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PORT FAIRY GOLF CLUB NEWS for 25 November, 2010

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VGA Moyne Seniors Classic

Today and tomorrow sixty of the state’s best over 55 years of age golfers will be competing in the annual ‘Moyne Seniors Classic’. The event is run over 36 holes as part of the Victorian Senior Order of Merit leading to the awarding of the ‘Doug Bachli Trophy’ after the final events in December. As in previous years the club expects keen competition and a polished exhibition of golf from entrants. A social dinner is also part of the program with the club hosting the dinner and also providing lunches on each day.

Club Champion to Professional.

After his solid showing at the recent pre qualifying round for the Australian Masters and good results in his six appearances in PGA ability trials, Dylan O’Keeffe has received the news that he has been accepted into the PGA traineeship program. Dylan, employed by local pro shop operator and club professional Paul Smith will continue his work here in Port Fairy whilst undertaking the traineeship which if successful will qualify Dylan, our 2010 Club Champion, to become a professional. All at the club wish Dylan the well with his chosen career as we have witnessed firsthand his determination and drive to achieve.

Photo: Dylan O’Keefe to turn Professional through the PGA traineeship program.

Course Development.

Another stand of older cypress trees have been removed from the edge of the practice and eighteenth fairways to allow for redevelopment of this area within the latest master plan. The area will be replanted with appropriate species and will incorporate an out of bounds fence. A new tee box for the male golfers redirects play away from the out of bounds area thus reducing the overlap of the two areas.

New year approaches.

As the weather warms up we turn our attention to the summer months of golfing. The women’s golfing year has moved into recess and the influx of visitors has already begun. Some local social groups and companies are exploring ways of incorporating golf into the end of year functions whilst a relaxing glass at the bar after a solid round seems more enjoyable in these weather conditions. Social Club ‘Turkey Day’ is scheduled for Sunday 5 December with a two person ambrose beginning at 12.00 noon. A cold meat dinner will be provided at the completion of play. Competitors are reminded to place their name on the booking sheet on the notice board for catering purposes.



PORT FAIRY GOLF CLUB NEWS for 18 November, 2010

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Women’s season ends

Last Thursday was the last event in the women’s season for 2010. A good field of 42 turned out for the 9 holes out and 9 holes in stableford multiplication event. Fortunately the weather was fine and unlike the brutal winter conditions, thus everyone was able to enjoy their golfing experience though it goes without saying that everyone didn’t enjoy their score. The eventual winners were Di Grieves and Helen Greene with a score of 43 points that was good enough to defeat Jill Rasmussen and Kaye Patterson whose 42 points won second place on count back from Beryl Duncan and Nicky Aitkinson. The main trophy winner for the season was Di Robinson who took home several prizes. This was another successful season for the women and we look forward to having them back on the course for their opening day on 24 February 2011. 

Photos: Helen Rix, Medal of Medallists. Judy Stephens, Most Improved Golfer. 


The main event on Saturday was stableford and despite the cold, cloudy and drizzly weather 103 hardy souls turned out to try their luck and test their golfing skills. Graham King, Wayne Jenkins and Braithe King demonstrated they possessed the necessary skills on the day with each of them winning their respective grades. Wayne and Braithe both recorded the excellent score of 44 points. In the women’s division Sally Clark pipped Judy Stephens on count back when both scored 40 points. 

Wednesday’s Pro Comp again produced the best score of the week when Bill Stewart topped his 45 points of last week with a stunning 47 points this week. Well done Bill, exceptional golf and he didn’t stop there as he followed-up with a 44 point round in the veteran’s event on Monday. However, on this occasion his score was only good enough for second as Kevin Garton registered a sterling 45 points. In the junior event on Saturday Noah Best triumphed with a fine Nett 87 to win from Matt Cameron. 

The Moyne Senior’s Classic returns to Port Fairy on the 25th and 26th of November. This very popular event usually attracts a field of 70 to 80 senior golfers from around Australia and the Club is looking forward to hosting them and hearing their opinions on recent changes to the course.


PORT FAIRY GOLF CLUB NEWS for 11 November, 2010

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Presentation night

This week the actual play of the game took second place as the Club held its annual Presentation night to recognise those who excelled in the main competitions during the year. Golf is a game where many strive but only a few succeed and it is fitting that a special dinner is held to pay tribute to the select few. The main prizes are all difficult to win but none more so than the title of men’s or women’s Club Champion.

This year Dylan O’Keefe was the men’s champion, a trophy he added to the match play title that he won earlier in the year. Dylan’s score of even par over four rounds is the lowest in the history of the Championship. Still a teenager, Dylan has his mind set on more significant golfing prizes in the not too distant future.

Anne Dwyer won the women’s championship for the fourth time in the last five years, an exceptional effort, but with two children and a farm to run it’s expected that she will be on the scene for a while yet, especially given her wonderful local caddy.

Congratulations to them for their golfing prowess and for the spirit in which they played, and the same can be said for all the other winners as well.

Photos: Men’s Champion Dylan OKeefe with Club President Peter Smith and Captain Pat Grant.
Women’s Champion Anne Dwyer with 2010 Women’s President Anne Eccles and 2010 Women’s Secretary, Pam Brebner


The number of players on Saturday was close to normal for this time of year and a pleasure to see after last week’s weather depleted effort. Cameron Sewell won the Captain’s Cup and Monthly Medal with a fine nett 66 that was three shots better than the next best score. Bill Stewart triumphed in the Wednesday Pro Comp with a stirling 45 stableford points that easily accounted for runner-up Gordon Duff on 41points.

The women held their second last competition for the season on Oak’s Day where Jill Rasmussen and Pam Brebner displayed too much skill for Denise Harman and Judy Stephens to win the Pinehurst event by nearly four shots.

The Moyne Senior’s Classic returns to Port Fairy on the 25th and 26th of November. This very popular event usually attracts a field of 70 to 80 senior golfers from around Australia and the Club is looking forward to hearing their opinions on recent changes to the course.


PORT FAIRY GOLF CLUB NEWS for 4 November, 2010 

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Annual General Meeting

The 2010 Annual General Meeting was conducted on Thursday 28 October. A half committee election was held with Mr Peter Smith and Mr Evan McLaren elected unopposed to the positions of Club President and Vice President respectively. Annette Learmonth and Glen Mahony were re elected to their roles of Secretary and House Chairman, whilst Anne Eccles and Paul Ross will fill the vacant committee positions.

A major item of business at the meeting is the setting of the membership fee structure. The 76 attendees were treated to a vigorous debate with the committee’s recommended increases passed on the show of hands. A forum followed the formal part of the meeting which allows members the opportunity to raise issues for the committee to direct their attention to in 2011. 

Photo: Incoming President Peter Smith (left) with Past President John Rahilly. 

Medal Of Medallists

Thursday’s stroke round brought out the best in the women golfers competing with a number of sub par rounds recorded. A grade was decided by a count back after both Sally Clark and Jill Rasmussen returned nett 70. Sue Holcombe, B grade, returned the best score of the day with a nett 66 defeating Merle Rantall on nett 67. The best result from the monthly medallists was from Helen Rix with nett 68, which was one stroke too many to defeat Kaye Patterson who returned a nett 67 to win C grade, however it did result in Helen being named’ Medal Of Medallists’ for 2010. 

Presentation Night

Members are reminded that the annual Presentation night will be held tomorrow night at 6.30pm. Some seats are still available by contacting the Manager, Trevor Brown, on 55681654. 

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