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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.



Doug Francis from Metropolitan won the 2017 Box Hill Seniors. He has just turned 55 in the last week and made a great debut to the Seniors. His 73 was 2 shots ahead of Australian Seniors champion Kym Olsen and Mick Streit from Paterson River with 75's.

The Nett event was taken out by Chris Clark from Gunamatta with a Nett 70 1 shot ahead of Paul Williams from Kew and Mark Abeyaratne from Peninsula-Kingswood.

The women's event was taken out by June Tickell from Trafalgar with 34 points and Helen Pascoe from Buninyong won the scratch event again with 32 points.

The weather was fine, the course was in great condition and the lunch and prizes were great - a very successful event.Boxhill20172





Kym Olsen had another resounding win in the Eureka Seniors following up on his victory at The National Masters last week. His 66 at Ballarat was an event winning score and 4 shots of local Buninyong champion Chris Tatt after round 1. Kym (66,72) won by 7 shots ahead of Ian Frost of Rich River (73,72) on a countback over Chris Tatt (70,75).

The Nett was taken out by local Buninyong member Ian Corcoran (Nett 70,70) on a count back over John Hoare from Pakenham (68,72) and Ballarat's Robert Cooper (70,70).

There were also over 65 prizes with Chris Tatt winning the Gross and Robert Cooper the Nett.

There was also a good field of women with Tina Cowie from Tambo Valley (32,42) taking out the Nett and local Buninyong player Helen Pascoe (33,30) taking out the gross.

This year the event was played at the Ballarat Golf Club & Buninyong Golf club and with a much improved field of 60 men. Conditions were threatening at Balarat but turned out fine on the new impressive Ballarat layout. It was a perfect day at Buninyong where players enjoyed beautiful Autumn conditions. There were some issues with the greens at Buninyong with promises that there will not be a repeat next year; Kym Olsen made a reasonable response that the conditions were the same for all players.





Kym Olsen at his home club won this year's Green Jacket at the National Senior Masters with a great performance over 3 days (70, 71, 70) to be 5 under the card and 7 shots ahead of another local, runner-up Mark Limon (73,73,72). Simon Bracegirdle (another local!) (71,74,76) was a further 3 shots back in third, after being the runner up last year. Kym's Nett score, off scratch, was also 6 shots ahead of the next best Nett score.

This win consolidates Kym's leadership in the Victorian Bachli rankings and elevates him to third in the Australian Senior rankings.

The Nett event was taken out by Rex Suckling from Belmont (NSW) (Nett 69, 77,71) by one shot over Ian Donaldson from Yerring Meadows.

The National Golf Club and Adrian Barr put on another very successful event such that it is becoming recognized as the best Seniors event in Australia. Entries tend to confirm this - a capacity field of 192 players where the handicap cut to make the field dropped well into single figures. Players come from around Australia and overseas. Adrian Barr who also takes responsibility for the weather turned on perfect conditions for the three days - not the typical Cape Schanck weather.

The Opening round was played on the Moonah course, round 2 on The Old course and there was a cut to play the 3rd round on The Ocean course. The cut field of 100 is made up of the top gross scores and some of the top Nett scores, with the remainder of the players having another round on The Moonah course.National201711





Kim Johnson from The National won the Mornington Senior Amateur with a 76 at Portsea Golf Club to win by 3 shots over Stephen Valentine from Kew. Also on 79 were Stephen Day from Ballarat, Ken O'Brien from Rossdale and Ignatius Duivenvoorden from Yarram.

Ignatius won the Nett event convincingly with his Nett 65 leading the field by 5 shots. Mark Dunstan from Spring Valley and John Mack from La Trobe had Nett 70's.

Clare Murphy from Mornington GC won the Women's event with 29 stableford points and the scratch event was taken out by June Tickell from Trafalgar with a fine 32 points.

Monday morning at Flinders was fine and warm but a cool change thru' for the start of play in the afternoon. The first nine was played in windy and wet conditions until lightning caused the abandonment of play. The event was reduced to an 18 hole event at Portsea but with points awarded still as per a 36 hole event. The weather was ideal at Portsea the next morning.Mornington2017





Gordon Claney won the 2017 Alpine Senior Classic at Bright Golf Club following up on his victory at the Cranbourne Seniors. His two sub par rounds of 71 gave him a resounding victory by 6 shots ahead of runner up Ian Frost (73,75) with another shot back to third placegetter Greg O'brien from Albury.

Bill Black from Rutherglen took out the Nett event with a good opening 77 nett 69 and followed up with a Nett 72 to win by one shot over Ross Bottomley from Torquay (72,70) with a further shot back to Commonwealth's Graham bone (70,73). This was Bill's first victory in a seniors event.

The Women's event was taken out by Box Hill's Jenny Long with 68 points and the scratch event by Susie Dawes from Yarrawonga with 57 points.

The Bright Golf Club put on another great event with a capacity field - the course was in its usual great condition and the weather was close to ideal - a little warm and some light rain for a short while in the second round. The good scoring was reflected by the good weather & course conditions.



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