Challenges lie ahead
Trentham Golf Club Treasurer David Nugent has pulled no punches in describing the challenges that lie ahead to maintain the financial viability of the club into the future. Increasing costs combined with flattening membership and green fee income has led to declining profits. These will present future financial difficulties unless expenditure is contained and income improved.
This year there has been large cost rises in fuel, chemicals, electricity and insurance, as well as the one-off cost of a mower breakdown, not to mention repairs required following a break-in. The club now also has to pay for water rights that could rise significantly in the future if we are unable to obtain a secure and stable water right.
Members present at the AGM on November 23rd approved a modest $25 rise in annual membership rates, bringing the annual adult membership to $425 and family membership to $850. There were no increases in junior or student memberships or the small joining fee. The rise is seen as a small but necessary factor in maintaining financial viability.
Members can view the 2013 Annual Report and a more complete financial analysis by logging into the member's area.
Perfect day for Trentham Plate
The weather was perfect -- cloudless skies, warm sunshine and just a hint of breeze -- for the 2013 Trentham Plate. Twenty-one teams of four players battled it out for the trophy, with teams coming from as far away as RACV Cape Schanck, Thirteenth Beach and Portarlington.
A Stableford event for teams of four (two women and two men, best three scores to count), the Trentham Plate is a very popular highlight in Trentham's golfing calendar. For this year's event the course was in magnificent condition, as evidenced by the glowing compliments received from competitors afterwards.
Trentham Plate winners for 2013 (l-r) Chris Byrne, Sue Byrne, Rosa Baernreuther and Lindsay Perrin.
The 2013 Trentham Plate was won by a local team comprising Sue Byrne (41 pts), Rosa Baernreuther (33), Lindsay Perrin (36) and Chris Byrne (28), giving them an aggregate score of 110 points.
Trentham Tournament a huge success
The weather remained fine, numbers were up and the course was in great condition for the 2013 Trentham Open Tournament.
The tournament kicked off in Tuesday when forty-four players competed for the Women's Open over 18 holes. Sari Saly of Kilmore Golf Club won the scratch trophy with a round of 79, and the Harry Barton trophy for best nett was won by Romsey Golf Club's Lorraine Robb (pictured right) with a score of 101-32-69.
On Wednesday, 90 golfers played in cold conditions but with only an occasional shower. Jan Baczynski and Marg Brierley won the Women's 4BBB with 42 Stableford points while David Langley and Jim Dickson won the Men's event with 45 points.
Friday's Ambrose field of 27 teams (108 players) was again full, and the weather was again cool but mainly fine. B Lockman, C Lingard, T Lambert and K Lambert won the scratch with 57 while the handicap went to S Rajki, S Milton, B Jenner and J Krunic with 55¼. The mixed scratch was won by C Hanson, D Lobb, A Hackett and D Hackett with 68 while a local team of Bob Sullivan, Tom Mossop, Eileen Dutton and Ruth Duffy won the handicap with 58 3/8.
Ninety-six players competed in Saturday's mixed American Foursomes. Graeme and Judy Marshall from Midlands dominated the scratch with 72, while Mick Kaufman and Veronica Maher from Trentham took out the handicap with 66¾. G and B Richards (Werribee Park) won the men's scratch with 75 and the handicap went to Dan and Dave Nugent (Trentham) 64 3/8.
In the Men's Open that closed the tournament on Sunday, a field of 101 played in ideal conditions. The George O'Hehir Cup for best Scratch score was won by Garry Sluce of Maryborough (pictured, left) with two fine rounds of 71-70-141. The Max O'Halloran Cup for best nett score was won by local member Mick Kaufman (pictured, right) with 66-68-134.
You can read full results for each event by clicking on the '2013 Tournament Results' menu on the left of this page.
Charlie and Sue are club champions
Charlie Robertson is the 2013 Trentham Men's Champion and Sue Byrne is the 2013 Trentham Women's Champion after the final rounds played this week.
Charlie established an unassailable lead early in the championship and wrapped up the event with a 74 on the final day for a four-round total of 294. He won by a large margin over Mick Kaufman (313), who did record the lowest round of the championships with a 70 in the final round.
In B Grade Alan Hopkins (344) overhauled a sputtering Colin Wilson (345) to win by a stroke, while in C Grade Harold Moore (385) survived by a stroke to beat David Nugent (386). Alan Hopkins won Senior Champion.
It was very disappointing that out of an active membership of 240 men, only 30 competed in the club championships and recognised its prestige and importance at the club. More disappointing was that only 18 players completed all four rounds. The Committee will be reviewing the format and timing of the championships with a view to encouraging more participation next year.
The women's championship was played over three rounds of stroke, with 18 players competing in three grades. The second round was suspended due to bad weather, and the third round was played a week late on 16th October.
Sue Byrne (279) won the women's championship with Dawn Hinneberg (290) runner up. B Grade was won by Veronica Maher (292), runner up Jan Baczynski (313), and C grade was won by Marg Brierley (329) and runner up Veronica Aston (341).
The President's trophy for the best net for 54 holes was won by Veronica Maher (223) and the Womens President's trophy for best net score over 36 holes was won by Sue Byrne (150).
Picturesque Trentham 'remarkably presented': Golf Australia magazine
Golf Australia magazine (August 2013) featured an article, written by Golf Australia Editor Brendan James, that follows a golf course trail north-west of Melbourne through Victoria's Goldfields region.
Trentham is one course featured, and is described as having 'lush playing surfaces flanked by tall stands of mature native trees ... creating a superb mix of holes'.
Brendan concluded by saying 'it is remarkable how well the course is presented, an added bonus when you can play in such a picturesque setting'.
Trentham is a 'hidden gem' which provides greater golfing joy than the small green fee may suggest, says Brendan James (photo: Brendan James, Golf Australia magazine).