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DSC00296Gordon Claney wins again. Following his victory in the recent Australian Senior Amateur he has won the Victorian Senior Amateur at Rosebud with 3 good rounds of 73,73,74 to beat Greg Rhodes from Coomealla (74,74,72) after a two hole playoff. Stefan Albinski from Mona Vale NSW finished with the best round of the day matching his 71  from round 2 (80, 71, 71) to edge out early leader Gary Easte (71,  72, 79) for 3rd on a countback.

Greg birdied the 14th, 15th, 16th and then 18th to go 1 shot ahead of Gordon who was playing in the following group. Gordon knew he needed birdie to tie on the 18th and hit his second to less than 3 feet and birdied to tie. The sudden death playoff was to be played down the 18th until a result. There were high expectations for the playoff but the pressure of the situation took control. The first time the 18th was halved in bogies, the second time Gordon won with an up and down par to Greg's 3 putt bogey.

This victory not only consolidates Gordon's position at the top of the Bachli rankings but also consolidates his position atop of the National Senior rankings that he had just attained with his Aust. Senior Championship victory. This was only Greg Rhodes 3rd Bachli event and he is obviously going to be a force in any event he plays in.

The Nett event was won by Yarram's Ignatius Duivenvoorden (65, 68, 70) by 8 shots over Eddie Kloprogge from Ivanhoe (67, 65, 79) with another shot back to Brian Gray from Rossdale (74, 69, 69).

Weather conditions were better than in past years but the breeze was still strong enough to keep scores relatively high.

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Northern2014Ian Frost from Bendigo won the 2014 Northern Senior Amateur in rather difficult conditions with rounds of 73 and 81. Royal Melbourne's Alan Evans finished strongly with rounds of 79, 76 to be runner up by 1 shot. Ian has edged a little closer to the Bachli leader.

Brian Gray from Rossdale won the Nett event with Nett rounds of 70, 73 which was excellent golf in the conditions. He won by 2 shots over Commonwealth's Adrian Rossi (68, 77).

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The final round of the Sandbelt events was played at Commonwealth today with Gordon Claney again victorious with a 74, 1 shot ahead of Darryl Hearsch from Manly (NSW) and a further shot back to Tony Hyde from Rossdale.

Darryl Hearsch won the Nett with a Nett 72 one shot ahead of Tony Hyde and 4 players another shot back on Nett 74 - Neil Barry from Eastern leading them on countback to win the runner up prize.

Darryl who played all the Sandbelt events was most complimentary of the Victorian organisation of these Senior events. The events were a great success with many interstate visitors and capacity fields and the weather was at worst reasonable for all events. Gordon Claney with 4 victories and a runners up prize was the star of the series.DSC00241

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DSC00233Steven Wallace from The National took out this year's Metropolitan Plate with a 76 to beat 3 players on 78 - runner up Gordon Claney from Kingston Heath on countback from Ian Donaldson from Yerring Meadows and Andrew Hansen from Eastern. Steven played with Gordon Claney and last start winner Barry Tippett but was obviously not daunted by the company - he was most complementary on the presentation of the course.

The Nett event was a close affair with local John Noy winning on a countback over runner up Eddie Kloprogge from Ivanhoe, Barry Miles - Sanctuary Cove and James Flanagan - Port Arlington.

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DSC00223Barry Tippett from 13th Beach won this year's Royal Melbourne Senior Amateur on a countback with a 76 over Glenelg's John Keogh, with a further 5 players just one shot back on 77. John Keogh also had the best Nett score (69) but the Nett event was taken out by Adam Charleston from Lonsdale with a Nett 71 ahead of Alan Cole from Queens Park with a 72 on countback over Brighton's Ian Henry.

The perfect weather conditions were conducive to good scoring although the speed and firmness of Royal Melbournes' greens put up some defence.

Players wore black ribbons in memory of Yarra Yarra's Ray Barned who passed away on Wednesday.

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DSC00215Gordon Claney won the Victoria Senior Amateur with a 75 on a count-back over Michael Doutch from Woodlands. This is Gordon's third victory in the 3 days of the Sandbelt events thus far.

