say Thank You and Good Golfing to all Veteran Men & Women Golfers who joined in the fun at the
AU REVOIR - TILL WE MEET AGAIN
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com Phone: (07) 4942 3652 Mob: 0437 826 220 or
Pat Crompton - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
PROGRAM OF EVENTS 2019
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.
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
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 –
www.pioneervalleygolf.com 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 –
www.blackspringsgolfcourse.com or (07) 4952 6446 or email@example.com. Entry Fee T.B.A. with entry - sausage sizzle and trophies. Book Buggies early.
Closing Date: 7th August 2018 (T.B.C.).
ACCOMMODATION FOR WINTERSUN
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. www.andergrovevanpark.com - 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.
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