TASMANIAN local Geoff Dodge has won the 2011 Australian Veteran Golfers Union National Championship after a sudden death playoff.
Dodge, a member of the Iron Pot Golf Club and Col Probert from the Kogarah Golf Club in NSW were tied on 237 after 54 holes of strokeplay at the three courses used as venues for the event.
Dodge won the championship when he parred the 18th hole at the Tasmania Golf Club.
Third was Denis Gorman from the Wollongong Club on the NSW south coast.
Recent poor weather in Hobart didn’t do the championship any favours but still 316 older golfers, 252 men and 64 women, took part in the week long event.
Despite the preceding wet weather the courses, including the Tasmania, North West Bay and Claremont golf clubs were presented in very playable conditions.
2011 AVGU National Championship Results
The A grade net went to David Burns (Caliope Q.) with 217 on a countback from David Bliss (Claremont Tas.).
The B grade Champion was Richard Green (Claremont Tas.) with 266 on a countback from Phil Wicks (Tasman Tas.) while the net winner was Rob Davies (Pelican Waters Q) 217 from runner up Terry Haines (Capel WA).
C Grade was won by John Ricketts (Tasman Tas.) from Harry Lovelock (Redland Bay Q.) with the net going to Jim Nixon (Pelican Waters Q.) from Harold Beck (Oatlands Tas.)
The ladies played a 36 holes stableford on the Tuesday and Thursday at different combinations of clubs. At Claremont/Tasmania, Diane Charlewood (Oatlands Tas.) was successful from runner up Viv Beck (Oatlands Tas.). Diane Wolfe (Wodonga Vic.) won the event at the Tasmania/North West Bay combination from Debbie Randall (Sanctuary Cove Q.), and Paula Dixon (Shepparton Vic.) won the event played at North West Bay/Claremont.
2012 AVGU National Championship
The vets national championship in 2012 will move to one of Australia’s golfing Mecca’s, the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
The tournament will be conducted from 11th to 16th November 2012, on four renowned golf courses, Rosebud Country Club, The Dunes, the Legends Course at Moonah Links, and the Ocean Course at The National Golf Club.
The latter three of those courses are all rated well inside Australia’s Top 50 and these will be the venues for the 54 hole Stroke Championship as well as the Ladies 54 hole Stableford event.
Full Tournament details, Accommodation Guide and online registration are available here.