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presentationRoy Vandersluis from The Lakes won the 2013 National Seniors Masters and the Green Jacket by one shot after a nervous 2 putt on the 18th. The event was played in great weather on the first two days and difficult conditions - windy and a little rain on the last day. Roy’s 78 on the long Ocean course on the final day was the low score of the day following his rounds of 76 on the Moonah and 72 on the Old. He was particularly happy as, although Roy is a highly ranked senior player and Australian representative player, this was his first national seniors event win.

Roy beat the National’s Edward Pawlick (78,70,79) by one shot with a further 2 shots back to New Zealand’s Michael Barltrop (78, 69, 82). The leader after 2 rounds Greg Mckay from Cabramatta (74,72) had to withdraw due to injury during the final round.

Edward Pawlick won the Nett event with 215 by 4 shots over Metropolitan’s John Noy on a countback over The Lakes John Thornley.

The event was another great success with a capacity field of 188 players, probably the largest turnout for a Victorian Seniors event if not largest Australia wide. Credit goes to Adrian Barr, the National Golf Club and Golf Victoria for another first-class event. The excellent dinner on Wednesday evening also had a large turnout of players and it featured an informative talk by The National’s Golf Courses Manager, Leigh Yanner.


The 2013 Cobram Barooga event has been well supported by Seniors golfers and was a great success. The main event had a field of 117 players, and the club also ran an equally well supported stableford competition for longer handicap seniors and a well supported Senior Women event. The whole event went like clockwork, a great credit to the club, Justin Speirani in the Pro Shop and all the volunteer helpers. There were 3 divisions and daily prizes so many players had a collect. The weather was a little threatening on Tuesday but Monday & Thursday were perfect.DSC00968

Chirnside Park’s Ray Walker won his third Bachli event this year with a total of 230 beating Howlong’s Henk Van De Ven and defending titleholder Young’s Rick Oliver by one shot.

The handicap event was clearly won by Yarram’s Ignatius Duivenvoorden by 8 shots over Eastwood’s Freddie Barton.

The courses were in good condition and most of the damage from the tornado in late March had been cleared up. It was amazing to see the size of the trees that had been knocked over and the way the tops of substantial trees had just been ripped off. It must have been a big clean up job.


Commonwealth2013Michael Jackson continued his very strong start in this year’s Bachli events with a win at Commonwealth with 32 scratch stableford points, on a countback from playing partner John Wheeler.

There were 71 competitors for the Commonwealth Seniors including 7 first time seniors players.

There was some doubt about play due to inclement weather and the start was delayed 15 minutes. The players endured steady rain for the first few holes but conditions were reasonable for the rest of the round. The course was much more to the liking of the seniors players this year after enduring the ‘pennant final’ setup last year.

The Nett event was won by one of the first timers Neil Barry from Eastern with 46 points off a handicap of 19. Runner up was Trafalgar’s John Hoare with 39 points on a count-back from Creeksides’s Eddie Kloprogge.



DSC01020The Heathcote Seniors has been won by Rossdale’s Lynton Spencer with a 76 for his first Seniors victory. One shot further back 13th Beach’s Barry Tippett beat Chirnside Park’s Ray Walker and Hilltop’s John Keller on a countback.

Eddie Kloprogge from Creekside in his third seniors event had another great event streeting the field by 6 shots in the Nett with a nett 64, from runner up Ritchie Burkitt from Croydon GC.

This year there was a women’s stableford event with a field of 10. Alexandra’s Margaret Bland won with 35 points.

The course was in great condition and a credit to the greens staff of one, the greens were cut before the event and were fast and true. The club ran another successful event including a terrific lunch prepared by volunteers.


DSC01026Freddy Barton won his first seniors event with rounds of 78, 73. He was overjoyed with his good fortune, kissing presenters and demonstrating obvious elation during his speech. He didn’t believe he would be able to win an event off his 6 handicap. He beat both last years Bachli winner, Commonwealth’s Alan Bullas and last years Shepparton winner, Hill Top’s John Keller by 1 shot.

Sandhurst’s Robert Lee won the Nett competition with nett 73,65 of his 12 handicap by 3 shots from Creekside’s Eddie Kloprogge. Robert was very happy with his 2nd round 77 which was only bettered by 2 players and he indicated it was probably his best round of golf. He was also very complimentary of the club and the course.

There was a Stableford event for those who preferred and that was won by local Robert Dixon with 74 points.

The Shepparton course was in perfect condition and we were blessed with great weather.


The inaugural Tocumwal Senior Amateur was a great success and the numbers will no doubt improve next year. The weather was great, a bit frosty at the start of day 2, the courses were in great condition, and the dinner, prizes, handouts and the general enthusiasm of the club and its committee were first class.

Guy Krall from Yarra Yarra won the event with 74, 78 on the President’s and then the Captain’s course. He beat Goonawarra’s Pat Giles (76, 77) by one shot and a further 2 shots back to Warrnambool’s Dale Ballinger.

