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DSC01522Warrnambool2017Gordon Claney had a strong win in this year's Moyne Seniors at Port Fairy. With a 4 under par (72,68) total he beat last year's winner Robert Wallace from Midlands (74,75) by 9 shots with a further shot back to last event's runaway winner Kym Olsen from The National (78,72). Gordon was under pressure as he led the Bachli Trophy by the narrowist of margins, and needed to beat Kym Olsen in this final event to retain the lead.

Henk Van De Ven from Howlong won the Nett event with a pair of Nett 69's to beat Patrick Mitchell from Leongatha (71,68) by 1 shot with James Dalton from Bendigo (71,71) another 3 shots back.

In the women's event Susan Lush from Gardiners Run won with 73 points and Helen Pascoe won the scratch event with 67 points.

The course was in great condition and weather conditions were perfect - not the usual windy & cool Port Fairy.MeltonValley2017MelbClassic20171northern2017




Kym Olsen from The National had a very resounding 6 under par win (70,68) at Warrnambool beating fellow Australian team members Ian Frost (78,73) and Gordon Claney (76,75) by 13 shots. This follows Kym's recent win in the Tasmanian Seniors.

The Nett event was won by Chris Keeshan from Centenary Park (70,68), by 4 shots ahead of George Kotaridis from Kew (73, 69) who also celebrated his first hole in one on the 9th hole. Chris is a regular Seniors player and this was his first win - he was most appreciative.

The women's event was won by local Vicki Johnstone with 68 points and the scratch event by Helen Pascoe with 54 points.

The Warrnambool course was very well presented but the weather was very hot for this time of year, especially in Warrnambool, with twoWarrnambool2017 30+ degree days.

The Bachli is set up for a thrilling down to the wire finish. Gordon Claney is leading Kim Olsen be a bare 4 points and they are both dropping of  156 pointers at the final Moyne event. Ian Frost, the reigning Bachli champion, is just 96 points behind Gordon but is not playing Port Fairy.

The Lulofs Trophy is also going down to the wire; John Kelly is leading by a narrow margin but not playing the final event at Port Fairy. Three others could also win the Trophy - Ignatius Duivenvoorden, Keith Finkelde & George Kotaridis.




Barry Tippett from Barwon Heads won this year's Melton Valley Seniors with a fine 73 by one shot from Andrew Hansen from Eastern and last year's winner and local Mick Kaufman. This was only the second Bachli event Barry has played this year.

Local Butch Ridgeway scorched his way to a great win in the Nett event with a 64 Nett, just one shot ahead of fellow local Bob Grant.

The women's event was taken out by Kerry Scales from Port Fairy with 38 points and Helen Pascoe took out the scratch event with 29 points.




Ken O'Brien from Rossdale has won this year's Melbourne Senior Classic with rounds of 74, 71 at Spring Valley & Woodlands respectively. Ken beat Greg Ebinger from Spring Valley (75,72) by 2 shots with a further 4 shots back to Michael Doutch from Woodlands (81,70). It was a very strong performance by Ken beating a strong field which included the 2 Bachli leaders, plus the current Victorian Senior Champion & overnight leader. Ken also had the low Nett score by 6 shots.

Ian Fraser from Huntingdale (73,70) won the Nett trophy by 2 shots over Michael Doutch (78, 67) who scorched home in round 2 on his home course for the round of the day 70. He got second on a countback over Ian McLeary from Kooringal (77,68).

There was a small Women's field with Carmelle Claney from Kingston Heath taking out the event with 62 points on a count-back, and Sue Wooster from The National taking out the scratch event with 56 points.

Conditions were wet and windy at Spring Valley with 2 breaks for lightening resulting in 6+hr rounds. Conditions were much better at Woodlands and the scores were reflective. Both courses were in great condition and great hospitality was shown by both clubs.MelbClassic20171





Tom Harold from Darwin won this year's Northern Senior Amateur with rounds of 75, 74 to beat Metropolitan's Doug Francis (75, 74) on a close count-back with a further 3 shots back to Malcolm Barnes from Neangar Park (75,77).

