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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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

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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

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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.

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DSC00791The inaugural Royal Melbourne Classic has been run and won by NSW golfer Rick Oliver (81, 73, 82) in a playoff over fellow NSW senior Denis Dale (80, 82, 74). They both finished 236 for the 54 hole event with Denis finishing with the low round of the day, 74 on the composite course. The playoff was won by Rick with a par down the first playoff hole, the 18th.

The Nett event was won by Devil Bend’s Robert Burford with nett scores of 81, 75, 75 total 231 by one shot from Spring Valley’s Gary Easte and a further shot back to Rick Oliver and Commonwealth’s David Taylor.

The event was played in good conditions with a capacity field, many more entries than places. It was probably the most elite field of seniors to play a Seniors event in Australia with many interstate and overseas players.

The organization was terrific and the value for money and effort by the club fantastic. There were lunches, a great presentation lunch, drinks on course and gifts thrown in – just a great event. The greens were hard and fast (stimpmeter 12 on day one) and there were some challenging pin positions for day one and two in particular. After 2 days there were a number of “I ain’t coming back” but after day 3 and some reflection most players are looking forward to the opportunity to try again next year. The course was played as we mere amateurs rarely experience it and it has opened the eyes of many to what great and tough courses Royal Melboune’s are.

 

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DSC00807The Surfcoast Senior Amateur Championship was contested by 55 players. Rossdale’s Ken O’brien won on countback with rounds of 80 & 75 from Hill Top’s John Keller, with first round leader Guy Krall a further shot back. Local Mike McAllum streeted the field by 7 shots in the Nett event with rounds of 66 & 73 from Freddy Barton.

There was also a small field of women playing the inaugural Surfcoast Senior Women’s event with victory to local Wendy Muller by six stableford points.

The event was well organized, the weather and condition of the course was great and the event was enjoyed by all. It is hoped that we can get a better field next year.

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DSC00802Gary Easte from Spring Valley won the 2013 Rosanna Senior Amateur on a countback from Michael Jackson with a 75. It was a close contest with a further 3 players 1 shot back on 76. The event was played in perfect weather by 60 competitors. This was Gary’s second Bachli Trophy event and no doubt the first of many wins. Regular Graham Bone from Commonwealth won the Nett with a Nett 70 from club mate David Ellett with a 71.

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DSC00886A big field of 112 contested the Cranbourne Senior Amateur. Yarra Yarra’s Michael Jackson won with a birdie on the first playoff hole after rounds of 73 & 74 from Spring Valley’s Gary Easte. Royal Melbourne’s Alan Evans was a further shot back in third place. Goonawarra’s Pat Giles won the Nett on a count back from first round gross lead Steven Wallace from The National with Nett rounds of 71 & 68.

The course and its condition was first class and highly commended by all. It is a hidden gem of a course and was in immaculate condition for this event. This event will continue to pull big fields based on the club’s commitment to the event and the quality of the golf course. Special mention was made of Richard & Kathy Froebel’s efforts to build up this event to one of the most successful on the Victorian Seniors calendar.

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DSC00800There was a good field of 74 players competing in this years Keysborough Senior Amateur which was played in ideal conditions. Yarra Yarra’s Michael Jackson with a 73 won on a countback from Eastern’s Andrew Hansen and Wayne Aigner (Narooma).

The Nett was taken out by Ian Henry from Brighton with a great 65 nett,3 shots ahead of Green Acres’ Ernest Mensforth.

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DSC00810The Lonsdale Senior Amateur was contested by a small field of 38 in good conditions. Chirnside Park’s Ray Walker won by 3 shots with a 76 and a great final round of 70 from Colac’s Greg Welsh who was also equal second in last year’s event. Ex local member and now at 13th Beach, Alan Hunter played great golf with nett rounds of 69 & 64 off his 10 handicap to win the Nett event by 7 shots from Graham Bone and Ignatius Duivenvoorden.

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