Date: June 10, 2016
Author: John Coomber, Bonnie Doon GC

Meredith remembered in fine style

The wild weather meant no golf last Saturday for many, but it didn't stop friends and family of David Meredith gatheriing at Bonnie Doon Golf Club for a lunch to mark the first anniversary of the club stalwart's death.

Meredith was a fixture at Bonnie Doon for more than half a century, from his boyhood days as a caddie until his death last year at the age of 74.

He won the Australian Senior Amateur championship and was once leading amateur in the NZ Open, but oddly he never won his own club championship.

That had a lot to do with the quality of the opposition. Among those at the lunch were four former champions with 28 Doon championships between them, Barrie Baker, Greg Bell, Kevin Dart, and Bruce Nairn.

These four gentlemen represent over half of the club titles decided between 1961, when Bruce "Nana" Nairn won his first, and 2014, when Kevin Dart posted an emotional victory at the age of 55.

For the record, Nairn appeared in seven finals and won them all. Baker won 10 of 15, Bell 10 of 20 and Dart one of two.

The tally of club championships in the room would have been greater had six-time winner David Bromley not been stranded in Port Kembla by the massive storm.