Ignatius Duivenvoorden from Yarram won the Nett event with a fine Nett 69 ahead of Qlder Barry Clarke from Twin Waters with a 71.

The conditions were a little better than the past few days, and also the past few Victoria events and the Nett scores in particular reflected this. Gordon was very complimentary on the condition of the course and the updated layout.

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KingstonHeath2014Gordon Claney won the second Sandbelt event on his home course with a 76 ahead of 4 players on 77 - John Banting from Royal Perth, Michael Doutch from Woodlands, Tony Hyde from Rossdale and another local and last year's winner Alex Cairncross.

The Nett event was won by William Riddle from Howlong with a Nett 70 over Larry Vennell from Southern with a 71.

The weather was again not bad - a light breeze and a bit cool and overcast but next to no rain. The course was in good condition for this time of year and the hospitality of the club for the full field after the round was first class.

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DSC00196The first round of the Sandbelt events was played at Yarra Yarra. Given that rain was expected the weather was not all that bad, but the course played tough. The greens were running at 12 and scores were high with the DSR at 75.

Gordon Claney from Kingston Heath was again victorious with a 77 (and 40 putts!) to lead 4 others on 80 - Larry Maxwell - Heathcote, Glen Marr - Coomealla, David Mallett - The Sands and local Michael Jackson. The Nett event was won by Gary Morley from Muswellbrook with a Nett 72 by 2 shots over Ian Henry from Brighton.

The event had a good field of 89 players, many of who were interstate visitors or first time players. Most players stayed for the presentations.

The event trophy is named the Ray Barned Senior Amateur in honor of Ray Barned, a 50 year and Life member of Yarra Yarra. He usually attends the trophy presentations but currently has major health issues and is in respite care. Pat Giles gave an informative speech on Ray's background in Golf and his personal qualities - Ray is a past Club Champion and Pennant player at Yarra Yarra, he was on the VGA Council from 1994 to 2004 and was highly respected. He is a true Gentleman. The thoughts of all players were extended to the Barned family.

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Ian Frost from Bendigo has won the Coomealla Seniors with fine scores of 77, 72,71 by 4 shots from local Greg Rhodes (78, 73, 73). This gave Ian the lead in the Bachli over Gordon Claney which looks like being a good contest to the end of the year.

Ignatius Duivenvoorden from Yarram won the Nett (70, 74, 68) by 2 shots over Trafalgar's John Hoare (79, 67, 68). Ignatius and John are the leaders in the Lulofs Trophy rankings.DSC 0182

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Guy Krall the defending champion won his second Tocumwal Seniors with a geat first round 70 followed by a 79 to beat Ian Frost from Bendigo and first timer 70 year old Colin Wearne from Box Hill by 3 shots.

John Hoare from Trafalgar continued his good form winning the Nett with rounds of Nett 72, 68 by 3 shots from five players - Kerry Bayly from Kooringal on countback over Guy Krall, Trevor Pattinson, Brian Gray and Barry Webb. John also won the Nett in his previous event at Heathcote on Sunday, and has won 3 of his last 4 starts so is in rare form.

Helen Pascoe from Buninyong won yet another event quite convincingly with 2 rounds of 81 and local Bobette Wilkinson won the Nett with Nett rounds of 70, 84.

Douglas O'Keefe from Golf Victoria worked on his last Seniors event at Tocumwal. He is moving to other responsibilities with Juniors at Golf Vic but has been a very popular and helpful worker on the Seniors events and the Senior players showed their appreciation.

It was the second year for the Tocumwal event with an improved attendance and was again very well reviewed by the players. The courses were in good condition especially considering recent rains, the weather was good and the hospitality and organisation by the club terrific.Tocumwal2014

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DSC00169Ian Frost from Bendigo won the Shepparton Seniors with solid rounds of 74 & 75 heading John Ciezki from Buninyong and Cobram's Ross Percy by 6 shots. Rossdale's Kerry Boehm won the Nett (Nett 75, 70) by 2 shots over John Ciezki with local Vin Edwards and Ross Percy a further two shots back.

