Team South goes Back-to-Back, winning 2024 Trans-Murray Matchplay

Team South Goes Back-to-Back, capturing 2024 Trans-Murray Matchplay

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It was an exciting week of golf for the 2024 Trans-Murray Matchplay. 66 golfers from both sides of the Murray River returned to Canberra to represent their region, and battle for supremacy in this annual Teams Matchplay event. This was the 11th running of the annual Trans-Murray Matchplay, and Team South was keen to repeat their success from 2023, while Team North was hoping to reclaim their past glory, and bring the "Murray" trophy home.

There was some incredible competition, great sportsmanship, and some truly awesome camaraderie throughout the week.

Day 1

The First day's action (Pairs/Ambrose), was an absolute CRACKER of a day at Royal Canberra Golf Club. The course proved why it is one of Australia's BEST courses, as it was in amazing condition, and a pure delight for our players. Laughs and smiles all around!

Highlights of the day include a "Trick" shot that ended up in a cart (Hey, play it as it lies), and one shot that actually went backwards (straight off the club!), as well as some MONSTER putts made all around. Team South jumped out of the gates with a solid 10-7 Lead, but anything can happen. Full results from Day 1 can be seen below:
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Day 2

Day 2 of the TMMP saw HEAPS of action, with Team North putting on a show at Gold Creek.  In the Alternate-shot pairs format of the day, it was a wave of light blue, as Team North mounted a stellar comeback, taking 11 matches to South's 6, edging ahead of Team South by an overall margin of 18-16.

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Day 3

There was excitement in the air for the all-important Singles matches on Day 3, at the picturesque Gungahlin Lakes. The scoring was tight, and both teams were feeling the pressure. In pleasant playing conditions, on a very playable course, players from both teams battled hard in their matches, as they knew that EVERY POINT MATTERED.

Following the round, the points were tallied as the players enjoyed drinks, food, laughter and stories of made (and missed) putts from the week.

When the points were finalised, Team South had dominated the final day, 20 matches to 12, resulting in a final Tournament Score of 36 South to 30 North. Team South had gone Back-to-Back!

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Congratulations to Team South!!

Final points:

Team D1 D2 D3 Total Points
North 7.0 11.0 12.0 30
South 10.0 6.0 20.0 36

For day-by-day scores and matches, see the leaderboard on Golf Genius.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank all the competitors (and their spouses/partners/plus-ones) for an incredible week at the 2024 Trans-Murray Matchplay. The success of these events is mostly due to the quality of the participants, and we believe that our golfers are of the highest quality anywhere!

A very special thanks to our host courses, Royal Canberra, Gold Creek and Gungahlin Lakes, as well as sponsors Srixon Australia & New Zealand, Garmin and our hotel partner, Mantra on Northbourne.

Photo Galleries: 2024 Trans-Murray Matchplay

Team South surges to victory in 2023 TMMP

Team South Surges to Victory in 2023 Trans-Murray Matchplay

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It was a thrilling week of golf for the 2023 TMMP, February 1-3, 2023. 60 golfers from both sides of the Murray River returned to Canberra to represent their region, and battle for victory (and the all-important “bragging rights”). This was the 10th running of the annual Trans-Murray Matchplay event, and with Team North having largely dominated the event over the years, Team South was determined to nab a victory, and bring the "Murray" trophy home to Victoria.

There was some incredible competition, great sportsmanship, and some truly awesome camaraderie throughout the week.

Day 1

The First day's action (Pairs/Ambrose), was a split field, held at the at the lovely Gungahlin Lakes GC and Gold Creek Country Club. The day saw Team North take the early lead, capturing 9.5 points to Team South's 5.5. It was a wild day, as the lead changed hands multiple times.

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Day 2

Day 2 of the TMMP saw HEAPS of action, with Team South "Bringing all the smoke" to the competition. Royal Canberra Golf Club was an absolute treat, and the golfers were all smiles. In the Alternate-shot pairs format of the day, it was a wave of green early, with Team South dominating nearly all matches. But North fought hard (and fought the gusting winds) to claw back a few points. When the final putts dropped, Team South had won the day 9 to 6. Almost a mirror image of Day 1. This brought the event to 15.5 to 14.5, in favour of Team North. Only ONE match separating the sides.

