Sunday December 26th – Boxing Day Stableford

A hardy group of golfers headed out to the tees on an overcast morning with strong winds gusting to well over 40 KpH.  The 8.30 am tee off had a few yawning and there were a few cobwebs after the celebrations of Christmas Day but the wind soon saw everyone wide awake.  About half-way through there was light drizzle but it too was blown away.  Scoring was difficult with players playing a few holes well only to wipe two in a row.  The wind made all the par 3s extremely difficult and par was an excellent score.  All groups flowed very well and all were back in the rooms just after midday.  On a windy morning the results were;

Winner; Mick Nicholls Jnr (18) – 39 pts from ket Dunn (27) – 35 pts & John Freestone (27) – 32 pts

Saturday December 18th – Ambrose & Presentation Day

The first really warm day of the of the summer soothe shorts were on and there was plenty of sunscreen however, the cool change moved in mid afternoon making conditions far more pleasant.  The course was again in top nick and with an Ambrose format some good scoring was expected.  The recent heat had dried the top of the fairways so balls travelled much further once they landed.  The surrounds were immaculate so no excuses when chipping up to the flag.  With presentation day to conclude the event there was an excellent field.  Life members John Laing and Peter Scanlon were on hand to present their shields.  Long time members, ex captain, secretary and pennant captain, Les & Bev Gaunt are moving on to Moama.  Both were thanked for their wonderful service to the club.   On a wonderful afternoon to be out on the park the results were;

Winners; Andrew Clement/Craig Sandy/Pat Chisholm – 58.17, Lorraine Robb/Darlene Baker/Jeny Hartley – 58.5, Keith Hocking/Mick Nicholls Snr/Davey Kenney – 59.33 & Mal Mottram/Steve Wilkins/Chris vanDerVliet – 59.5

NTPs; 1st – Scott Williams, 15th – Pat Chisholm, 16th – Davey Kenney


2021 Club Champions – Club Champion Mick Squire (Absent), C Grade – John Freestone, RGC Men’s Captain Mal Mottram & B Grade – Scott Williams



2021 Medal of Medalists Rob Rea and Darlene Baker


2021 Rose Scanlon Shield Winner, RGC Women’s Capt Darlene Baker & winner Jenny Hartley


RGC Pres Anthony Lakey with 2021 John Jeffrey Shield winner, (best nett score of the championships) Rob Rea


2021 Senior Cup winner, (best net by a player 70+), John Freestone


Life Member, Peter Scanlon with Scanlon Shield winner (best nett by a player 55+ yrs) Rob Rea


President’s & Captains Shield (For conspicuous service) Andrew Clement & Bob McLennan

Saturday December 11th – John Laing Shield Final & Par

After a few days of overcast skies and misty rain the sun shone through and the wind blew on Friday drying fairways, rough and greens so they could be cut ready for the final of the John Laing Shield and the club’s Par competition.  The whole of Romsey Park was in top condition, a credit to the hard work of the club’s volunteers so, there were no excuses.  The sun shone through early in the round and while a breeze blew up from the Sth it had little effect on the play.  Despite the conditions everyone found scoring difficult and it was only an excellent back nine that saw the winner emerge.

The Final of the John Laing Shield looked to be a close contest between two, long hitting low markers.  Wright was quickly two down but fought back to be square by the 11th hole.  Atlas, playing with flair, took a “high risk high reward” approach on a number of back nine holes and got top results.  Life member John Laing (who won his own shield in 2017) was on hand for the presentation. On a top day to be out on the park the results were;

Winner;  Mick Nicholls Jnr (20) +4, from Davey Kenney (16) +2, Mal Mottram (7) Sq and Keith Hocking (32) -1

NTP’s; 15th – Davey Kenney & 16th – Mal Mottram

John Laing Shield Final

Mitch Atlas (2) Shannon Wright (0)  4/2

W. E. Tom Shield Semi-final. (Played earlier in the week)

Les Gaunt (0)/Keith Hocking (22) D Mitch Atlas (3)/Davey Kenney(8) – 19th

John Laing with Shield winner Mitch Atlas and RGC Captain Mal Mottram


Wednesday December 8th – Par 3 (12 holes)

The last round of golf on the Wednesday 2021 Syllabus was a 12 hole par 3 fun event. The weather was overcast and rainy and only three players braved the day. Jenny Harley  47-15.3- 31.7  won followed by Rob Slade and Bob Dwyer.  The season was wound up with cocktails and nibbles and our Rose Scanlon count, Brownlow style, was won by Jenny Hartley with 49 points followed by Darlene Baker with 30 points. Then it was off to Soltan Pepper for dinner.

