NSW Veteran Golfers - Activities & Office Bearers
Weeks of Golf
Weeks of Golf started in the early 1980’s, with Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Blue Mountains being among the earliest.
There are now around 50 WOGs held under the auspices of the NSWVGA from February to December each year. Locations range throughout NSW from Coolangatta/Tweed Heads in the North to Eden in the South and Broken Hill in the West. See the Program for the full list.
Six tournaments are held under the auspices of the NSWVGA each year:
- Stroke Play Championships, first held in 1993
- Match Play Championships, first held in 1997, with the Ladies event added in 2018
- Mixed Better Ball Championships, first held in 1997
- Sandgreen Championships – Mens first held in 1997, Mens Better Ball first held in 2002, Mixed Better Ball first held in 2009
In addition the NSWVGA holds a Gold Medal tournament each year for the winners of local tournaments held by Groups and Clubs.
Grassroots Prize Scheme
In 2018, Vice-President Richard Doyle suggested the introduction of a scheme to benefit to members at the grassroots level, to reflect the significant number of members who are unable to attend Weeks of Golf or Championships. The proposal was to give prize vouchers for member competitions at the local club level.
This proposal was approved by the Executive Council and in 2019 the Grassroots Prize scheme came into operation, thanks to great efforts from Richard in checking memberships and qualification of clubs, and in managing the operation.
The scheme provides over 400 vouchers every year drawn on local businesses to ensure that benefit flows through to the local economy, with a total value of over $10,000.
In 2001 Councillor Paul Horton posted the NSWVGA annual program onto a website to make it available for members. He single-handedly developed and extended the website over the next 4 years, adding tournament reports, sponsorship details and other news items.
In 2005, Paul created a membership database as an adjunct to the website in a secure access area. This provided a central register that could be accessed by Tournament Directors to check the affiliation status of players. Over the next years Paul oversaw the mammoth task of getting data from the Group Secretaries in a multitude of different formats onto the database.
After Paul retired from his role in 2016, the technical management of the site was passed over to a contractor, with content updates being made directly by Group Secretaries, Tournament Directors and Councillors. Paul was awarded Life Membership of NSWVGA for his extraordinary efforts over many years.
In 2020 the public information functions of the site were separated from the administrative functions and a separate Public site was re-developed with funding from Golf NSW.
Note: * after a date indicates that the person continued as an Office Bearer in a different role.
|G. Clarke||1985||John Hart||1986-1988||Reg Gardiner||1989-1991*|
|Len Shadwick||1992||Des Coady||1993-2008||Dick Farrant||2009-2016|
|Len Shadwick||1991*||John Leckie||1991-1992||Alan Read||1992|
|Peter Berriman||1993-1994||John Powell||1993-2002||Eric Moulder||1995-1997|
|Bill Poole||1998-2012||Les Mann||2003-2015||Ian Vidler||2013-2016*|
|John Dixon||2016*||Richard Doyle||2017-2019||Kel Pearce||2017|
|Les Knox||2018-||John Daley||2020-|
|Mervyn Burke||1985-1992||Reg Gardiner||1993-1995||Bob Coulson||1995-1996*|
At the end of 1996 the roles of Secretary and Treasurer were split because of the increasing workload.
|Dick Farrant||1997-2008*||Trevor Bell||2009-2012||Len Payne||2013-2019|
|Bob Coulson||1997-2007*||Alan Neems||2008-2011||David Gunner||2012-2021|
|Dick van Buuren||2021-|
|Alan Read||1991*||John Muggleton||1991
|Peter Berriman||1992*||Max Baker||1993
|Cliff Cullen||1996-1997||Keith Gray||1996-1997||John Dulihanty||1998-2001|
|Eddie Boots||1998-1999||Ashley Harrison||1998-1999||Jim McArdle||2000-2005|
|Rex Tate||2000-2009||Ron Walford||2001||Les Mann||2001-2002*|
|Paul Horton||2002-2016||Trevor Bell||2003-2008*||Ron Simmons||2005-2016|
|Mike Fenton||2006||Alan Neems||2007*||Richard Doyle||2007-2016*|
|John Wickett||2007-2009||Col Darley||2008-2016||Bob Coulson||2009|
|John Buttle||2010||Alan Young||2010-2012||Ian Vidler||2010-2012|
|Chris Evans||2011-2016||John Dixon||2013-2015*
|Stuart Dossetor||2016-||Les Knox||2017*||Lance Fredericks||2017-|
|Garry Mason||2017-2021||John Daley||2017-2019*||Peter Taylor||2018-2020
|Gerry Cox||2018-||Peter Guy||2020-||Jim Shadlow||2021-|