Celebrating 40 Years at the NSW Aboriginal Golf Championship

11 October, 2019

The image above is from the inaugural 1979 Championship with (left to right) Ian Stanley, Male winner Chooky Lester, Syd Jackson and Kel Llewellyn.

11 October 2019

Celebrating 40 Years at the NSW Aboriginal Golf Championship

More than a hundred avid golfers have travelled to western Sydney today, to compete in the 40th Anniversary NSW Aboriginal Golf Championship.

The 2019 event honours and celebrates 40 years of competition, and the committee members who organised the first Championship in 1979.

As the golfers teed off early this morning at Dunheved Golf Club, they were reminded of the work and commitment of the original committee members, and those who followed them.

A national Championship was the brainchild of Carlton Australian Rules legend Syd Jackson and Bob Morgan, who were soon supported by Dunheved Golf Club Captain John Delaney, Dan Rose, Captain Reg Saunders and PGA members Ian Stanley and Kelvin Llewelyn.

Over the years the championships have attracted the best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander golfers from across the country and have been hosted by some of the best courses and complexes including; The Vines (WA), The Horizons (NSW), Growling Frog (VIC), Bonville (NSW), Alice Springs (NT), Campbelltown (NSW) and Kennedy Bay (WA).

NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) is a proud sponsor of this significant sporting event, which offers players a top-class competition to showcase their skills, renew friendships, make memories and share stories of missed putts and prodigious drives. 

The NSW Aboriginal Golf Championship is open to Male and Female amateur golfers with a current Australian Handicap.

The winners of the inaugural event 40 years ago were La Perouse legend Chooky Lester and Sonya (Scott) Hinkley.


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.