The Romsey Open
This annual event was first played in 1982, it is a 24 hole stroke event that, for many years, has been played on the first Sunday of June. In 2018 the Dalhousie District Golf Association opened up a number of dates for club tournaments and RGC was allocated the fourth weekend in November. This was a great opportunity for the club to move the Open to spring and gain the better weather giving the club the chance to present the course in its best possible condition. The Romsey Open attracts golfers from many of the Dalhousie District clubs and from clubs further afield. The Saturday before “The Open” is an 18 hole, pair’s stableford event. In 2016 on the teams have been mixed, women’s and men’s. Prior to this we held an RGC shield event – Relative Pairs – instead of women’s pairs.
The Romsey Open consists of two rounds on the 12 hole, par 45, “Old Course” with a relaxed sit-down lunch in between. Our version of Atlanta’s famous “Amen Corner” is three consecutive par 3s of 145m, 182m and 110m; many an open has been won or lost on these three holes. Each year a cart tours the course offering hot soup, cold drinks and a variety of other refreshments.
There are am and pm handicap awards, A (~+2 to -7), B (~-8 to -15) and C (~-16 on) grade stroke and handicap, best senior stroke (60Yrs+), best junior stroke (18&U) awards as well as a variety of NTP and best 2nd shot prizes.
The Romsey Open is a great way to catch up with old friends, meet new ones and play some good golf on a tough course.
In 2018 the Romsey Open was renamed to honour long term RGC member Graeme Clement. Over many years Graeme held the positions of Club Captain and Secretary. He was a keen pennant player and loved representing the club in both pennant and at Dalhousie Club Open Tournaments.
The report from the 2010 Romsey Open
The Report from the 2014 Romsey Open
The 40th “Graeme Clement” Romsey Open will be played over the weekend of Sat 20th & Sun 21st of November, 2021.
The Romsey Challenge Bowl
The Romsey Bowl is an 18 hole women’s team stableford event, it was first played in 1993. The bowl has consistently attracted large fields from the Dalhousie District clubs as well as from clubs closer to Melbourne.
The Bowl has been traditionally held in the 2nd week of July but due to persistent heavy rain the 2010 event was postponed until the 1st week of December. The Bowl was again held in December in 2011, in 2012 it was held in early May and in 2013 it was in early April. The club hopes that early April will become the regular time for this event.
The Gary Watts Shield
This event honours long time club member Gary Watts, the shield was struck in recognition of Gary’s many years of work with the juniors at the club. The event was first played in 2007, in the 1st week of October. It mirrored the Romsey Open (24 holes etc) and was for 14&U, 16&U and 18&U boys and 18&U girls.
In 2010, with the advent of the Macedon Ranges Junior Golf Tournament, it was decided to make the Romsey round of this event the Gary Watts Shield. The Shield is won by the boy and girl with the day’s best gross scores.
In the future the Shield may once again become a stand alone event.
Congratulations to Riley McDonald – 80 (Strathbogie) and Molly McLean – 99 (Rosebud) the 2017 winners of the Gary Watts Shield
The Macedon Ranges Junior Golf Tournament
This event began as a 54 hole event played over the Labour Day weekend in March. In early January of 2016 Lancefield Golf Club withdrew from the tournament leaving it as a 36 hole event. Over the years the age groups have changed slightly, generally the age groups are U15, U18 and U21 boys and U21 girls however these will vary depending on the ages of the competitiors. Successive dry and very hot summers have seen our courses hard and dry, in the future the event will be held over the second weekend of August when the courses will be in better condition.
One round of 18 holes is played at each of Mt Macedon and Romsey golf courses. The final day of the event rotates through the two clubs. (In 2013 Woodend G. C. withdrew from the event, their place was taken by Mount Macedon G. C.)
The boy and girl with the best gross score, over the three rounds, wins the title of Macedon Ranges Junior Golf Champion
Congratulations to the 2017 MRJGT champions; Riley McDonald – (3.1) 146 (Strathbogie), as no girls played both days there is no 2017 MRJGT Girls Champion
The 9th MRJGT was not held in 2018. We hope to reinvigorate this junior tournament.
The Chris Gaunt Cup
Congratulations to the 2017 Chris Gaunt Cup winners – Riley McDonald – (4) 146/138 (Strathbogie), as no girls played both days there is no 2017 Chris Gaunt Cup Girls winner
The Macedon Ranges Spring Cup
This event is a stableford event played between Romsey G. C. and Mt Macedon G. C. It was first played at Romsey G. C. in 2014. Drummond Golf, Niddrie sponsor the day and a perpetual shield is awarded to the team winners. Players from other clubs are also most welcome.
The Spring Cup was held at Mt Macedon in odd years and at Romsey in even years however with the flooding of 2016 and then Covid-19 in 2020 it will be be held at RGC in the odd years and held at MMGC in the even years
The Spring Cups have been held on AFL Preliminary Final day, the 3rd Saturday on September, with a early Tee-off to allow time to get home to watch the match.