If you would like to subscribe to the GVDGA Monthly Newsletter, sign up here.

Latest News

Jack Wilson wins 2010 Vic Amateur

 Monday, December 20, 2010

Jack Wilson wins Victorian Amateur





The final commenced on the 15th December, in fine cool weather with both players keen to get off to a flying start.

Wilson was the first to flinch after flying the second green with a wedge and then failing to get up and down. He quickly struck back with a very good approach to the 3rd and holed the 3 metre putt for a birdie to square the match.

Both players came up just short of the green on the Par 4 4th with Wilson playing the better chip shot resulting in another birdie and a 1 hole lead.

Both players halved the par 3, 5th and then hit terrible drives up the 6th into the rough down the left side.

McCarthy made the better recovery   hitting his 3rd shot to a metre and converting the birdie putt thus returning the match to square.

Wilson struck back immediately with a beautiful 9 iron to a metre on the 7th, holed the putt and went back to 1 up.

A great sand save on the 8th was good enough to win the hole after McCarthy was forced to stand half in the bunker to play his second shot and then lipped his par putt out. Wilson went to 2 up.   Both players proceeded to par the 9th leaving Wilson 2up at the turn.

The 10th saw McCarthy hit a superb drive to leave him 120m to the pin.  Wilson was slightly wayward in the light rough on the right side of the fairway – however his recovery shot to the green was perfect and he was left with a 3m putt for birdie, whilst McCarthy’s approach was a little strong and he ended up in the swale at the back of the green.  His putt to the pin was soft and Wilson moved ahead another hole.

Both players hit terrific drives to the Par 3 11th with Wilson 3m from the pin and McCarthy 7m.  McCarthy’s putt sat on the lip then Wilson sank his birdie putt to move 4 ahead.

Wilson’ approach to 12 was a little strong whilst McCarthy’s was perfect to 3m.  McCarthy took the hole to fight back to 3 down.  The 13th squared, Wilson again won the 14th to move back to 4 ahead.  The next 2 holes belonged to McCarthy with par and birdie respectively – the match 2 up to Wilson who then proceeded to eagle the 18th and move to 3 up for the first 18 holes.

McCarthy found trouble left off the tee on the 1st hole of the next 18 and gave Wilson a 4 hole lead after the 19th hole of the match.  A strong birdie on 20th, squared hole on 21st and another strong par on the 22nd hole saw the match become tighter with Wilson holding a 2 hole advantage.

The next few holes were still tight but Wilson managed to maintain the upper hand and took the 23rd par 3 with a par and proceeded to birdie the 25th par 4 to move back to 4 ahead.  Getting one back with a strong par on the 26th par 3, McCarthy conceded this win on the next hole with a lost ball – Wilson back to 4 up at the turn for the last 9 holes.

The 28th and 29th were halved then an unexpected 3 putt from Wilson on the 30th saw his lead reduced to 3 holes. On the 31st both players smashed drivers with McCarthy finishing in trouble down the right and Wilson only 10m from the front of the green.  McCarthy putted his third from off the green to a metre and looked a chance to get away with a half when Wilson’s chipped propped and sat on the fringe of the green. Wilson calmly proceeded to knock the putt in for birdie from around 8m to go back to 4 up.

  The 32 hole was halved with pars and Mccarthy now found himself dormie 4 down to Wilson.

Not lying down for a moment – McCarthy fought back on the 33rd hole, winning with a Par 5, the match back to Dormie 3 in favour of Wilson.

Both players split the middle of the fairway on the 34th hole and McCarthy playing first struck a beautiful 7 iron at the flag only to see his ball roll off the back of the green. Wilson took advantage of this to hit a lovely 8 iron in to the heart of the green. McCarthy almost holed his putt from off the green and was forced to stand and wait while Wilson proceeded to roll his 8m putt up next to the hole and take the title 3 holes up with 2 to play.

Whilst Wilson had lead the match most of the day McCarthy had forced him to stay sharp at all times and the match was played in great spirits.

Courtesy VGA News

GVDGA 2011 Syllabus

 Monday, December 06, 2010
The GVDGA has released its Interim Syllabus for 2011.

Could all clubs please take note of events at your home club, and advise Geoff Devine or Graeme Stevens if there is any changes we need to make. We will release  the final version in early January, so contact us asap if there are any conflicts.

Graeme Stevens

Revised Pennant Draw for Junior's 2010

 Sunday, October 17, 2010
The Junior Pennant Draw  for 2010 has been revised, please downlaod the new draw from the Juniors webpage.

