President’s Report

PRESIDENT’S REPORT TO THE 9TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE WESTERN SYDNEY REGION VETERAN GOLFERS ASSOCIATION.

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to present my 6th annual report on the activities of WSRVGA during 2017 for your consideration and adoption.

Our Association has had another outstandingly successful year.  This could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication from my fellow Executive, Club Delegates and the Tournament Organizers at each of the events conducted throughout the year.

Membership continues to be strong within our Association but we must continue to strive to meet our objectives of playing golf in a spirit of keen competition and good fellowship with a strong emphasis on social interchange.

Lady Members continued to support our Interclub Events, but we must look at ways of getting an even greater lady participation.  Perhaps one day we might see Lady Members making up 30 percent of our fields.

Thanks to the course staff at the various events for presenting their courses in the best possible conditions, often battling adverse weather conditions. During the early part of the season, until mid-April, we experienced above average rain fall and then a prolonged dry spell.

NSWVGA 54 HOLES STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Our Association again hosted the NSWVGA 54 holes Strokeplay Championships for the 4th time in 2017. The Championship was held at Richmond, Glenmore Heritage Valley and Stonecutters Ridge. Thanks to those clubs for making their courses available. 

This year we encountered extremely wet conditions and it was only through the generosity of Management at each of the courses that the tournament was able to proceed.  This generosity extended to allowing motorised carts on the courses which is a necessity when running a veteran tournament.

WSRVGA will again host this event in 2018 when it will be played at Richmond, Dunheved and Stonecutters Ridge golf courses.

Congratulations to Laurie Cupples from Leonay who won the event with rounds of 72, 80 and 76 (228) from Col Kenning (Kiama) and Geoff Shute (Dunheved). Excellent scores given the conditions that existed. Nett winner was Stephen Jones (Dunheved) from Nick Korotkich (Shortland).

Once again the tournament was an outstanding success and received high praise from all quarters involved.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tournament Committee, (Chris Evans, Noel Byles, John Lovatt and Kim Stockbridge) Councillors, players and media coverage.  This includes various website including, NSWVGA (Paul Horton), AUSOON.COM (Dennis Dale), AUSTRALIAN SENIOR GOLFER (Brian O’Hare) and GOLF NSW.

Thanks to Kim and the rest of the team we were able to proceed with presentations as soon as lunch and the raffle had been completed on the final day.  This was an incredible achievement given that there are 31 different winners over the 3 days with only one trophy being allocated per player.

SPONSORSHIP

The Association are indebted to our generous sponsors; The Richmond Club, Guardian Funerals, Frasers Property, Jayco Sydney and One Point Health.  It is through this sponsorship that the Association is able to allocate $500 and raffle prizes (Campervan Holiday, television and gift vouchers) towards trophies and raffles at Interclub events.

We were very pleased to gain Jayco Sydney as a major sponsor during the year.  Discussions are continuing with Mike Grima and Madelyn Wadley from Jayco Sydney in relation to sponsorship in 2018, but no decision will be made until the second half of November.

We must continue to look at ways of how we can support and promote our sponsors as their representatives must have information they can take to their management to sell the sponsorship.  For example, Mike and Madelyn posed the question if they were to provide a Jayco Sydney beer coaster, could they be displayed in clubs in the week leading up to the event they are hosting.

Your suggestions or recommendations on how we can support and promote our sponsors would be appreciated.

Our Association continues to be in a strong financial position as you will see from the Treasurer’s and Auditor’s reports, but we must be aware this largely depends upon us retaining our current level of sponsorship.

CLUB AND PLAYER OF THE YEAR.

With one round to go at Wallacia on the 30th October the winners have not been finalised.  At the time of submitting this report the leading scores are:

Men:

Joe Sainsbury (121) Dunheved, Robert Delaney (110) Dunheved, John Edwards (109) Glenmore and Greg Williams (109) Dunheved.

Ladies:

Elaine Williams (110) Dunheved, Jo-Ellen Thorpe (107) Wallacia.

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Dunheved (1,031), Richmond (1,016)

Presentations will take place at the first event in 2018 at Stonecutters Ridge on the 14th February.

WEBSITE

We are indeed lucky to now have Michelle May, who is the daughter of Russ Cruickshank from Penrith, as our Webmaster.  Russ will operate as the Manager of the website updating results and information on the site.

Information to be placed on the site must be authorised by Chris or myself so that we still have control of our site.

The website is only as good as the information you supply.  Photographs, stories etc., relative to your respective clubs can be placed on the site.

Results of each of the interclub events will become available on the site, hopefully by the day following the event.

CONCLUSION

A number of our members or family members have not enjoyed the best of health during the year.  Our best wishes go to all for a full and speedy recovery.

In conclusion, on behalf of my wife and myself, I wish you and your respective families a very happy and safe festive season.  Hopefully 2018 brings some good rounds of golf, but above all good health and friendship with fellow veteran golfers.

Les Knox

President WSRVGA.