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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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


Ray Walker from Chirnside Park won the inaugural Box Hill Seniors on countback from Rossdale's Tony Hyde with a 1 over 72. The win was Ray's second for the year but the points elevated Tony to the top of this year's Bachli standings.

Grahame Bone from Commonwealth won the Nett event with a Nett 68 by 2 shots over Trafalgar's John Hoare.

Wayne Phillips from Heritage had his first hole in one on the "19th" hole.

This was the inaugural Box Hill Seniors event and a reasonable field were very impressed by the course, its condition and the way the club ran the event including the presentations and lunch. The weather was perfect and the course is set in a beautiful location. No doubt the numbers will improve in future years as the news gets out.BoxHill2014


DSC015601There was another good field, although slightly reduced from the original entry count, for  the Kooringal Seniors played in good conditions on its postponed date of 25-26th February.

Ken O'brien from Rossdale (74,71) had a good event to win  by 2 shots from Kingston Heath's Gordon Claney (73,74). Ken's closing 71 was the low round of the event and the win earnt him the lead in the Bachli Trophy standings.

Paul Bray from Metropolitan won the Nett competition from fellow Metropolitan play Denis Long by 8 shots with two excellent Nett rounds of 67, 66. Paul indicated his 9 handicap was as long as it has been in 45 years and Denis also credited the handicaping system for his low Nett scores.

The womens event, that was particularly well supported, was won by Christine Doherty from Woodend by 11 points (36, 43 points).

The club put on another successful event and the course was in very good condition. Past great Australian amateur and local member Kevin Hartley was on hand at presentations to congratulate each winner.


DSC015951DSC015601The 2014 Kooringal Seniors was postponed due to the very hot weather forecasted for the original scheduled dates of 14th-15th January. It has been rescheduled to 25th - 26th February.


Lonsdale2014Barry Tippett from 13th Beach won the Lonsdale Seniors after being runner up in the Surfcoast at the Sands earlier in the week. He played very well (70, 66) to beat runner up Tony Hyde from Rossdale by 10 shots.

Kerry Bayly from Kooringal also had a resounding win in the Nett event with two great rounds (58, 64) off a 20 handicap to beat runner up Ken Bruton from Glen Waverley and Peter Williams from Rich River by 14 shots. The opening round of 78 was Kerry's second sub 80 round, the first 30 years ago.

Helen Nolan from Albury won the Women's event with stableford rounds of 29, 34 after also winning at The Sands earlier in the week.


Ian Frost from Bendigo had a good win in this year's Surfcoast Seniors at Torquay Sands. He won by 1 shot from 13th Beach's Barry Tippett. The win took Ian to the lead in this year's Bachli Trophy. Good weather conditions were conducive to relatively low scoring.

The Nett event was won by newcomer Ken Rogers from Victoria GC on a countback from Colac's Gregh Welsh.

Helen Nolan from Albury won the women's event with stableford rounds of 36 and 29.surfcoast2014


DSC012741This year's Yarra Courses was played at Green Acres Golf Club and was well supported by 60 seniors. The course was in great condition and the event was well organised and supported by the club. The scoring was good in good conditions.

Andrew Hansen from Eastern won the event with a 73 on a countback from Rossdale's Tony Hyde after losing the previous week's event on countback. First timer and local Club President Peter French won the Nett with 80 Nett 67 from Eastwood's Chris Blythman 74 Nett 68.


DSC012541The Keysborough Senior Amateur was won by Ray Walker  from Chirnside Park with a 75 on a count back from Andrew Hansen from Eastern.

Frank Palinkas from Woodlands won the Nett with a 75, Nett 68 by 2 shots from first timer Warren Earle from Corowa.

The par 73 layout was in great condition in preparation for their Pro-Am later in the week and the course was well set up for the Seniors; perhaps a better attendance next year.


Bill Banks from Royal Canberra has won this year's Royal Melbourne Classic by 2 shots courtesy of a fine 75 on day 3 on the Composite course. His total 233 (81, 77, 75) was 2 shots ahead of Penrith's Sal Ballard (81, 79, 75) with early leader Michael Barltrop from Royal Auckland a further 2 shots back (75, 76, 86) 5th equal.

Greg Welsh from Colac (72, 76, 80) won the Nett event by 2 shots over Concord's Paul Maslen, and Denis Dale from Twin Creeks won the over 65 event (79, 81, 81). Bill Banks had the best Nett and best over 65 score as the overall winner was not eligible for these other 2 trophies.

The event in its second year was again a great success. With a capacity field of 108 and a handicap limit of 4.8 it is the most exclusive seniors event in Australia. The hard greens and surrounds ensured scoring was tough although weather conditions were good.BillBanksBillBanks


The final event in this year’s Seniors Calendar was played at Sorrento in typical conditions for this year. Many players suggested the conditions on day one were as bad as they have played in – windy with intermittent rain and even a hail storm. One sub 80 score in round 1 on the par 70 layout was testament to the difficulty.  Manager of weather at The National, SAG Chairman Adrian Barr, took credit for organizing improved conditions on day 2.

Although the final event in this year’s calendar, Bachli points counted as the first event for next year. The event also incorporated the Victorian Club Teams event, and Thursday evening was the presentation night for this year’s Bachli trophy.

Gordon Claney from Kingston Heath (81,72) won his third consecutive event with a strong finishing 72 to beat newcomer John Neeson from Catalina (77,75) on countback. Wayne Aigner (74, 67) won the Nett event by 1 shot from Sorrento member John Fisher. The teams event was won by The National (Adrian Barr, John Wheeler & Tony Briers) 4 shots ahead of Commonwealth. The Nett event was won by Royal Melbourne (Andrew Buxton, Stephen Lilley & Peter Vial) by 2 shots over Woodlands Team C.

