NSW Veteran Golfers Stroke Play Championship moves to Western Sydney

The new Greg Norman designed Stonecutters Ridge Golf Course … one of the three top venues for the Vets stroke play championship
The new Greg Norman designed Stonecutters Ridge Golf Course … one of the three top venues for the 2014 Vets stroke play championship

THE NSW Veteran Golfers Association 2014 Stroke Play Championship has a new home in Western Sydney this year and is sure to be a highlight of the veteran golfing calendar.

The championship will be held from Monday 14th April to Wednesday 16th April at the highly-rated courses of Richmond, Penrith and Stonecutters Ridge.

In what is seen as a bit of a coup, the Western Sydney Region Veteran Golfers Association (WSRVGA) has been granted the hosting rights for the tournament for the next three years – 2014, 2015 and 2016.

For the past eight years the prestigious event has been held at both the Bankstown and Liverpool Golf Clubs.

Tournament Director Les Knox said the Organizing Committee was very pleased with the number of entries received to date, particularly from Country Members, although there’s still plenty of opportunity to enter.

“One of the most pleasing aspects is the number of entries received from players who have never played in the event previously,” Les said.

“Our motto within Western Sydney Veteran Golfers is to play golf in a spirit of keen competition and good fellowship with a strong emphasis on social interchange.”

The event caters for veteran golfers of all ages and ability, with trophies being awarded to both 54 holes Nett and Scratch Winners (in three grades), 54 holes Age Champions in three Divisions, plus daily ‘Nett’ and ‘Scratch’ Winners in each grade. The overall 54 holes Strokeplay Champion will be awarded with the ‘Des Coady Shield’.

With significant sponsorship from the Richmond Club, Australand Pty Ltd., Penrith Golf Club, Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club and Warren Saunders Insurance Brokers, the entry fee has been contained to just $99 for the three days of golf competition. The entry fee includes a luncheon on the final day at Stonecutters Ridge, prior to the presentation of trophies.

The Veteran Women’s Golf Association of NSW is conducting events in conjunction for Lady Veteran Golfers, on both the Monday and Tuesday at Richmond and Penrith Golf Clubs respectively.

Three top courses

The three courses selected for the event are beauties, with the Richmond course the scene of the 2013 Australian Senior PGA Championship last November.

Richmond Golf Club, the oldest golf club in NSW still on its current site, underwent significant renovations in preparation for the Senior PGA Championship.  That major event was a huge success, and the course received high praise from the participants, that included the likes of, Rodger Davis, Wayne Grady, Ossie Moore, Mike Harwood and Michael Clayton.

Penrith Golf Club, has hosted many State Championships and is in excellent condition.  This course is always a popular venue for the NSW Seniors circuit.  Penrith is easily accessed from the M4. Both Richmond and Penrith are great walking courses for the senior golfers.

Stonecutters Ridge Golf Course, is a brand-new Greg Norman designed golf course and is proving incredibly popular with all golfers.

For more information and entry details on the NSWVGA 2014 Stroke Play Championship visit the NSW Vets website here. There’s lots of accommodation options nearby to suit all budgets.

Wayne Grady in action at the Richmond Golf Club during the 2013 Australian Senior PGA Championship
Wayne Grady in action at the Richmond Golf Club during the 2013 Australian Senior PGA Championship
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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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