The Nett event was taken out by Keith Finkelde from Latrobe (Nett 74,68) by just one shot over local Russell Righton (75,68), on a countback over Tom Harold (72,71) and Lou Villani from Melbourne Airport (72,71).

In the Women's event Liz Alston from Winchelsea won with 64 points and local, Angela Villani won the scratch event with 36 points.

The small field contended with ordinary weather with with showers day one and fine conditions day two, and the course was presented in great condition.



dscn2359 37124730962 oIan Frost from Bendigo won this year's Lang Lang Seniors with a 77, 2 shots ahead of Ken O'Brien from Rossdale on a countback over John Kelly from Metropolitan and Pancho DeNeefe from Kew. Ian recovered well, after being 6 over the card for the first 4 holes.

Paul Williams from Kew won the Nett with a 68, one shot ahead of Paul McConville from Centenary Park.

In the women's event Kay Price from Settlers Run won the stableford event with 34 points and Sue Lush from Chirnside Park won the scratch event with 19 points.

The course was in good condition especially considering the recent heavy rains, and weather conditions were good for the field of 58 men and 12 women.


2017-vic-senior-am-winners 37060028271 oDoug Francis from Metropolitan (79,71,73) won this year's Victorian Seniors Amateur in a close finish just one shot ahead of club mate and early leader John Kelly (70,79,75). There were a clear 4 shots back to third placed Gordon Claney from Kingston Heath (82,72,74). This is the "young" Doug Francis' 2nd win from 4 Bachli events, a great start to a promising future in Seniors golf.

Guy Krall from The National (75,70,71) won the nett event by 2 shots over John Kelly and by 3 ahead of official runner-up Ian Mcleary from Kooringal (70,71,78).

The event was played at Bairnsdale Golf Club rounds one and three with round two at Lakes Entrance, and the event attracted a very good field of 118 players. The weather conditions were great and the two very different courses presented in very good condition - the overall condition of Bairnsdale was impressive and the greens at Lakes Entrance were exceptional.


Chris Tatt from Buninyong had a resounding win in this year's Bendigo Senior Amateur. After an opening 1 under 71 he shot a 5 under 67 to finish 6 under the card and 9 shots ahead of runner-up John Kelly from Metropolitan (77,70). Local favorite Ian Frost was a further 2 shots back. Chris off a 1 handicap also had the best Nett score by 4 shots, an impressive performance.

The Nett event was taken out by local Gerard O'Sullivan (Nett 72,68) by one shot ahead of Melton's Mick Kaufman (70,71).

There was also a womens event with Elizabeth Alston winning with 70 stableford points and Helen Pascoe taking out the scratch event with 62 points.

The event was very successful with 81 players enjoying perfect weather conditions.



DSC01458Adam Charleston from Lonsdale won this year's Royal Melbourne Seniors with a 78, one shot ahead of 4 players on 79 - Gordon Claney on countback over Kim Johnson from The National, Mark Abeyaratne from Peninsula-Kingswood and Stephen Valentine from Kew. Adam is a regular seniors player but this was his first victory. It was a great win for him playing off a 7 handicap, there was a large field of 92 players and the field was strong including 2 Australian team members. He was most appreciative of the victory.

The Nett event was taken out by Stuart Allen from Peninsula - Kingswood with a Nett 73 on countback over Sam Gabriele from Northern.

The scores reflected the tough and windy conditions although there was very little rain. 


DSC01447Ian Frost from Bendigo won this year's Metropolitan Plate with a fine one over 72, 2 shots ahead of Gordon Claney and John Wheeler from The National (& Metropolitan!). Ian indicated that he believed Metropolitan was one of the world's best and was very complimentary about how the course was presented.