Helen Pascoe (81,85) from Buninyong won the women's Gross event and Glenda Kelly won the Nett trophy with Nett scores of 82 & 85. Helen actually had the best Nett and Gross score each day and that followed her win the day before at the Heathcote Seniors.

Day one was tough with much rain and most tees off the blocks. The weather day two was fine and the tees were more friendly resulting in a daily scratch rating 2 less than day one. A good field of 89 players turned up to the popular event despite the club house and proshop being closed due to renovation caused by a recent fire. The club did a great job in the presentation of the course and the hospitality including the provision of many prizes.

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Ray Walker from Chirnside Park won the Heathcote Seniors with a one over par 72 by 2 shots over Yarra Yarra's Guy Krall. The weather was good and although the course received a significant deluge a few days early was in good condition but playing long.

John Hoare from Trafalgar won the Nett with a fine Nett 68 by 2 shots over Yarram's Ignatius Duivenvoorden.

The women's gross was won by Buninyong's Heather Pascoe with a fine 78 and the Nett was taken out by local Carol Stuart with a Nett 78.Heathcote2014

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Ken O'Brien from Rossdale (72,79) has taken out the inaugural Gippsland Senior Amateur by 2 shots ahead of Cobram's Ross Percy (74,79). Ken is having a good year with his second win elevating him  to 4th in the overall Bachli standings.

The event was played over the weekend, one of only 3 events scheduled on a weekend, at Leongatha GC followed by a round at Warragul GC.

Brian Spalding (78,67) from Kooringal won the Nett on countback over Keith Wallace from The Heritage. Brian's 73 off the stick was the days best score ahead of Keith Wallace & Greg Welsh with 75.

The Women's Gross event was won by Heather Harley (87,90) from Kooringal,Gippsland20143 and Elizabeth Alston from Winchelsea (81,76) won the Nett.

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CobramGCGordon Claney from Kingston Heath has had another convincing Seniors win at Cobram Barooga. With scores of 76, 72, 77 he was 5 shots in front of fast finishing, and last year's winner, Ray Walker from Chirnside Park (81, 79, 72), with first round leader Alan Bullas from Commonwealth and Rosanna's Robert London 1 shot further back.

The Nett event was won by Robert London from Rosanna with Nett scores of 75, 73, 73 off his handicap of 4 just 1 shot ahead of Bendigo's Stan Davis on countback from local Geoff Hall.

The Womens scratch was taken out by Nola Crothers from Phillip Island with 263 and the Stableford by Maggie Robinson from Berwick Montuna with 98 points.

This was the 10th year of the Cobram Barooga Seniors and a commemorative bottle of wine was provided to all players. The extended clubhouse was open and hosted the presentation dinner and the club was extremely generous with many daily prizes, divisional prizes and ball runs. A large field of 123 players competed in the main event as well as good fields for the Women, and the Men's stableford event.  The event attracts players from far afield and many are loyal regulars who play very few other seniors events. It also attract a good number of newcomers.

The event was a resounding success and is going from strength to strength.  It all went like clockwork, the course was in good condition, the weather was good, and a great time had by all.

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Barry Tippett followed up his solid win in The National Senior Masters last week with another solid winning performance at Warrnambool. His two 74s won him the event over Trafalgar's Jeff Hasthorpe (75,75) by 2 shots, with a further shot back to ex local Ray Walker. The win propelled Barry to the lead in this year's Bachli rankings.

The Nett was taken out convincingly by local Peter Lumsden (Nett 70, 68) by 4 shots from Jeff Hasthorpe and a further 3 shots back to another local Ken Heazlewood and overnight leader Peter James from Woodlands.

There was a ladies event with a good field where local Diana Robinson won the Gross and Nett convincingly with 85, 78 off her 10 handicap.