After a long putting practice session following round 1 Lonsdale’s Adam Charleston won the Nett competition with Nett 70, 67 off his 12 handicap, six shots ahead of Creekside’s Eddie Kloprogge and Commonwealth’s Graham Bone.

There was also a Women’s event that was won by Bunninyong’s 3 handicapper Helen Pascoe.



A big field of 98 players contested this year’s Ray Barned Yarra Yarra Senior Amateur in very windy, wet and difficult conditions. The good turnout included many interstate and first time players, many intending to play the other ‘Sand Belt week’ events.

First timer Ian Frost from Bendigo had a great score of 74 in the very trying conditions to beat Yarra Yarra’s Colin Goon by 2 shots – these were the only sub 80 scores for the day.

Eastern’s Neil Barry won the Nett with a Nett 71 by 1 shot from Kew’s George Kotaridis and Colin Goon.


kingstonheath2013Another big field of 97 contested the 2013 Kingston Heath Senior Amateur. The conditions were again windy and difficult but not quite as bad as the previous day at Yarra Yarra. The course was in great condition and the club put on a great event.

Local Alex Cairncross with a great one-over par 72 won by 3 shots from Michael Doutch from Woodlands. The Nett event was taken out by Nathalia’s Ray Falla with a Nett 70 on countback from Woodland’s Frank Palinkas, and Alex Cairncross.


victoria12013A capacity field of 75 contested this year’s Victoria Senior amateur. Again the conditions were windy and difficult with Commonwealth’s Alan Buckley with a 77 winning by 2 shots from local Victorian member Kevin Skehan. These were the only 2 sub 80 rounds and Bachli points (top 30) were awarded down to a score of 90.

This was regular player Alan Buckley’s first win in a Bachli event after 8 years.

Commonwealth’s Bob Harper with a Nett 74 won the Nett on countback from Kew’s Tony Tonkin and Kyneton’s Barry Murphy – the gross winner Alan Buckley had a Nett 71.


royalmelbourne32013The ‘Sandbelt’ week continued at Royal Melbourne (West course) with another capacity field of 100 players and another day of windy and difficult conditions. Scores confirmed the difficult conditions.

Sandhurst’s David McDonald with an 81 won the event on countback from Spring Valley’s Gary Easte. David is an old time regular who has not been seen quite as regularly in recent years.

Sanctuary Lake’s Gary House with a Nett 76 won the Nett by 2 shots from Kooringal’s Gary Scott and Gary Easte. A gross 91 was required for the top 30 gross scores and Nett 84 for the to 30 Nett – difficult conditions!


metroThe last round of the ‘sandbelt week’ was played at Metropolitan in similarly difficult conditions. The course was in great condition and the club showed off its newly opened Club House. Numbers were relatively disappointing due to the absence of some of the visiting interstate and country players who did not stay over the weekend to play this event.

The current Bachli leader Michael Jackson found form again with a great 73 to win the Metropolitan Plate by 4 shots from Eastern’s Andrew Hansen. Regular interstate visitor Barry Miles from Sanctuary Cove (and also a Metropolitan member) had a day out with a great 79, Nett 66 to win the Nett by 3 shots from Yarram’s Ignatius Duivenvoorden.


18thHoledOutAnother successful, popular and well run event at Coomealla this year.  Very strong winds day 1 that moderated over the next two days made scoring difficult early, but no rain and the course was in good condition for a field of 63 men.

Michael Jackson had another good win to take a strong hold over this year’s Doug Bachli Trophy. Leading by one shot over Hill Top’s John Keller with one hole to play he holed his bunker shot for birdie to win by two shots.

The Nett event was won by Yarram’s Ignatius Duivenvoorden by 2 shots over Hidden Valley’s Paul Fink.

There was also women’s competition over 36 holes for a field of 15, the event taken out by Jeanette Webb with 37 & 39 stableford points.



DSC01100DSC01100 1DSC01100 1DSC01100 1DSC01100 1The 2013 Northern Senior Amateur was played in very windy conditions both days. An improved field of 69 players enjoyed great hospitality and a course in very good condition.

Robert Burford from Devil Bend won the event by 3 shots with two good rounds of 75 for 150 beating Kingston Heath’s Gordon Claney who beat Rossdale’s Tony Hyde on a countback. Equal best round of 75 on day 2 was from first time ‘youngster’ David Fletcher from Sunshine.

Kingswood’s Peter Bence won the Nett with 141 (71,70) by one shot from Glen Waverley’s Ken Bruton who beat Eastwood’s Chris Blythman on a countback.




The Melbourne Classic played over 36 holes at Spring Valley and Woodlands was won by Kingston Heath’s Gordon Claney (80,72) by 3 shots over Bachli leader Michael Jackson (81, 74).

The Nett event was won by Metropolitan’s John Noy by 1 shot over Wayne Aigner on countback from first timer - Yering Meadow’s Ian Donaldson and Colac’s Greg Welsh.

