say Thank You and Good Golfing to all Veteran Men & Women Golfers who joined in the fun at the


Wintersun is over for 2018 but not the memories! Hope to see you all in 2019.

Click the buttons to read the Scores and Trophy Winners for the Wintersun events -

Ellis and Swadling Win Wintersun Championships.

Greg Ellis from Forster Tuncurry Golf Club led from start to finish to take out the 2018 Wintersun 72 Hole Championships, with Kay Swadling from Tamworth Golf Club taking out the Women's Championship. 

Greg Ellis with Vets Captain Greg Lingard

(left) Kay Swadling - Wintersun Champion

Ellis had rounds of 74, 74, 77 and 75 to finish on 300, sixteen shots ahead of the runner-up, Neil Morris from Mackay. Ellis was never headed from the first round at Proserpine, the only "blemish" being on the first day at Mackay, when the gusty winds made holding the greens difficult.

The race for Runner-up was a lot closer - Neil Morris (Mackay), Nick Pearse (Moranbah), John Bowron (Everglades) and Greg Lingard (Mackay) all being very much in the running, although Morris pulled ahead in the last round.

Kay Swadling held her nerve over the four rounds, while the challengers fell away, her four rounds of 34, 36, 34 and 33 stableford points meant a lead of 2 points over Shirley Porter (Hervey Bay) at the end of the event.

Jan Buckley - Mackay Classic Overall Winner

The lead fluctuated from round to round - Hazel McGregor from El Arish looked to be setting the measure after two great rounds in Proserpine, then following up with a win in Sarina. However, a forgettable round in Mackay let Shirley Porter (Hervey Bay - 106) and Swadling (104) move into the lead. A 33 points round on Tuesday was enough to let Swadling overtake Porter and win the Championships Trophy by two points.

Neil Morris - A Grade Winner Gross

In the graded events for Men, Nick Pearse won out for A Grade, Dale Perrins (275) led by 6 shots in B Grade and Alan Dwyer (Gordonvale - 370) finished 5 shots ahead of Bob Visentin (Hervey Bay) in C Grade. In the Nett competition in conjunction, Greg Lingard (276) kept his nose one shot ahead of another Mackay member, Robert Byrnes in A Grade, Dale Perrins (275) led Dennis Gawler (Coolangatta-Tweed -281) and Peter Corke (Gladstone - 289) in B Grade, and Bob Visentin (Hervey Bay - 275) finished 9 shots ahead of Alan Dwyer.

Bob Visentin - Nett Winner

In the women's 72 hole event, Soibhan Davies gained 41 points in Round 2 to finish tied with Gloria Davis on 133 points in the Division 1 event, Kay Swadling led Halina Beale by 6 points in Division 2 and Shirley Porter (135) just held off Nola Cowie (134) in Division 3.

As well as being the last two rounds of the Wintersun Championships, the two rounds in Mackay also made up the 36 Hole Mackay Classic. Not surprisingly, Greg Ellis is also the Mackay Classic Men's Champion, four shots ahead of Nick Pearse with another two shots to John Bowron. Dennis Gawler (172) won B Grade from Dale Perrins by one shot, and Geoffrey Nice led C Grade by a comfortable margin from Russell Buckley.

Bill Young, with a 66 on the last day, topped A Grade Nett on countback from Nick Pearse, Mark Peady, Greg Lingard, Robert Byrnes and John Bowron. Dennis Gawler with 64, 72, beat Dale Perrins (63, 74) in B Grade Nett and Phil Vaughan won C Grade Nett on countback with a 58 Nett (Yes that was 58!) on the last day.

Ann Fenton from won the Women's 36 Hole Division 1 event with 64 stableford points, nudging out Diane Holewa (Sarina), Gloria Davis (Nowra) and Soibhan Davies (Pelican Waters) by two points. Merilyn Olzard (Hervey Bay) with 69 points beat Halina Beale (Gladstone) by 1 point in Division 2 and Mackay's Janice Buckley held off the challengers in Division 3.

To round out the Carnival, winners and losers (although many consider that all participants were winners) celebrated Wintersun at the Mackay Golf Club on Tuesday night. You can find more details of the scores and trophy winners by clicking the buttons above.

Friday Great in the Valley

On Friday, around 100 veteran golfers headed west up the Pioneer River valley to the township of Mirani, to sample the delights of one of the best 18 hole country town golf courses - the Pioneer Valley Golf Club.

Host club member, Jim Bartolo took the honours of best score of the day in the Men's event with 39 Stableford Points, 2 points ahead of five visitors all on 37.

The leaders in the women's event shot some impressive scores, Trish George from Georgetown taking the lead with 46 Stableford Points from Barbara Chrzanowski (Sarina) on 44 points.

A full list of the scores and Trophy Winners can be found by clicking the buttons above.

In the Winter's Sun at Sarina

Over 100 veteran golfers took to the fairways of Sarina on Thursday in perfect conditions for a fun round of golf. Champion Man of the day was  Greg Chrzanowski, from the host club, his 44 Stableford Points being 5 shots ahead of three other players.