2023 TMMP Day 2 scores

 

Day 3

There was excitement in the air for the all-important Singles matches on Day 3, at the picturesque Federal Golf Club. The scoring was tight, and both teams were feeling the pressure. In pleasant playing conditions, on a very playable course, players from both teams battled hard in their matches, as they knew that EVERY POINT MATTERED.

Following the round, the points were tallied as the players enjoyed drinks, food, laughter and stories of made (and missed) putts from the week. Team captains Stuart Read (North) and Gav Doran (South) gave a few speeches, thanking the players for their great spirit and camaraderie throughout the week.  Following up on a small promise/wager, Gav even had a drink from one of Stuart's massive size-18 shoes (hereafter referred to as Das Boot).

When the points were finalised, Team South had captured the 2023 TMMP BY A SINGLE POINT, 30pts-29pts, courtesy of a 15.5 to 13.5 point day.

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Congratulations to Team South!!

FUN FACT: Over the last five years of the event, four out of five results have been determined by one point.

Final points:

Team D1 D2 D3 Total Points
North 9.50 6.00 13.50 29.00
South 5.50 9.00 15.50 30.00

For day-by-day scores and matches, see the leaderboard on Golf Genius.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank all the competitors (and their spouses/partners/plus-ones) for an incredible week. The success of these events is mostly due to the quality of the participants, and we believe that our golfers are of the highest quality anywhere!

A very special thanks to our sponsors Srixon Australia & New Zealand, Garmin and our hotel partner, Mantra on Northbourne.

2024 Trans-Murray Match Play

The 2024 Trans-Murray Match Play

Canberra - Feb 8-10, 2024

It's Mate v Mate and State v State in this Teams Matchplay Event.

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WHAT: 2024 SGA Trans-Murray Matchplay
WHEN:
Feb 8-10, 2024
WHERE:
Royal Canberra, Gold Creek CC and Gungahlin Lakes.
FORMAT: Team Matchplay (Pairs Better Ball, Pairs Alternate and Singles Matchplay)
WHO: Open to all golfers, regardless of skill, background, gender or age.
WHY: Cameraderie, fun, and prizes
WHAT'S INCLUDED: 54 holes of golf, Accommodation, Team Attire, Presentation Dinner and Champion Medals.
HOW MUCH: Packages start at $899 per person.

The 2024 Trans-Murray Match Play Tees off in:

The Courses

Royal Canberra

Royal Canberra

Gary Player called it "The Most Beautiful Course in Australia". And his point is hard to argue. A picturesque setting, with some truly world-class golf awaits all who are lucky enough to tread the fairways of Royal Canberra. Set amidst the magnificent Westbourne Woods arboretum, Royal Canberra offers world class facilities and a 27 hole Championship course.

Gold Creek

Gold Creek Country Club

A true 18-hole championship layout, Gold Creek CC was designed by well-known and internationally-acclaimed Australian golfer and course architect, Bruce Devlin.  Opened in 1996, the course offers a great test for golfers of all abilities and strategy is key to play well here.

Gungahlin

Gungahlin Lakes

Gungahlin Lakes Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course characterised by its lakes, creeks and water carries. Whether it be the water, dogleg fairways or bunkers, each hole has its own unique challenge in getting to the large bent grass greens. The course layout provides an enjoyable yet testing round for all players, rewarding those that approach it strategically. And it provides a fitting challenge for the final round of our event!

2024 TMMP Accommodation

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The Hotel - Mantra on Northbourne

Mantra on Northbourne is perfectly located a short walk from the CBD and famous attractions such as Parliament House, the War Memorial and the National Gallery, and only a few metres from the city's thriving shopping precinct, hip bars and cool cafes.  We have Quad-Share accommodation in Two-Bedroom Apartments included in the package with the option to upgrade to a One-Bedroom Apartment (Single or Twin-Share) or a Single Hotel Room.

