THE 2015 NSW Veteran Golfers Association Matchplay Championship is underway in Newcastle with the event becoming increasingly popular with older golfers.
More than 100 golfers registered for the week long championship, and although there were some late withdrawals the numbers were well up on recent years.
Tournament director John Mason said with the maximum field set at 128, the numbers were getting close to capacity.
This is the 17th running of the championship, which has been staged on and off since the late 1990’s, initially at Coffs Harbour and then in the Illawarra.
It seems to have found a successful home in the Newcastle region, with this the third edition in recent years and plans underway already for next year.
The four round event is being played this year at the Newcastle, Belmont, Waratah and Charlestown golf clubs. It is open to men and lady veteran golfers.
Charlestown member Greg Kent is the defending men’s champion and is pictured (left) above with last year’s runner up Warren Gorton from the Hawks Nest club. The pair were pictured at the Belmont Golf Club on the opening day of the championship and were on the practice tee preparing once again to battle it out.
However much they practice and prepare, they can’t do much better than Horizons Golf Club member John Wickett.
Wickett’s opponent Alan Mould was down but had visions of staging a late round comeback when on their 13th hole (the par three 6th) the Port Stephen’s golfer holed an ace to emphatically win the match 5&4. You just can’t do much against a hole in one in matchplay.
Australian Senior Golfer is at the championship this week and we’ll be adding a photo gallery and updating it as the week progresses.