Hazel McGregor from El Arish Club seems to be making winning a habit, being the champion woman player again, with 38 Stableford Points ahead of Sarina's Pam Lindeberg.

All the results and scores for Sarina are available - click the buttons above.

Visitors Take the Lead after First Event of Wintersun

Greg Ellis from Forster-Tuncurry Club and Hazel McGregor from El Arish Club have taken the leads in the Wintersun Championships following the completion of the first two rounds at Proserpine Golf Club.

Nearly 130 Veteran Golfers took to the fairways of Proserpine Golf Club, on the doorstep of the Whitsundays, for the first two rounds of the annual Wintersun Golfing Carnival.

Ellis, who plays off a handicap of 1 and won the Championships two years ago, shot to the lead with 2 rounds of 74 off-the-stick, finishing eight shots ahead of Neil Morris from Mackay.

Meanwhile, Hazel McGregor led the Women's event with rounds of 37 and 38 stableford points to go into the next round with a two point lead over Rehab Hull from the host club, Proserpine.

Proserpine Classic Champions Greg Ellis and Hazel McGregor receiving their trophies from Vets Captain John Grosskruetz, surrounded by some of the other happy trophy winners.

You can find all the Trophy Winners and the full scores for this Proserpine by clicking on the buttons above.

One group taking advantage of the beautiful golfing conditions at Proserpine - Lex Flack & Alan Woodhead watching on in awe as Bill Eccles hits off on the 9th Tee.

Wintersun has been providing a friendly North Queensland golfing experience to veteran golfers for 24 years, and has welcomed players from clubs up and down the east coast.

The Wintersun Veteran Golfers Carnival is held annually at four different golf courses in and around Mackay over nine days. The next Carnival is being planned for 2019.

The 2019 Carnival is provisionally planned to start as always on the first Monday in August,  with two rounds at Proserpine on 5th & 6th August, followed by 18 holes at Sarina on Thursday and 18 holes at Pioneer Valley on Friday. The Carnival will provisionally end with the final two rounds of the Championships on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th August , with a Presentation Dinner on Tuesday night at Mackay.

All events in the Tournament will be held under the auspices of the QVGA.

It is expected that the invitations to nominate for the 2019 Carnival will be issued in about April/May 2019. We urge you to pencil this event into your diary for 2019 to be sure that you don't miss this premier event of the Veteran golfing calendar. 

For more information, contact the  Tournament Director:
 Tony Bell - Email Phone: (07) 4942 3652  Mob: 0437 826 220   or
Pat Crompton - Email: Phone: (07) 4942 4985 Mob: 0402 868 539.


Draws for each competition will be published for your convenience on this web site or on the host club's web site several days prior to the event.

MOTORISED BUGGIES: The organisers will arrange the hire of all motorised buggies where requested. Please note, however, that at some courses, the availability of buggies is limited, and early nomination with your buggy reuest is suggested. All available carts will be controlled by the local Veterans Club through your nomination, so please do not try to book carts directly with the Clubs.

TEE TIMES: Whilst the organisers will make every effort to allocate a special tee time requested for medical reasons, we cannot guarantee that your request can be met.

 2 Rounds - 18 hole course
5781/5440 metres
easy walking Par 71/73
  2 Rounds - 18 hole course
5777/5270 metres
easy walking Par 71
  1 Round - 18 hole course
5825/4938 metres
easy walking Par 71
  1 Round - 18 hole course
5781/5440 metres
easy walking Par 71/73




Four round Championships – the prestige event of the Wintersun Carnival

Rounds 1 & 2  at Proserpine on Monday & Tuesday 5th & 6th August 2019 (field limit 220)
Rounds 3 & 4  at Mackay on Monday & Tuesday 12th & 13th August 2019 (field limit 230)

Men: Single Stroke – Women: Single Stableford – Tee times from 6:30 am
Gross (Men only) and Nett events in three grades.

Proserpine and Mackay are holding 36 hole and 18 hole events in conjunction with the Championships.  Nomination for the Championships includes your entry in the 36 and 18 hole events.

Players may nominate for Proserpine or Mackay only – refer to the Proserpine and Mackay events for detailed information.



Rounds 1 & 2 – Monday & Tuesday 5th & 6th August 2019
36 holes event; Morning and afternoon fields (2-tee start), morning field from 6:30 am.

Men: Single Stroke – Women: Single Stableford – Gross (Men only) and Nett events in three grades, with a Golden Years event in conjunction (Men – over 75 years, Women – over 70).

Round 1 and Round 2 18 hole nett events are held in conjunction with the 36 hole event.  Nomination for the Championships or the 36 hole event includes your entry in the 18 hole events.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the day on Monday and Tuesday.  A Presentation Luncheon on Tuesday (included in nomination) will be available continuously from 12:30 pm. An additional fee applies for non-playing guests at the luncheon.

Presentations for the 2 rounds will be held at Proserpine on Tuesday at the conclusion of the day’s competition.


Rounds 1 & 2 – Monday & Tuesday 12th & 13th August 2019
36 hole event; Morning and afternoon fields (2-tee start), morning field from 6:30 am.