In his acceptance speech Barry emphasised what great condition the course was in and the good job the club did in their inaugural Seniors event. The weather was very kind and the club went the extra yard to ensure the event was a success. There were a great variety of prizes including the offer of a Yamaha Golf cart for a hole in one on the 15th, which was almost won by Greg Welsh.DSC00097

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DSC00051Barry Tippett from 13th Beach has won the 5th National Senior Masters with 3 solid rounds of 75 to beat Kingston Heath's Gordon Claney and Ian McPherson from Joondalup by 2 shots. Barry is having a good year but was humbled to win the prestigious national event.

The Nett event was won by Trafalgar's John Hoare by one shot over Alan Buckley from Commonwealth and Trevor Hillier from Sanctuary Lakes. John opened with a fantastic nett 63 in round 1 and held the lead with solid rounds of 77 & 74.

Adrian Barr and The National staged another great event that was again praised by all. The event was a fantastic success in its first year and has somehow managed to continue to improve every year since. This year it was a challenge coping with the huge field of 193 players but it was handled like clockwork and the hospitality again second to none. Although the weather was not great, conditions were still relatively good for The National.

Of the first 6 players only one player had a handicap longer than scratch - local member and inaugural champion Tham Chin. It also looks promising for Victorians on the national stage with 4 Victorians in the first six including 3 up and comers in the Seniors ranks - Barry Tippett, Gordon Claney and Ian Frost.

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DSC016371Pat Giles again! He won the Mornington Peninsula Seniors on a countback from overnight leader Ken O'Brien from Rossdale (71,75). After winning the previous event at Bright and playing under his age he came close to his age again with rounds of 72, 74 at Flinders and then Portsea.

Paul Bray from Metropolitan has taken the lead in the Paul Lulofs Trophy (Nett) with his win in the Nett with Nett scores of 67 & 68 to lead Peter Doyle from Flinders (69, 69) by 3 shots.

A small field of Women also played with Annette Bain from Heritage (31, 27) beating Maryann Elson from The Dunes on a countback.

The event was played in good conditions and Portsea impressed with its new clubhouse and great hospitality. The courses were both in excellent condition and it was like playing a new course at Portsea with the hole sequence changed to move around the centrally located clubhouse.

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DSC016191Pat Giles from Goonawarra has won another Bright Senior Amateur. He did it in style beating his age in the second round (75,70) to beat Ray Walker (last year's winner) by 3 shots. Pat won the event 2 years ago winning an epic 7 hole playoff and in his acceptance speech suggested Bright would be a fine location for next year's Victorian Senior Amateur.

Royal Melbourne's Neil Collier (73,68) won the Nett on a countback from Yarram's Ignatius Duivenvoorden (67,74).

It was another very successful event at Bright. The weather was perfect, the course was in great condition and the club put on great hospitality with their lunches, snacks and the popular dinner. Again one of the most popular events on the Victorian tour.

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Gordon Claney from Kingston Heath claimed another victory in this year's Bachli with a fine win in the inaugural Bendigo Seniors. With rounds of 70, 69 on the par 72 layout he beat playing partner for both days, local Ian Frost (70,75) by six shots.

The Nett event was won by 'local' Barry Miles with very good rounds of Nett 66, 69 to beat Yarram's Ignatius Duivenvoorden by two shots on a count back over Gary House from Sanctuary Lakes.

There was also a good field of women golfers with the best gross being taken out be Kyneton's Denise Murphy and the best stableford by Ruth McAlister from Lakeside - Lake BogaBendigo2014.BoxHill2014

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Gary Easte from Spring Valley had a resounding win in this year's Cranbourne Senior Amateur. After losing in a playoff last year he trounced the field with 2 fine rounds 68, 70 to win by 10 shots from the nearest competitor Bryce Birtwhistle from Sandhurst. He had good rounds of 75, 73 to be 3 shots ahead of 3rd placegetter fellow Sandhurst member David McDonald.

Gary is obviously in good form as he is playing in the final of their club championships this weekend.

Although Gary also had the low Nett score the Nett event was won by Royal Melbourne's Darryl Little (69, 71) on a countback from Robert Veit from Riverside.

Another successful event at Cranbourne - the course was in good condition, the greens were fast, nice warm weather and the hospitality terrific.DSC015951

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