And yes, the hotel bar will be open for post-round festivities.

2024 TMMP Itinerary

Our 54-hole event will be contested Thursday-Saturday, giving golfers the opportunity to stay over in the ACT for an extended break.

On the Thursday, golfers will play the magnificent Royal Canberra, one of the best courses in Australia. Day 2 will see you playing Gold Creek Country Club, with Gungahlin Lakes hosting the final round on the Saturday as well as the presentation dinner immediately after play.

Thursday 8th Feb 1:00 Shotgun Start Round 1 Royal Canberra 2-Ball Ambrose Match Play
Friday 9th Feb 10:00am Shotgun Round 2 Gold Creek CC 2-Ball Pinehurst (Modified Alternate Shot) Match Play
Saturday 10th Feb 11:38 and 12:53 One-Tee Start off 10th and 1st tees Round 3 Gungahlin Lakes TMMP Singles (Post-Golf BBQ/Presentation)
Sunday 11th Feb Depart Check-out

The 2024 Trans-Murray Match Play Package

Standard Package

  • Thursday Golf at Royal Canberra

  • Friday Golf at Gold Creek

  • Saturday Golf at Gungahlin Lakes

  • 3 nights Accomm - Thurs-Sat at Mantra

  • Official TMMP Shirt and Cap

  • Fully-Hosted 54-Hole Event, with Medals for each player on the winning team

  • Post-Golf Presentation Dinner at Gungahlin Lakes

Optional Extras

  • Golf Course Transfers for 3 days ($125)

  • Shared Cart at Royal Canberra ($25pp)

  • Extra Night Accomm ($90-220)

Important Notes regarding Golf Carts:

  • Each course has a limited number of golf carts available. These will be allocated on a first-in-best-dressed basis, with consideration given first to those with a medical certificate, etc.
  • In the event of extreme weather (i.e. a string of days over 35 degrees), Royal Canberra may ban all carts (to protect the fairways). Players will be notified in advance. 

Quad-Share
2BR Apartment

$899 per person

  • Includes all golf and events listed above.
  • Extra nights (Wed) available from $90 per person per night

Twin-Share
1BR Apartment

$979 per person

  • Includes all golf and events listed above.
  • Extra nights (Wed) available from $120 per person per night

Hotel Room
(Single)

$1199 per person

  • Includes all golf and events listed above.
  • Extra nights (Wed) available from $180 per person per night

1BR Apartment
(Single)

$1299 per person

  • Includes all golf and events listed above.
  • Extra nights (Wed) available from $220 per person per night

Golf Only
(Single)

$610 per person

  • Includes all golf and events listed above.
  • No Accommodation included.

Book-in ASAP

2024 TMMP Sponsors

Srixon Cleveland Golf
Cleveland Golf
Garmin Australia
Heathcote Winery logo
DG-Logo_Stacked_Tagline-OnWhite-CMYK
The Card Network Logo
Pub and Bar card
The Card Network

Your Hosts for the 2024 Trans-Murray Match Play

This trip/event is one of SGA's Major Events each year, and will be hosted by (nearly) the entire team. With six SGA Staff in attendance all week, your trip is set to be fun, memorable and hassle-free.

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Mick David

General Manager
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

SGA Founder
Richard Fellner

Richard Fellner

Media Manager
Sheri Yu

Sheri Yu

Travel Manager
2022 Trans-Murray Matchplay

Ricardo Walkes

NSW Tour Manager
Paul White

Paul White

Handicap Manager

Contact us about the 2024 Trans-Murray Match Play

2023 Trans-Murray Match Play, Canberra, ACT

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The 2023 Trans-Murray Match Play

Canberra - Feb 1-3, 2023

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A major annual highlight on the calendar for many of our golfers, the SGA 2023 Trans-Murray Match Play event is open for bookings!

SGA golfers will return to Canberra for our annual Ryder Cup-style tournament between teams of SGA  golfers representing regions North & South of the Murray River.