Men: Single Stroke – Women: Single Stableford – Gross (Men only) and Nett events in three grades, with a Golden Years event in conjunction (Men – over 75 years, Women – over 70).

Round 1 and Round 2 18 hole nett events are held in conjunction with the 36 hole event.  Nomination for the Championships or the 36 hole event includes your entry in the 18 hole events.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the day on Monday and Tuesday.

The Wintersun Presentation Dinner (included in nomination) will be held at Mackay Golf Club, 7:00 for 7:30 pm.  Non-playing guests may attend for an additional fee. Presentations for the 2 rounds and the 72 hole Championships will be made at this function.



Thursday 8th August 2019 – 18 hole event at Sarina Golf Club, approximately 25 minutes south of Mackay.
Morning field (2-tee start), from 7:30 am – Men & Women: Single Stableford.

A Trophy Presentation lunch will be held at the clubhouse after the field finishes (included in nomination).

A superb 16-hole moderately hilly layout – recommended that you book early if you require a motorised cart.


Friday 9th August 2019 – 18 hole event at Pioneer Valley Golf Club, Mirani
approximately 40 minutes west of Mackay.
Morning field (2-tee start), from 8:00 am – Men & Women: Single Stableford.

A lunch (included in nomination) will be available after the round for early starters and at half time for later starters. Trophy Presentation will be held after the field finishes. An event not to be missed on this great par 72 18-hole layout.


Provisional Information Only - To Be Confirmed early in 2019

Proserpine Women’s Open – Fri (2nd) August 2019

Proserpine Mixed Foursomes Open – Sat (3rd) August 2019

Proserpine Men’s Open – Sun (4th) August 2019

Pioneer Valley Men’s Open – Sat & Sun (3rd & 4th) August 2019

Pioneer Valley Veterans Open – Thu (15th) August 2019

Black Springs Veterans Open – Fri (16th) August 2019

Many other North and Central Queensland clubs hold Veteran Golf events before and after Wintersun.

You can find details from the Queensland Veteran Golfers web site.


MACKAY: every Monday – contact Pat Crompton – (07) 4942 4985

PROSERPINE: every Tuesday – contact Kathryn Borer 0427 473 639

PIONEER VALLEY: every Thursday – ring Club – (07) 4959 1277

SARINA: every week – ring Club – (07) 4956 1761

BLACK SPRINGS: every Thursday – ring Club – (07) 4952 6446


  1. Each player must be a financial member of a registered Golf Club and have a current Golf Australia Handicap.
  2. Each player must be a financial member of a Veteran or Lady Veterans Golf Club.
  3. Playing Handicaps for each round on each course will be the player’s GA Handicap on the day or days specified by the Match Committee, adjusted for Slope Rating. If the Match Committee provides score cards with the Daily Playing Handicap recorded, that handicap is deemed to be the player's Daily Playing Handicap for that round.
  4. Grades for each event will be allocated based on the player’s GA Handicap or Daily Playing Handicap applicable on the day or days determined by the Match Committees for each of the separate events that make up the Wintersun Carnival. For each of the multi-round events, the grade allocated for Round 1 of that event will be retained by the player for the remaining rounds of that event, but may be different from the grade allocated for another event.
  5. Handicap ranges for Grade allocation will depend on nominations, with a view to attempting to even out numbers in each grade.
  6. The Rules of Golf shall apply and any local rules that are in operation at the time of the event.
  7. A player can win only one major trophy at each 18 or 36 hole event. The 72 hole championship is a separate event and does not affect/is not affected by trophy allocations for the other events.
  8. All fees must be paid with the Entry Form. No fees can be refunded after the close of nominations.

Why not stay on and play:

Pioneer Valley Golf Club Veterans Open
Thursday 15th August 2019 (T.B.C.)

Tee off from 9.00am using No. 1 and No. 10 tees. Nomination Form on the Golf Club’s web site – or ring on (07) 4959 1277.  Entry Fee T.B.A. with entry - includes lunch and trophies. Book Buggies early.

Closing Date: 8th August 2018 (T.B.C.). Late nominations will be accepted.

Black Springs Golf Club Veterans Open
Friday 16th August 2019 (T.B.C.)

Nomination Forms on the Club’s web site – or (07) 4952 6446 or  Entry Fee T.B.A. with entry - sausage sizzle and trophies. Book Buggies early.

Closing Date:  7th August 2018 (T.B.C.).


Looking for van park accommodation for Wintersun? You could check these out . . . .

Proserpine Tourist Park

79 - 83 Anzac Road, Proserpine 4800 - phone (07) 4945 1554

Proserpine Show Grounds

from Wed 31 July $15/night including gas. Just choose your site - John or Lorna will find you for your fees.

Andergrove Van Park

40 - 68 Beaconsfield Road East, Andergrove, Mackay 4740. - 1800 424 922 - (07) 4942 4922

The Wintersun Committees gratefully thank our sponsors and partners for their valued contribution to again ensure the success of this event - 24 years and still going strong.

To visit the web sites of our Naming Sponsor, click on the image below. Please also click on the sponsors' logos, which will also take you to their web pages, to see what services they can offer to you.