Paul Fink from RACV Cape Schanck won the Nett event with a nett 71, 1 shot ahead of local Leigh Bull on countback ahead of David Elmslie from Commonwealth. There was a capacity plus field of 75, and as well as complimenting the course Paul was appreciative of the club to allow the 3 reserves who turned up hoping for late withdrawals, a game. Paul was one of them.

It was a cool start to the day but the wood fires on the first few tees were much appreciated. It turned out to be a beautiful day, and the course was in great condition for this time of year.




John Kelly from Metropolitan won the Victoria Senior Amateur with a very good par round of 71 for a 3 shot victory over Kim Johnson from The National on countback over Gordon Claney and Ian Donaldson from Yerring Meadows. John has been a very consistent performer on the seniors for a little over 12 months but this was his first victory, and his acceptance speech indicated his happiness with the victory.

Peter Duscher from Coomealla won the Nett with a very good 67 on countback over Geoff Besgrove from Yowani (ACT).

A good field of 88 players enjoyed windy but relatively good conditions to enjoy the very good course conditions of the Victoria golf course. As in the past, the hospitality provided in the fine traditional club house was terrific.



Commonwealth2017Gordon Claney won his second 'Sandbelt' event at Commonwealth with a fine par 73 finishing three shots ahead of official runner up John Hasthorpe from Trafalgar (and Commonwealth!).

The Nett event was taken out by visiting NSW player Rowan Easterbrook from Oatlands who had an excellent 74 Nett 70, to finish one ahead of fellow NSW player Andrew Pritchard-Davies from Monash. Gordon Claney in his acceptance speech complimented Rowan on his performance.

The course was in great condition and weather was again OK for this time of year.


KingstonHeath2017Commonwealth2017John Owen from Barwon Heads won this year's Kingston Heath Seniors with a fine 73, 3 shots ahead of Mark Limon from The National, with a further shot back to Michael Doutch from Woodlands. The 3 'plus' handicappers in the field were next on 78.

The Nett event was taken out by Mervyn Same from Huntingdale with a good Nett 70, one shot ahead of Ian Henry from RACV Cape Schanck.

The course was in very good condition and although cool with the occasional light shower the wind stayed away.


YarraYarra2017Gordon Claney started his 'Sandbelt' events with a successful defense of his Yarra Yarra title. His fine 74 was 2 ahead of John Neeson from Catalina Country Club with a further shot back to John Owen from Barwon Heads.

Stephen Pettyfor from Eastwood had an excellent Nett 70 to win the Nett by 2 shots over Rob Krekelberg from Trafalgar.

64 players, many from interstate, battled cold and damp conditions but the wind did not get up much and there were no heavy showers. The course was in improved condition.




Chris  Tatt from Buninyong (76,75,75) won this year's Coomealla Senior Championship by 3 shots over Ross Percy from Cobram Barooga (77,74,78)with a further 4 shots back to Malcolm  Barnes from Neangar Park (77,79,77).

Local Stan Prymke (76,71,68) won the Nett event by 7 shots ahead of fellow local Walter Schultz (79,72,71).

The women's event was taken out by Sharon Wilson from Yarrawonga Mulwala with 107 stableford points and the scratch event was taken out by Helen Pascoe from Buninyong with 96 points.



DSC01406David Robb, after his maiden seniors win at Shepparton, followed up in the same week with his second seniors win, at Tocumal. Exactly as per Shepparton he finished strongly, with the low round of the event from the second seeded group, to overtake the leaders and win. His 77,74 was 1 shot better than Greg Holmes from Broadford (75,77) with a further 2 shots back to consistent performer Malcolm Barnes from Neangar Park (79, 75).

In the opening round there were two exceptional scores - Patrick Mitchell from Eastern had a 76 nett 64 to be one off the gross pace off his 12 handicap. Wayne Moriarty from Commercial Albury had  a 75 nett 68 to be equal leader off his 7 handicap - great efforts.