Just a short three-hour drive from Sydney, and six hours from Melbourne, Canberra has everything our golfers love in an event location: World-class golf courses, high-quality accommodation, and an abundance of after-golf activities and festivities!

PLUS: This year features a new schedule AND course on the TMMP Roster.

The 2023 Trans-Murray Match Play Tees off in:

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The Courses

Royal Canberra

Royal Canberra

Gary Player called it "The Most Beautiful Course in Australia". And his point is hard to argue. A picturesque setting, with some truly world-class golf awaits all who are lucky enough to tread the fairways of Royal Canberra. Set amidst the magnificent Westbourne Woods arboretum, Royal Canberra offers world class facilities and a 27 hole Championship course.

Federal GC

Federal GC

The 18 hole championship course features pristine Santa Ana couch fairways and quality bent grass greens which are protected by well-placed bunkers. The bushland setting features grand views of the Brindabella Ranges, contributing to the special place that is Federal Golf Course. The course has featured in the Golf Digest Top 100 Australian Courses, with a current ranking of 48 in Golf Australia’s best public access courses.

Gold Creek

Gold Creek Country Club

A true 18-hole championship layout, Gold Creek CC was designed by well-known and internationally-acclaimed Australian golfer and course architect, Bruce Devlin.  Opened in 1996, the course offers a great test for golfers of all abilities and strategy is key to play well here.

Gungahlin

Gungahlin Lakes

Gungahlin Lakes Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course characterised by its lakes, creeks and water carries. Whether it be the water, dogleg fairways or bunkers, each hole has its own unique challenge in getting to the large bent grass greens. The course layout provides an enjoyable yet testing round for all players, rewarding those that approach it strategically. And it provides a fitting challenge for the final round of our event!

2023 TMMP Accommodation

Trans-Murray Matchplay

The Hotel - Mantra on Northbourne

Mantra on Northbourne is perfectly located a short walk from the CBD and famous attractions such as Parliament House, the War Memorial and the National Gallery, and only a few metres from the city's thriving shopping precinct, hip bars and cool cafes.  We have Quad-Share accommodation in Two-Bedroom Apartments included in the package with the option to upgrade to a One-Bedroom Apartment (Single or Twin-Share) or a Single Hotel Room.

2023 TMMP Itinerary

New schedule: Our 54-hole event will be contested Wednesday-Friday, giving golfers the opportunity to either return home for the weekend, OR to stay over in the ACT for an extended break.

On the Wednesday, golfers will play either Gungahlin Lakes OR a new course on the Rota: Gold Creek Country Club.  Day 2 will see you playing the magnificent  Royal Canberra, with Federal GC hosting the final round on the Friday as well as the presentation dinner immediately after play.

Wednesday 1st Feb 1:00 1-Tee Start Round 1 Gungahlin Lakes OR Gold Creek 2-Ball Ambrose Match Play
Thursday 2nd Feb 1:00 Shotgun Round 2 Royal Canberra GC 2-Ball Pinehurst (Modified Alternate Shot) Match Play
Friday 3rd Feb 11:56 2-Tee Start Round 3 Federal GC TMMP Singles (Post-Golf BBQ/Presentation)
Saturday 4th Feb Depart Check-out

The 2023 Trans-Murray Match Play Package

Standard Package

Wednesday golf at Gungahlin Lakes OR Gold Creek

Thursday golf at Royal Canberra Golf Club

Friday golf at The Federal Golf Club

Official TMMP shirt and cap (Team North & Team South)

3 nights stay Wed - Fri at Mantra on Northbourne

Post-Golf Presentation Dinner at Federal

Fully-hosted 54-hole event, with Medals for each player on the winning team.

Optional Extras

Golf Course Transfers for 3 days: $110

Shared Cart for golf on Thurs, Fri or Sat ($25pp/day)

Extra Night Accommodation ($110-$219)

Important Notes regarding Golf Carts:

  • Each course has a limited number of golf carts available. These will be allocated on a first-in-best-dressed basis, with consideration given first to those with a medical certificate, etc.
  • In the event of extreme weather (i.e. a string of days over 35 degrees), Royal Canberra may ban all carts (to protect the fairways). Players will be notified in advance. 

