2013 National Vets Championship underway in Canberra

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THREE HUNDRED GOLFERS from across Australia have gathered in Canberra for the Australian Veteran Golfers Union National Championships.

The week long event is being held on three of the national capital’s premier courses –Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club, Yowani Country Club and Gold Creek Country Club.

After registration on Sunday competitors warmed up Monday with fourball events for men and ladies held at Gungahlin Lakes and Gold Creek.

The national championship rounds begin Tuesday with 54 holes of golf played over the three courses.

Men play in four handicapped grades with A, B and C grades playing 54 holes of stroke and a new D grade category for higher handicappers playing stableford. Ladies play three rounds of stableford in two grades.

Tournament director Paul Kringas was confident the countless hours of volunteer work put in by his team from the ACT Region Veteran Golfers Association organising the week would pay off.

“The courses are in great shape. This is the best that you will see them because they have just had their club championships. And the weather looks good so we hope it goes extremely well.”

Kringas said there were entrants from across the country with a predominance from Queensland and Western Australia.

“Everyone should have a very enjoyable week. The good thing about 100 on each course is that when you split it into am and pm they are not huge fields so we expect it to flow quite well.”

The championship rounds will be held Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with a rest day Wednesday.

The AVGU National Championship is an annual event that rotates around the states and territories. It is open golfers aged over 55 with an official handicap.

Australian Senior Golfer is covering the event this week so look out for our reports and a photo gallery we will be updating daily.

2013 National Vets Championship Photo Gallery/ Slideshow

(Click bottom right for full page view)

(Vets are welcome to copy these photos. Just go to the relevant section on the ASG site on Flickr here: 2013 AVGU National Championships. There are a number of ways to copy photos. You can click on the  photo you want then right click and select “View all Sizes” then “Original”. Just copy and paste.)

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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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