GCV Women's Golfing Clinic

GCV recieved Vic Health Grant $10,000

In late 2018 the district in an effort to increase the number of Women who participate in our great sport started to come up with ideas on how to make this happen. As part of the Victorian governemnts healthy clubs offer GCV applied for $10,000 to run a "virtual Womens Golf Club" in 2019.

This will allow the district to run 4 hubs of womens clinics. Attached is the application and the program draft ideas for members to read and contribute to. 

Heathcote Pro Brian Wearne and GCV Vice Presdient Tristen Wearne have taken the lead on this project as we look to expand the number of women aged 25-55 in our sport.

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If you have an idea or would like to help in the running of this project please feel free to contact GCV to offer your assistance or ideas.

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Due to lack of players in normal Sunday competitions in 2017 the office bearers had no choice but to close the Calivil golf Club. Over the years the smaller farmers sold up and moved out of the District depleting the number of potential players.

The golfing community would sincerely like to thank Calivil for their friendly country hospitality and excellently run Tournaments over many years. Calivil Golf Club was opened in 1961 and has provided golf for the district for 56 years. In the mid 80’s Club Saturday fields reached a peak with regular fields of 30 plus.

At one stage it was suggested grass greens was a possibility but of course this did not eventuate.

Calivil Golf Club best player was undoubtably Helen Leech who won 22 club championships. She is still winning in Tournaments in several Districts and is a regular representing Bendigo in Country Teams in Melbourne.

In the past the Annual Tournaments attracted huge fields, 90 players for the men’s day was normal, the 4BBB often had fields of 100 players and the mixed foursomes often had 50 pairs. The women’s 4bbb and stroke event very well supported. The first annual tournament conducted in 1962 was won by George Vanston. Since then the cream of Bendigo golfers have won this tournament. 1960’s Tom Rudkins, Hedley Fletcher, Gordon McFee, Herb Hesse, Len Prior. 1970’s Ian Ham, Alby Jack, Roy Perks, Barry Miles. 1980’s John Shepherd, Robert Burford, Peter Harvey, Ron Baetge. 1990’s Peter Riddell, Paul Davis, Chris Trowell, Tim Daykin. 2000’s Grant Humbert, Ashley Kuiper.

I would like to thank club stalwart Barry Meighan for his help to tell this story.

Len Prior

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