To counter all the hard luck stories of day one George Kotaridis had a good experience with the strong winds and fast greens. After replacing his marked ball and while going through his pre stroke routine pre address – he watched the ball roll into the hole! Nice birdie, thank you!


The inaugural Hidden Valley Seniors Amateur was won by Goonawarra’s Pat Giles, coming home with a best round 1 over par 74 to overtake the lead group and win the event by 1 shot (80, 74 total 154) over Rossdale’s Ken Obrien (79, 76).

The Nett event was won by Commonwealth’s Graham Bone with a Nett total 144 (70,74) by 1 shot over Yarrawonga’s John Wilson (74, 71).

The Women’s event was won by Seymour’s Dale Stewart with a great 40 points followed by 32 points to beat Hidden Valley’s Robyn Gallasch by 10 points.

The first round was played in occasional very light rain that became worse over the last few holes. The wind was mild for Hidden Valley and on the second day there was no rain.

There was only a small field for this first time event but much of the cause seems to have been the unpopular scheduled 8am start on day 2. There was a lot of positive feedback for the hidden gem, Hidden Valley’s Golf course.

Regular senior player Rossdale’s Brian Gray played the first round with first time Senior player local Hidden Valley member Damon Lutz. Turns out they were school friends and have not had any contact for over 52 years - neither played golf as a junior.




DSC011661Chris Tatt from Bunninyong has won has his second Victorian Senior Amateur Championship with a fine 3 round total of 218 (72,71,75).  He won by 3 shots over Bendigo’s Ian Frost. The event was played in rain for much of the time, with the wind also coming up in the third round – the winning score was excellent given the conditions.

This win was only a Victorian’s second win since 2001 in the Victorian Championship. Not only did a Victorian win but Victorians filled the first 5 positions over a strong interstate representation.

Although Chris Tatt also had the best Nett score, Sanctuary Lakes Gary House won the Nett event with a solid and consistent 210 (70, 70, 70) 3 shots ahead of Lonsdale’s Adam Charleston on a countback from Spring Valley’s Gary Easte.



The inaugural Kooringal Senior Amateur has been run and won. It was a great start to the new Doug Bachli Senior season – the weather was perfect, the course was in great condition and the club did an excellent job organizing the event – a resounding success. There were many positive comments from players about the course and the value for money – the 2 course lunch was excellent. There was a good field of 77 with 18 new faces and the field will no doubt be even better next year.

A bonus was the special guest speaker Kevin Hartley (a Kooringal member) a Victorian and Australian great Amateur golfer who enlightened the audience with facts and personal reminiscences about Doug Bachli as well as his own career. 

 The event was won by local member Bill Findlay playing in his first seniors event. It was a resounding win with 2 fine 72’s from Devil Bend’s Robert Burford with rounds of 75, 74. Although Bill Findlay off a 4 handicap also had the lowest Nett score the nett winner was Adrian Rossi from Commonwealth with rounds of 68, 70 ahead of Graeme Altmann from The Sands with rounds of 71, 68. The club also provided prizes for 2 age groups and new sponsor Callaway provided balls for a long ball run.

 Special mention to regular John Hoare from Trafalgar who had a ‘day out’ on the Wednesday with a 78 off the stick – nett 61!kooringal2013


This year’s Alpine Seniors Golf Championship was reduced to 18 holes after day one was cancelled due to rain. It rained all day and the course received 70ml of rain during day 1 and the previous evening. The rain cleared for day two which was played in good conditions and apart from uncharacteristic slow and soft greens the course was in great condition with no sign of casual water.

 Chirnside Park’s Ray Walker and Commonwealth’s Charles Robertson were tied with 72’s one shot ahead of a further 3 players on 73 – Bill Banks, Michael Holloway and Michael Jackson. Ray Walker won a 2 hole playoff on the par 3 16th making a long 2 putt for par after leaving a makeable putt short on the first playoff hole (18th).

 The Nett event was also close with 3 players tied on Nett 69 – Michael Holloway from National, winner on countback from Freddy Barton from Druin (runner up), Bill Black (Rutherglen) and Charles Robertson.

 Special mention was made at the event in memory of recently passed Paul Lulofs, one of the founders of the Seniors Golf competition in Victoria and Australia, a true gentleman, and until his sickness a regular player in both Victorian and National events, and a member of the Seniors Advisory Group. Black ribbons were worn. 

Another successful and very well run event at Bright Golf Club, just a shame we only got in one round of competition.DSC00911


20130326 133047The Mornington Senior Amateur was contested by 57 seniors. There were a number of new and relatively new senior players and some figured prominently in the results. The event was played in ideal weather conditions and both Flinders and Portsea’s course were in great condition.

Royal Melbourne’s Alan Evans led after round 1 at Flinders with a 71 by 1 shot from last year’s winner and Portsea member Wayne Berger by 1 shot. A further 2 shots back were Alan Bullas and Robert Burford.

Alan won the event with a second round 75 at Portsea by 1 shot from Thurgoona’s Greg O’Brien. Greg was playing his second Seniors event and his 72, best round of the day at Portsea, and 75 at Flinders beat consistent performers Alan Bullas and Robert Burford by 1 shot, both with a pair of 74s.

There were some good handicap performances. Ken Bruton from Glen Waverley had a great nett 64 at Flinders but faltered at Portsea. Overall winner and first timer from Creekside, Eddie Kloprogge had nett rounds of 70 and a very good 64 at Portsea to street Commonwealth’s Alan Bullas and Metropolitan’s Denis Long by 6 shots.

This year was the first year for the seniors women’s event which was won by Royal Melbourne’s Georgina Moore with 63 stableford points from Warragul’s Glenda Kelly with 63 points.