the 7th fairway

 

 

 

Barry McDiarmid and Gerard Fogarty seem very relaxed before teeing-off on the 6th tee

Barry McDiarmid and Gerard Fogarty seem very relaxed before teeing-off on the 6th tee

appy C grade winner Kel Nesbitt

Happy C grade winner Kel Nesbitt

 



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.

Our team: David Finn, Craig Cameron, Peter White, Jack Kerin, Trevor Watts & Max Bracegirdle

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 Championships perpetual trophy

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.

 

A frosty start on day 2 at Hole 2 Beaufort Golf Course

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.

Ray Keppie and Graeme Salter

Ray Keppie and Graeme Salter

President and eventual A grade winner Ron Hottes tees off.

President and eventual A grade winner Ron Hottes tees off.

Gary Gray putts while Alan McMeekin, Ralph Altman and Chris Crook look on

Neil Muller in conversation with Derek Wilson

Neil Muller in conversation with Derek Wilson


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.

John Mathews putts, watched on by Dave Rogers left and Taff Davies

John Mathews putts, watched on by Dave Rogers left and Taff Davies

Taff Davies tees off

Taff Davies tees off on the Par 3 3rd 182 metres


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.


(Posted 9/05/2019)

Autumn at Cardinia Beaconhills – 6th May

Tex van der Kooi watched by a gallery of Kangaroos on the Par 5 3rd hole.

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.

Craig Cameron is rewarded for his thoughtfulness by winning A grade!

Paul Kennedy drives out of the rough.

 

Barry looks happy about his 3 month holiday up North

 

 

 

 

 

Neil smith and Ashley Mitchell wait patiently on the green.

Neil smith (left) and Ashley Mitchell wait patiently on the green.

 

 

Here the geese get some Huel fuel from Jack

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.

Eddy Secker and Max Baxter check their scorecards.

Eddy Secker and Max Baxter check their scorecards.

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.

 

 


(Posted 10/04/2019)

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”.

A grade winner Bill Bussau sights-up the distance

Amaury De Rosbo, Jeff Davies, Daniel Ervin and Bruce Robinson are happy to pose.

Keith Eddison follows through beautifully.

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.

New member Nahad Harrak prepares to hit as Life Member Jack Melki watches on.

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).

Surveying the green is Gray Harrison watched on by David Waters, John McFarlane and Eivion Williams.

Alan Robinson and Don Clarke wait patiently.

Barry Smith & Neil Muller
for ESVGA Committee


(Posted 6/03/2019)

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.

Gary Thompson marking his ball watched by Derek Wilson and Paul Crossman.

Paul Crossman watches Derek Wilson putting

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Panoramic view of Berwick Montuna famous Hole 10.


(Posted 6/02/2019)

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.

Max Bracegirdle and Keith Eddison waiting for the siren.

John Whyte paying for his green fees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derek Wilson packs away his gear after an enjoyable round of golf.

Well done Graeme Fox who is returning his sand bucket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Relaxed and enjoying themselves are Craig Cameron, David Finn, Horst Eberius and Dermot Magee.


(Posted 10/01/2019)

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.

Tom Tarrant looks on as David Waters plays to the Par 3 2nd hole.

David Waters in trouble off the tee on the 379 metre Par 4 7th.

David Waters putting for Par on the 7th but settles for a 2 put boggy.

Neil Muller for ESVGA Committee