Annual Report

Group 20         
Western Sydney Region Veteran Golfers Association
Annual  Report  2017                                                               
Chris Evans  (Hon.Sec.)

2017 was our eighth full year of operation as the Western Sydney Region Veterans Group.

WSRVGA comprises eight Clubs, being Dunheved Glenmore, Leonay, Penrith, Richmond, Springwood, Stonecutters, and Wallacia. 

At the November 2016 AGM, the following members were re-elected as the Executive:

President:                      Les Knox (Leonay)            
Vice Presidents:             Noel Byles (Richmond), John Lovatt (Glenmore), Kim Stockbridge (Stonecutters
Secretary/Treasurer:      Chris Evans (Richmond)

We aim to encourage golf to be played in a spirit of keen competition and good fellowship with a strong emphasis on social interchange. Many members tell us that they enjoy the high levels of camaraderie at each interclub event and our Council is well supported by all member clubs. 

Membership growth remained strong during the year with total player numbers at 715.

Eight interclub events were held in 2017 and we were delighted to achieve full playing fields of 144 (all shotgun starts). Guardian Funerals continued as major sponsors and we played for the annual Guardian Funerals Club Cup, a team competition based on the best four individual scores by each club at each event. Jayco Sydney joined us as a new sponsor and provided fabulous motorhome holiday experiences for some lucky members. Frasers Property Australia, the Richmond Club and One Point Health continued as generous sponsors.

The highlight of the year was again Western Sydney hosting the NSWVGA State Strokeplay Championships. The tournament, in its 25th year, was dogged by heavy rains in the lead up to the event, yet miraculously was played in fine weather at Richmond, Glenmore and Stonecutters Ridge. Amid thunderous applause, Leonay veteran Laurie Cupples became the first local to win the Championship with rounds of 72,80 and 76 (228), four strokes clear of prolific champion Col Kenning (Kiama) and Geoff Shute (Dunheved). Nett winner was Stephen Jones (Dunheved) from Nick Korotkich (Shortland).

At our final Club of the Year event at Wallacia Golf Club on Monday 30 October, Dunheved secured the Club of the Year trophy for the second year in a row, this time by just 9 points from runners-up Richmond. Lady Player of the Year was Elaine Williams (Dunheved)(113 pts) from Jo-Ellen Thorpe (Wallacia)(107 pts).  The Men's Player of the Year was Joe Sainsbury (Dunheved)(121 pts) from John Lawrance (Richmond)(119 pts).

Chris Evans, Hon. Sec. 30/10/17