Veteran golfers storm Adelaide Hills for 2016 National Championship

Tournament director Brian Nankivell reckons everything is in order for a great week of veteran golf
Tournament director Brian Nankivell reckons everything is in order for a great week of veteran golf

VETERAN golfers from all over Australia have converged on the scenic Adelaide Hills for the 2016 Australian Veteran Golfers Union (AVGU) National Championships.

Some 365 golfers and partners will take part in the week long event that started with a registration day on Sunday at Flagstaff Hill Golf Club near Adelaide.

Monday is a warm up round with a social 4BBB at the three courses involved, Flagstaff, Blackwood Golf Club and Vines of Reynella.

Then it gets down to the serious business of a 54 strokeplay event that will eventually see a national veteran champion crowned on Friday.

As well as the overall winner there are lots of trophies on offer with golfers in three handicapped grades competing for 54 hole awards as well as daily and other events, including a ladies championship.

Tournament director Brian Nankivell was quick to point out the importance of the social side of the week and the emphasis on flexibility and fun.

Asked how preparations had gone for the big event, which is staged annually and rotates around the states and territories, Brian paused for a moment and then responded: “Order out of chaos.”

Everything certainly seemed perfectly in order at the welcoming day at Flagstaff Hill with registrants enjoying a BBQ and beverages in thankfully brilliant sunshine, something South Australia has certainly been hankering for with its storms and unusually cold, wet weather of late.

But good weather is forecast for the week, the courses have dried out and are in top condition for what should be a great week of golf and socialising.

ASG is at the tournament this week, our fifth national championship in a row, and will be updating the photos and stories.

A quick check of the entry list also confirmed the Adelaide event will see a showdown between defending champion Tom Harold, who won in Darwin last year on his home course, and three time champion John Ciezki from Victoria. Ciezki won an unprecedented three tournament in a row (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria 2012, Canberra 2013, South Western, Western Australia 2014) but couldn’t make it to Darwin last year.

Or, of course, any number of other golfers could swoop form the clouds to take the 2016 trophy.

Darwin Golf Club member Tom Harold
Defending champion Tom Harold from Darwin Golf Club
Three time champion John Ciezki from Victoria is back in action and looking for an unprecedented fourth title
Three time champion John Ciezki from Victoria is back in action and looking for an unprecedented fourth title

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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


  1. I have been trying to find the photos of the presentation trophies on the Friday night of the vets tournament held November 2016 at Adelaide.
    I was runnerup in the ladies 2nd division and it would be nice to view photos. very very difficult to find anything apart from the ones of people on the courses.
    I am hoping you can help.
    my thanks


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