2013 Annual Report


Group 20         
Western Sydney Region Veteran Golfers Association
Annual  Report  2013                                                                 
Chris Evans  (Hon.Sec.)

2013 was our fourth full year of operation as the Western Sydney Region Veterans Group.

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

At the November 2012 AGM, the following members were elected as the Executive:

President:                        Les Knox (Leonay)            
Vice Presidents:             Noel Byles (Richmond), Keith Wakefield (Leonay), Terry Sharpe (Wallacia)
Secretary/Treasurer:      Chris Evans (Richmond)

Our Mission is to foster Veterans golf in our region through a calendar of events hosted by member clubs and endorsed by the Association. We aim to encourage golf to be played in a spirit of keen competition and good fellowship with a strong emphasis on social interchange.

Membership growth during the year continued strongly with player numbers reaching 750 by September (an increase of 130 from 2012). Penrith GC Vets joined us as a new member club from the start of 2013 with an initial group of 58 players.

Eight interclub events were held in 2013 with an average playing field of 140 (112 males/28 females). The Richmond Club became our major sponsor and we played for the annual Richmond Club Cup, a team competition based on the best four individual scores by each club at each event. Australand Pty Ltd, the developer of the old Ashlar site, were also generous sponsors in 2013. Dunn and Farrugia, the fencing people of Penrith and an Australia wide company, continued as a third sponsor.

Each host club presented their course in excellent condition, weather was generally favourable and fine, and convivialities in the clubhouse after each event were always positive. We reviewed each event to support each club to achieve a more consistent and professionally-run tournament at the next opportunity.

A highlight of the year was Group 20 gaining the hosting rights for the NSWVGA State Strokeplay Championships for the next 3 years. This opportunity coincides with Richmond Golf Club gaining hosting rights for the Australian Seniors PGA Championships in 2013.

Windsor Country Club hosted our final Club of the Year event in October. Glenmore won the Richmond Club, Club of the Year, narrowly from Stonecutters. Richmond Club Ladies Player of the Year was Elaine Lovatt with runner up Jean Kenyon (both Glenmore) and the Richmond Club men’s winner was Stuart Rooke (Windsor) from Fred Croyston (Stonecutters).