Quad-Share
2BR Apartment

$795 per person

  • Includes all golf and events listed above.
  • Extra nights available from $90 per person per night

Twin-Share
1BR Apartment

$855 per person

  • Includes all golf and events listed above.
  • Extra nights available from $110 per person per night

Hotel Room
(Single)

$1063 per person

  • Includes all golf and events listed above.
  • Extra nights available from $180 per person per night

1BR Apartment
(Single)

$1182 per person

  • Includes all golf and events listed above.
  • Extra nights available from $219 per person per night

A $200 deposit secures your place in this exclusive field.

Full payment due 1st December 2022.

2023 TMMP Sponsors

Srixon Cleveland Golf
Cleveland Golf
Garmin Australia
Heathcote Winery logo
DG-Logo_Stacked_Tagline-OnWhite-CMYK
The Card Network Logo
Pub and Bar card
The Card Network

Book with Confidence

FLEXIBLE REFUNDS AVAILABLE IN CASE OF COVID-19 TRAVEL CANCELLATION

While there is still uncertainty in the market, especially regarding the potential re-opening of borders and travel, etc, we would like to re-assure all of our golfers that we have coordinated with our event partners to arrange flexible refund policies. Thus, you can enter with confidence, knowing you can access FULL REFUNDS if required in the case of outside agencies forcing a cancellation or postponement.

Contact us about the 2023 Trans-Murray Match Play

Call or e-mail one of our team members or fill out the form below.

Michael David

Mick David

General Manager
0402 488 253
mick@sgatour.com.au
Dean Miller

Dean Miller

Major Events
0416 208 281
dean@sgatour.com.au
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

SGA Founder
0425 742 501
matt@sgatour.com.au

Team North takes epic 2022 TMMP by a point

2022 Trans-Murray Matchplay

Team North captures epic 2022 Trans-Murray Matchplay by one point

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It was a thrilling week of golf for the 2022 Trans-Murray Matchplay, Jan 15-18, 2022. 64 golfers from both sides of the Murray River returned to Canberra to represent their region, and battle for victory (and the all-important “bragging rights”).

There was some incredible competition, great sportsmanship, and some truly awesome camaraderie throughout the week.

Day 1

The First day's action (Pairs/Ambrose, held at the magnificent Royal Canberra GC) saw Team North in the lead, capturing 9 points to Team South's 7. It was a wild day, as the lead changed hands multiple times. Day 1 score: North 9, South 7.

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Day 2

For Day 2, (Pairs/ Alternate-Shot/Foursomes) at the picturesque Federal Golf Club, Team South clawed their way back by one point, courtesy of some strong play throughout. Day 2 score: North 16.5, South 15.5.

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Day 2's action was punctuated by a Hole-in-One by Team North's Noel Frogley, who aced the difficult (and long) par-3 12th hole. Congratulations, Noel! (See photos in the Day 2 Gallery)

Day 3

There was electricity in the air for the Singles matches on Day 3, at the lovely Gungahlin Lakes Golf Course. The scoring was tight, and both teams were feeling the pressure.

Following the round, the points were tallied (and re-tallied, and re-re-tallied ... it was THAT close), and when the Day's leaderboard was finalised, it showed a Tie for the day - 16 points each, and thus a victory to Team North by a SINGLE POINT, via a margin of 36.5 points to 35.5 points.

Congratulations to Team North!!

Final points leaderboard

Team D1 D2 D3 Total Points
North 9.00 7.50 16.00 32.50
South 7.00 8.50 16.00 31.50

For day-by-day scores and matches, see the leaderboard on Golf Genius: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/7472180679111899806

Special Thanks

We would like to thank all the competitors (and their spouses/partners/plus-ones) for an incredible week. The success of these events is mostly due to the quality of the participants, and we believe that our golfers are of the highest quality anywhere!

A very special thanks to our sponsors Srixon Australia & New Zealand, Garmin and our hotel partner, Mantra on Northbourne.