The Wednesday syllabus will commence again on the 2nd Wednesday in January. Enjoy the break and look forward to seeing everyone next year

Saturday December 4th – Stableford & John Laing Shield Semi-finals

Players assembled under overcast skies with a steady SW wind however, by tee-off the skies had brightened and the wind became a little more flukey.  The burst of heat and some additional rain had seen excellent growth across the whole park keeping all volunteers busy.  The growth on the greens was especially noticeable.  The top conditions saw some very good golf both in the Stableford round and the semi-finals of the John Laing shield.  In recent months two players have been on the wrong side of a count back, this time these two were pitted against each other, one had top lose!

In the John Laing Shield it was a day for the long hitters. Shannon Wright, three down after six holes played the remaining 12 holes two under the card to record a great win.  Mitch Atlas was able to keep just ahead to be two up going down the 17th, a win on that hole saw him into the final.  On great day to be out on the park the results were;

Winner; Andrew Clement (8) – 39 pts CB from Mal Mottram (7) – 39 pts, Scott Williams (14) – 34 ptrs & Keith Hocking (32) – 34 pts

NTPs; 15th – Davey Kenney & 16th – Mal Mottram

John Laing Shield Sem-finals

Shannon Wright (0) D Mick Nicholls Jnr (11) – 2/1

Mitch Atlas (0) D Bob McLennan (5) – 3/1

The final of the John Laing Shield will be;

Shannon Wright (0) Vs Mitch Atlas (2)


Saturday November 27th – November Medal (stroke & putts) & John Laing Shield Qualifying

The field teed off under dark, overcast skies with a steady southerly wind however, players were hopeful of the sun returning later in the afternoon.  By the half way mark the sun had come out, the jumpers came off and everyone enjoyed a top afternoon.  It was a day of surprises, Scott Williams put his drive on the 2nd into the dam, 3rd shot not much better then from about 75m out rolled it into the hole.  Andrew Clement played a top front nine and all was going well on the back nine until the 16th where his ball became stuck up a pine tree, sadly no relief!  Michael Nicholls Jnr picked up two top birdies on the 1st and 3rd and Bob McLennan showed just how valuable a break from the game can be, he played excellent golf for the whole round. On a top afternoon to be out on the park the results were;

Winner & November Medalist – Bob McLennan – 86/16/70 C/B Michael Nicholls Jnr – 90/20/70, Shannon Wright – 81/9/72, Mitch Atlas – 84/11/73, Scott Williams – 88/15/73 & Brad Klaaysen – 82/9/73

NTPs; 1st – Michael Nicholls Jnr, 15th – Scott Williams, 16th – Mitch Atlas

Least Putts; Shannon Wright – 26 C/B Andrew Clement

John Laing Shield Semi Finals will be;

Bob McLennan (5) Vs Mitch Atlas (0)

Shannon Wright (0) Vs Michael Nicholls Jnr (11)

Thursday November 25th – DDGA Women’s Championships – Alexandra G. C.

The Dalhousie District Championships were held at Alexandra Golf Club having been delayed due to Covid. The forecast did not look good with 30 mms of rain expected but the rain held off with humid but fine conditions for the duration of the round.  The course was presented in great condition with a nice cover of grass on the fairways and the greens very well prepared.
The field was smaller than previous years but all were happy to have the chance to catch up and play golf together. Darlene and Jenny represented Romsey, both played in B Grade.
The Open Champion was Gail Leigh from Marysville with 85 gross and Barb Doyle was thrilled to win the B Grade Scratch as well as the Mary Dockery Trophy for best handicap score of the day 89/18/71. Our friend from Lancefield, Kaylene Cruise had a lovely day and won C Grade Scratch 101/27/74.