Patrick Mitchell went on to win the Nett (64,71) by 3 shots over Chris Mansour from Centenary Park (70,68).

The womens event was won by Heather Harley from Kooringal with 67 points on a countback over Judy Langford from Wodonga.

The numbers were a little disappointing this year after a restricted field on a composite course last year. The weather and course conditions were much improved this year. The courses were in excellent condition and weather conditions were ideal, except the frost on day 2 preventing the cutting of the greens.




David Robb from Corowa (78,72) won his first Seniors event at Shepparton with a fine par 72 second round to win on a count-back from overnight leader Ian Donaldson from Yerring Meadows (74,76). This is the second straight event that has been won by a regular Seniors player having his maiden victory. His acceptance speech indicated his appreciation of this maiden victory and highlighted the camaraderie experienced in the Seniors events.

Ray Falla from Nathalia (Nett 72.71) won the Nett event on countback over Paul Ansell from Metropolitan (71,72) on a countback.

The women's event was won by Helen Pascoe with 61 points 2 points ahead of Karen Lund from Kooringal.

The event was played in perfect weather conditions after the early morning fog lifted. The course was also presented in immaculate condition and the good field of 70 enjoyed the great hospitality of the Shepparton Golf Club.




Stan Davis from Bendigo won his first Seniors scratch event at this year's Heathcote Senior Amateur. In very good conditions he carded a 3 over 74 to beat John Kelly from Metropolitan by 1 shot with another shot back to local, Dean Jones. Stan has been a regular seniors player for a number of years and although he is often thereabouts, this was his first scratch win - a fine achievement these days off a 5 handicap. He managed the tricky greens very well with only one 3 putt, on his first hole.

First timer Shane Hearps from Heywood won the Nett even with a fine 67, 2 shots ahead of runner up Kevin Robinson from Buninyong and Stan Davis.

The women's event was taken out be Vera Lund from Kooringal with 34 points, 1 point ahead of club mate Heather Harley.

This event was the first seniors event where the gross event was an open event for both men & women.



Hepburn2017Back to back wins at Hepburn Springs!

Ian Frost won his 2nd consecutive Hepburn Springs Senior Amateur with fine rounds of 69,68 to beat local Neil Egan (69,69) by just one shot, with a further 4 shots back to Rob Wallace (70,72) from Midlands.

John Hoare from Packenham also won consecutive Nett titles at Hepburn Springs with nett 65, 66 to beat 3 others by just one shot. Bernard Frith from Hepburne Springs (67,65), Neil Egan (66,66) and Brian Spalding from Kooringal (65,67).

There was also a women's event with local Shirley Rodda winning with 66 stableford points and Helen Pascoe winning the scratch event with 55 points.

The course was in great condition, especially compared to last year when lead up weather made it tough. The greens were tricky but fair and the club put on a successful & popular event that is expected to improve the numbers further next year. Weather conditions were ideal.


DSC01330DSC01330Gordon Claney asserted himself again at Cobram with another resounding win in the Cobram Barooga Senior Amateur. He had the best round of golf each day and even had the second best Nett score overall off his plus 1 handicap - a very impressive performance. His 1 under the card gross total (74,70,71) beat Ian Frost from Rich River by 11 shots (78,74,74) with a further 2 shots back to David Robb (77,75,76) from Corowa.

Graeme Brierley from Clifton Springs playing in his first Seniors event also streeted the field with his Nett 71,69,71 to be 4 shots ahead of Gordon Claney and 10 shots ahead of Nett runner up Paul Fink from RACV (80,71,70).

The event was another terrific success. The weather was perfect, the courses were in great condition and the club and Golf Director Justin Spierani ran a great event. There were 106 players in the main event but on top of that challenge, they concurrently ran 2 other large competitions - a stableford event for longer handicappers and a large women's field. Everything ran smoothly, and this event has the largest number of prizes of any Seniors event.


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