Call for more clubs to join in

September 01, 2017

David and Bev Roberts have been playing golf as part of the respective men's and women's bodies in the region. Now both have joined to form the Goulburn Murray Golf Association, with David as president.

The women’s and men’s golf districts in the region have become one.

The newly formed Goulburn Murray Golf Association will combine the Goulburn Valley District Golf Association and the Goulburn Valley Ladies Golf Association following a historic first meeting last month.

Coming with the new association is a new president, as David Roberts steps into the role.

The Hill Top Golf and Country Club life member — having served as president, treasurer and captain during his time — said the association was taking the lead of Golf Victoria.

The state’s governing body is encouraging regional entities to merge its men’s and women’s associations, with those in the Goulburn Valley one of the final to make the move.

But Roberts said he would not be looking to make a raft of changes too swiftly.

‘‘It’s going to be a slow transition because the men’s association and the women’s association had things planned, so we’re just letting that go as scheduled and then we will gradually take over,’’ he said.

‘‘But for the first three weeks all our focus has just been on the legalities and getting our certificate and making sure we’ve done all the legal things.’’

A nine-hole competition that begins on October 15 at Rich River Golf Club is the first major event the Goulburn Murray Golf Association will organise.

Having been in the process of a merger for about three years, Roberts said golfers from across the region motivated him to put his hand up for the presidency.

‘‘A few people from other clubs suggested that I should do it and encouraged me,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve been the same my whole life, it’s no use sitting around and moaning, if something’s no good you want to do it and put your hand up and have a go.’’

Easing into the role, the accredited golf course evaluator is looking to create a committee and establish delegates at each club.

‘‘We’ll try a few things, even if not competition golf trying to get people into golf and try and spread the word,’’ Roberts said.

‘‘From my own thoughts in terms of running the show, I want it to be more open and transparent and (have) more clubs involved.’’

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