Formation of the Victorian Serbian Golf Club
There originally existed only one official Serbian golf club in Victoria – the Geelong Serbian Golf Club which to date has been running for some 36 years. It was established in 1978, by its founder, and still, participating member, Dragan Stanisavljevic.
Many of us had travelled long distances, from Melbourne to Geelong to play in their monthly tournaments, but it soon became apparent that there existed a need to form another Serbian Golf Club to cater for those who because of age or time factor, found it difficult to travel long distances. Attempts to persuade the Geelong club to at least play half its games within the Melbourne metropolitan area continually failed, thus being the result of this second Serbian golf club being established.
In March of 2003, Milan Vekovich began to make suggestions that a club be established in Melbourne.
Finally, in May of 2003, a meeting took place at the Free Serbian Orthodox Church in Greensborough with the intention of establishing another Serbian golf club. Present at this meeting were, Dusan Celebicanin, Doug Pletikapa, Peter Drljaca (Snr), Dubravka Andrejic, Nash Gudelj and Milan Vekovich.
A motion was moved by Dusan Celebicanin that we accept the formation of another Serbian Golf club to cater for golfers within the Melbourne and surrounding suburbs.
Dusan Celebicanin accepted the position of its first President, Peter Drljaca (Snr) as its Vice President, Dubravka Andrejic as its Secretary and Milan Vekovich as its Treasurer. A proposal by Dusan Celebicanin to name the club, “Victorian Serbian Golf Club” was accepted by all and it was then left to Dusan to have this name registered with the appropriate authorities.
Milan Vekovich designed the clubs logo, which to this date is still displayed on our club shirts. Many of our club’s polo shirts have found their way around the world, including the rooms of the Belgrade Golf club in Serbia.
Sponsors, who helped finance the clubs initial costs were – Lovitt Technologies, Vekovich & Assoc. (Accountants), Mackies Pty Ltd, D.C.Dental, Endeavour Ceilings and Coburg City Motors who in return had their business identities advertised on our clubs shirts.
The clubs 1st round of golf attracted 22 participants and has slowly been growing; however the year 2014 has so far proven that this club can provide a challenge to any rivals. I must point out that in this year, together with a surge of new members, it allowed us to easily beat the Geelong club and win for the first time, the Milutin Kostic Memorial Golf cup event challenge played annually between our two clubs.
The clubs home base was originally attached to the premises of the Free Serbian Orthodox Church, St Sava in Greensborough where it had for many years displayed its boards and trophies. In 2010, it was decided to remove itself from these premises.
It currently has no home base; however, discussions are in progress for the club to move its base to the Serbian Sports Center here in Keysborough.