Junior Pennant. Round 1. RESULTS

 Sunday, October 17, 2010
Junior Pennant results.round 1

SHEP        V         PARKLAND 2

1. Lach Devine    def    Jamie Scapin    6/5
2. Kyle Michel    def    Zac Maskell    1up
3. Josh Revell    def    Aiden Bartley    2/1
4. Jesse Trower  def    Dylan Gallivan    2/1
5. Emanuel Jacobs lost  Jessica Scapin   4/2



1. Chris Tomlinson def    Jordi Geister    3/2
2. Nick Giles         lost    Tom Jefferys     4/3
3. Jaydon Vaenuku    Squ Taylor Bicknel
4. Sione Vaenuku    lost   James Bicknel    5/3
5. Caleb Bovalina    lost    Sam Nash        2/1



1. Tom Moss def Matt Mc lean 3/2
2. Lach Wilson lost Chris Tindale 1 down
3. Tyler Dunn lost Jaye Molloy    2 down
4. Aiden Borthwick def Nick Ryan 7/5
5. Andrew johnson def Nathan Richards 2/1 


LADDER              MATCHES        GAMES

SHEPPARTON       2                    4
KIALLA                2                    3.5
RICH RIVER         2                    3
PARKLAND 1        0                    2
COBRAM             0                    1.5
PARKLAND 2        0                    1

A good day was had by all, Kialla's win over Cobram was a notable result. The boys from Kialla played well to hold back the short handicap players of cobram, 55 shots in total Cobram needed to counteract, the boys from the south may be the favorites early in the season. 

Another match which was close, Michel V Maskell. A short putt missed on the last by Maskell, got Michel over the line. Great to see one of the new players on the scene stepping up, Maskell is another of the Parkland talents along with Mclean & Scapin, brother/ sister team. 
Thanks to Mooroopna golf Club, the staff at Mooroopna were very helpful & the course  continues to impress. 
See Revised draw for tee time changes for next week.
Tennyson. Junior Manager.                  

Country Week Team Photo

 Friday, October 08, 2010

2010 Country Week Champions

Well done to the 2010 Country Week Squad, who successfully defended the Country Week Shield in Melbourne last week.  Our squad who also consisted of 5 junior caddies from our development squad who were fantastic in lending support to the players all week and it is hoped that these juniors will form the nucleus for future success in Melb.

The team from back to front, left to right:

Back Row (Youth): Aaron Coates (R/River), Tim Watson (Shep), Luke Petherick (Moor), Ash Blake (Shep), Jeremy Rath (Toc), Ash Umbers (R/River)

Front Row (Experience): Ben Docking (R/River), Geoff Devine (Shep), Terry Vogel - Capt (C/Barooga), James Zappelli (C/Barooga), Daniel Adem (Shep), Andrew Storer (Numurkah)

A big thanks to team manager Wayne Gould for not only driving the bus but also for his inspirational quotes which he may argue were vital to the overall performance of the team.  Mike McGregor, our team coach from Tocumwal GC as is always the case leant both advice and encouragement  at country week but also to he, his staff and the Tocumwal GC for the use of their facilities for team practices leading up to the event. 

Also to Peter Fraser who as always wears his heart on his sleeve for the GV.  He's often spotted close up and personal on many greens trying to physc out the opposition.  His efforts are much appreciated.

And lastly it is possible that we may lose a couple of members to the pro ranks later in the year so from a GV perspective we would like to wish those players all the very best for the future and remind them that if all else fails they are always welcome back to the team.

Yours in golfing,
Geoff Devine


 Friday, October 01, 2010


For the first time in over 40 years, the Goulburn Valley District Golf Association squad has won back to back championships.

Further details to follow.

Full results are on the VGA  website, which can be accessed by going to the link section of the website

Country Week Results

 Thursday, September 30, 2010
Round 4 Results 2010 Country Week Championships

Goulburn Valley defeated Ballarat        5 & 4

Sunraysia defeated East Gippsland       6 & 3

Geelong  defeated Corangamite           6.5 & 3.5

Full results on Country Week Webpage

Ladder   after 4 rounds      Contests            Matches

Goulburn Valley                  3.5                    24

Sunraysia                           3.5                    23

Ballarat                             2.5                    20

East Gippsland                    1.5                   14.5

Geelong                              1                     17.5

Corangamite                        0                      9

In the remaining matches, Goulburn Valley take on Geelong, East Gippsland play Corangamite, and in what could be the decider, Ballarat play Sunraysia.

If the GV win, it will be the first time since 1968/69 we have won back to back shields.

Best of luck guys, head down and go get 'em.

Good Golf to all.


1st Round Results 2010 Country Week

 Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Round 1 Results Played at Victoria Golf Club

Goulburn Valley Defeated Corrangemite      7 & 2 *

Ballarat drew with East Gippsland             4.5 each *

Sunraysia defeated Geelong                     5 & 4 *

* Ladder:

Team                    For           Against
Goulburn Valley        7               2
Sunraysia                5               4
Ballarat                  4 1/2          4 1/2
East Gippsland        4 1/2          4 1/2
Geelong                 4                5
Corrangemite          2                7

*to be confirmed with the VGA Official Results

Country Week 2010 Scores

 Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Check out the progress of the GVDGA representatives by visiting the 2010 Country Week Webpage.

USGA Course Rating Squads

 Friday, September 24, 2010
If anyone would like to get involved with the course ratings, could you please contact Graeme Stevens, GVDGA District Course Rating Co-ordinator. A request is put out to all people who attended one of the course rating seminars held by the VGA or WGV.

Graeme can be contacted on email or by phone 0413 845 375.

So far, we have only had two people contact us, we need another 10 -12 if we are to rate all courses in the district before the deadline.

The GV ladies have approximately 12 raters, so they are in a good position. Any ladies interested and contact Joy Kelly, who is the Ladies District Course Rating Co-ordinator.