The event was played in windy conditions at Spring Valley and the course was set up long. The wind died down but there was some rain for the round at Woodlands. Woodlands was in excellent condition and the greens a little fast as there was a Pro-Am the day before. Although the tees were well forward of the Pro-Am tees from the day before Gordon Claney’s 72 matched the Pro-Am winner’s score.

Michael Jackson’s 74 in the second round secured runner up in this event and sealed his victory in the 2013 Bachli Trophy.



DSC011991A good field of 83 men and a good womens field competed in another popular and well run event at Port Fairy. A little rain day one and a stronger wind day two made conditions difficult but the course was in excellent condition and the hospitality again terrific.

Gordon Claney (72,78) from Kingston Heath won the event by 1 stroke from Hilltop’s John Keller (76,75). Gordon opened with a terrific 72 especially given it was his first round at Port Fairy, and John finished strongly with an excellent 75 in tougher conditions day 2. Gordon finished a good year of a limited number of senior tournaments by winning the last 2 events.

The Nett event was won by Stephen Day (69,70) from Ballarat beating Woodlands Peter James (67, 74) by one shot.

Marilyn Takle (35,36) won the women’s stableford event by 4 shots over Peninsula’s Jenny Tilbrook on a countback over Judy Magill from Warragul.






seniorslogoSeniors Golf for Amateur Men in Australia is generally for 55+ year olds. The competitions termed Seniors are.comprised of a series of events in each State run by the relevant State Golf Associations plus a few events run by Golf Australia. There is a National Order Of Merit determined by results in the National Events and selected State Events. A number of States run their own Orders of Merit which are determined by results in their State Events. Each event is open to amateur golfers aged 55 and over at the time of the event; there are a variety of handicap restrictions dependent on the State, event and category of event.

Senior Women
NSW has a Women’s Senior Order of Merit and there are a small number of other events around Australia that specifically cater for Senior Women.

There is also a strong network of Veteran Golf Associations that run many events all around Australia, for over 55+yo (male) golfers with a proper handicap. There is usually a low cost to join the local association and also very reasonable charges for each event.

Professional golfers join their senior ranks at age 50. There is a circuit of ProAms for Seniors in Australia.

This site has been instigated by the Victorian Seniors Competition but is set up to support and promote Seniors Golf in Australia. It is an independent site, but although not sponsored by the Golf Victoria or the Victorian Seniors Advisory Committee, will hopefully have their full support. Some content and photos are courtesy of Golf Victoria.

The site is aimed at providing a focussed, timely and comprehensive coverage of the State based competitions. It is aimed to supplement the state based Golf Association sites that have so much more to focus on. It is to assist the State based events as Ausoom does for the National events. It is not aiming at covering the National Senior Order of Merit so well covered and supported by the Ausoom web site.

I welcome comments on the site especially constructive criticism or suggestions for improvement, feel free to email me or discuss in the forum.




Following an analysis of net scores returned in 2014 senior events; consultation with Golf Australia and consideration by the Senior Advisory Group, Golf Victoria has revised the conditions to apply for the 2015 Victorian Senior Order of Merit as follows: -

 •        In accordance with Section 17 of the GA Handicap System, the leading 30 players from the 2014 Paul Lulofs Trophy and any player within the leading 30 players of the 2015 Paul Lulofs Trophy as at March 31; June 30 and/or September 30 will be allocated a Special Competition GA Handicap.

 Each player’s Special Competition GA Handicap will be calculated on the basis of scores returned in Doug Bachli events only, in accordance with the regular calculation provisions of the GA Handicap System and updated following each Victorian Senior Order of Merit event.

 For each 2015 Victorian Senior Order of Merit event, players subject to this condition are required to play from the lower of either their Special Competition GA Handicap or their current GA Handicap with the exception that no player shall play from a Daily Handicap greater than 24 strokes.

 The above conditions will come into effect as of the commencement of the 2015 Victorian Senior Golf Program at the Sorrento Senior Amateur.

 Following the completion of the Port Fairy Senior Amateur on Friday 28 November, the GA Handicaps of the leading 30 players from the 2014 Paul Lulofs Trophy will be determined as outlined above and advised to any such player competing at the Sorrento Senior Amateur. This process will then be followed for the remainder of the 2015 Senior Program.

 The Senior Advisory Group will monitor the condition amendments during the 2015 Senior Program and review the conditions prior to the commencement of the 2016 Senior Program.The Senuor Advisory Group has subsequently decided to repeat the use of the Special Competition Handicaps in the same manner for 2016.

For the 2017 season just the top 20 ranked players in the Lulofs at specific dates will be subject to the Special Competition Handicap.

Below is a list of players currently subject to the Special Competition Handicap, click the name to view handicap details.

Wayne Aigner

Paul Ansell

Malcolm Barnes

Graham Bone

Adam Charleston

Gordon Claney

Stan Davis

Ignatius Duivenvoorden

Paul Fink

Keith Finkelde

Brian Gray

John Hoare

John Kelly

George Kotaridis

Ken O'Brien

David Robb

Stephen Valentine

Robert Wallace

Greg Welsh

Trevor Wood


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