Wednesday November 24th – November Medal, Stroke & Putts

It was a welcome return to some warmer weather and drier fairways for the Stroke Round . Our course volunteers are doing an excellent job keeping on top of the spring growth by mowing the fairways, rough and the greens. Consequently the course is in great condition.  Scoring across the board was very good with some great golf played.  Beryl Cole continued on from her win at Seymour where she had a nett 69 by going even better with 95/30/65!!  Jenny Hartley was narrowly pipped at the post having her best ever gross score of 90. Well done to both Beryl and Jenny.  The day’s results were;
1st;        Beryl Cole.             95/30/65
2nd;      Jenny Hartley.       90/24/66
3rd;       Darlene Baker.       92/20/72
Least Putts; Jenny Hartley   28

Sunday November 21st – Graeme Clement Open

Another day where the weather was far better than forecast earlier in the week.   Players from Lancefield, Castlemaine, Rich River, Strathbogie, Romsey, Mt Macedon, Woodend and Fox Hills took to the course under clear, sunny conditions but with a gusting wind from the Sth/SE.   The course was again in top nick but the smaller greens kept everyone honest, an incorrect decision on the approach club and you were over the back.  The morning round saw excellent scores from Jim Hynes (48) and Alex Fraser, Dennis Davenport & Brad Klaaysen (51) and Andrew Clement (52).

The sun came out for the afternoon but the wind blew up making for a more than challenging round.  Jim Hynes continued his excellent form (48), Mal Mottram (49), Alex Fraser & Mick Squire (50) and Jack McDonald (51).

RGC president, Anthony Lakey thanked all those who had put in so much work preparing and serving the food, looking after drinks, working to prepare the course and working to plan and organise the weekend’s events.  Life members Bruce Robb, Peter Scanlon and John Laing were called upon to assist with the presentations.  Many members of the Clement family were on hand to enjoy the afternoon and to present the Graeme Clement perpetual shield.  On a very enjoyable day the results were:

NTPs; presented by Peter Scanlon

8th -Mick Squire, 9th – Davey Kenney, 1st – Mal Mottram,  & 10th – Steve Wilkins

AM & PM Handicaps, presented by Bruce Robb

John Freestone (42 2/3) & Mal Mottram (44)


A Grade, B Grade & C Grade Handicap Winners presented by John Laing

Jack McDonald (96) , Hugh Drummond (90) & Mitch Atlas (95 1/3)


B Grade & C Grade Stroke Winners presented by past RGC captain Tony Freeman

Scott Williams (110) & Brad Klaaysen (106)

Senior Stroke (60Yrs+) and Junior (18&U) winners presented by RGC men’s captain Mal Mottram

Dennis Davenport (101) and Jack McDonald (109)

Graeme Clement Perpetual Shield presented by Andrew Clement.

Jim Hynes (96)

Saturday November 20th – Romsey Open 4BBB Stableford

Despite dire predictions of 20 -40mm earlier in the week there was no rain during the round.  After the first few holes the sun came out and while there was a wind from the S/SE that pushed balls in the air everyone enjoyed the generally pleasant conditions.  The condition of the fairways, surrounds and greens saw some excellent early scoring, could the teams keep it up?  At the half-way mark three scores stood out, a 24, a 23 and a 22.  The final holes would tell the tale.  Despite a late surge from one team another played excellent golf to take out the day.  On a surprisingly good day the results were;

Winners; Les Gaunt (8)/Scott Williams (15) – 48 pts

2nd; Darlene Baker(20)/Roger Baker (20 – 44 pts

3rd; Michael Reid (21)/Jason Langton(17) – 43 pts

NTPs; 1st Andrew Clement, 15th Brett Lockens, 16th – Andrew Clement

The club took the opportunity to present Cameron Newnham, NewEarth Constructions, with a Certificate of Appreciation for the excellent work the company completed during the club’s drainage and levelling works and the ongoing  support Cameron, the Newnham family and the company give to the club.  RGC president, Anthony Lakey noted that over 150mm of rain had fallen in the last 17 days and without the drainage work large sections of the course would have been unplayable.

The club would like to thank The Romsey Bottle O who sponsored the day

Cameron Newnham with RGC president Anthony Lakey

RGC Open 4BBB Champions Scott Williams, RGC Men’s Capt Mal Mottram & Les Gaunt

RGC Open 4BBB Runners Up Darlene & Roger Baker

RGC Open 4BBB 3rd place Jason Langton & Michael Reid