A NEW golf association has formed following the amalgamation of the men’s and women’s Goulburn Valley Golf Associations on July 27.
Seventeen of the 19 golf clubs in the district were represented at a meeting chaired by Golf Victoria chief executive Simon Brookhouse.
The motion to combine the two divisions and be known as the Goulburn Murray Golf Association was passed unanimously.
The meeting also saw Tatura’s Hill Top Club life member David Roberts elected as the first President of the new association.
In accepting the position of president, Mr Roberts paid tribute and gave thanks to long term GV men’s president Peter Fraser for his commitment and dedication over many years.
Roberts went on to thank the amalgamation committee led by former president of the women’s district Sue Pogue and its secretary Graeme Stevens for their hard work throughout three years to bring the amalgamation to fruition.
The merger was part of the total amalgamation process of separate male and female golf administrations throughout Victoria.
Golf Victoria itself was born from amalgamation of the state men and women associations in 2010.
Other office bearers elected were Lorraine Healy (Rich River) as vice president, Anne Beveridge (Tocumwal) as women’s captain, Graeme Stevens (Rich River) as men’s captain, Barry Scott (Kyabram Parkland) as secretary, Alex Howson (Hill Top Tatura) as treasurer and Roslyn Seymour (Tocumwal) as committee member.
Mr Brookhouse from Golf Victoria while acknowledging that the Goulburn Valley Associations were some of the last in the State to undertake the amalgamation, congratulated the committees for bringing the process to a smooth and positive conclusion and congratulated Roberts and the other newly elected office bearers and wished them well and hoped for a great relationship between the new Goulburn Murray Association and Golf Victoria.
Mr Roberts set the priorities for the new Association to be more transparent and more inclusive for all clubs in decision making and for the traditions of the past while being the foundation for the future, to be questioned and changed if benefits can be established.
There will be a few months of transition from the old to the new and all planned GV events for men and women will take place as scheduled.
These include the district championships as well as the participation of the GV squads in both senior and junior country week competitions in Melbourne in October.