Veteran golfers digging the Top End

John Baylis Darwin 595

VETERAN golfers from across the country have converged on Darwin for the 2015 Australian Veteran Golfers Union (AVGU) National Championships.

The week long AVGU event is an annual affair for over 55’s golfers that rotates around the states and territories.

This year is the turn of the Northern Territory with the championship rounds being played at the Darwin Golf Club and Palmerston Golf Club.

Tournament director John Baylis (pictured above at left above along with Joe Smith, president of host organisation the Northern Territory Veteran Golfers Association) was confident the two and half years of hard work put in by his committee organising the event would pay off with a very enjoyable and seamless experience for the 240 odd participants involved.

One thing for certain this year is that there will be a new national veteran champion, with the winner of the last two championships, Victoria’s John Ciezki, not making it to the Top End.

Baylis was pushing the credentials of two locals in Darwin Golf Club member Tom Harold, who plays of a 1 handicap, and Palmerston member Murray Martin.

“Murray Martin shot his age at Palmerston a few weeks ago,” Baylis said. “He shot a 71 … and he’s 71, which is par for the course.”

“We’re not sure about the interstate visitors this year because we haven’t seen all their records.”

As well as a scratch champion decided over 54 holes of strokeplay there are also gross and nett divisional winners in three handicapped grades.

Lady partners also play in a stableford championship over the week.

The event will culminate on Friday evening with a gala presentation “dinner under the stars” at Darwin Golf Club.

Another thing organisers are confident of is the Darwin dry season weather, with clear skies and temperatures in the early 30’s forecast every day.

Australian Senior Golfer is covering the event this week and we’ll be updating the Photo Gallery as we go.

2015 Darwin AVGU National Championships Photo Gallery
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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