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GardinersRun2017Kym Olsen from The National has won this years extended Gardiner Run Senior Amateur. Kym was equal leader after day 1 with a par 72 but streeted the field with a terrific 67 on day 2 to win the event by 7 shots from Malcolm Barnes from Neangar Park (75,71), John Kelly from Metropolitan (73,73) and Ken O'Brien from Rossdale (73,73).

The Nett event was taken out by Keith Finkelde from LaTrobe (70,65) by a similarly decisive 5 shots over Malcolm Barnes, John Kelly and Wayne Aigner from Sandhurst (68, 72).

The womens event was supported by 17 women. Sue Lush from Eastern won the women's event with 71 points and Heather Harley from Kooringal won the scratch event with 56 points.

Kooringal2017This year was the first time the event was played over 36 holes, and it moved from its past winter timeslot. The change was much appreciated by the players who experienced wet conditions in past years. The weather was fine but warm day 1 and a little cooler and windier day 2. The scores turned out better day 2 with some exceptional scores - the course was in good condition and the conditions and hospitality much appreciated by the field.

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Ian Frost from Rich River / Bendigo won this year's Kooringal Senior Amateur with 2 good 74's to beat Rob Wallace from Midlands (76,73) by 1 shot on a countback over Kym Olsen from The National (75,74).

The Nett event was won by Paul Gooley from Chirnside Park (Nett 71,71) by one shot over 3 others, Robert Wallace, Stephen Valentine from Kew and local Grant Arnold.

There was again a good field of women with Sue Mawhinney from Portsea wiinning with 70 stableford points and Jill Morrison from Midlands winning the gross with 52 points.

The course was in very good condition with quick but true greens, and the weather was fine.  A feature of this event is the appearance of past great Australian Amateur Kevin Hartley who assisted with presentations and brought along some of his memorabilia.Kooringal2017

 

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Kym Olsen from The National won the 2017 Surfcoast Seniors with a one over par 73 at the Sands and a par 69 at Lonsdale to win the event by 5 shots from last years winner Robert Wallace from Midlands (74,73)Surfcoast2017, with a further 3 shots back to Greg Welsh from Colac and Ross McFarlane from Barwon Valley.

The Nett event was won by local Sands member William Burnett (Nett 74, 65) by 2 shots over Ken Bruton from Glen Waverley (75, 66).

There was also a very good field of 32 women where newcomers Judy Langford from Wodonga won the gross with 53 points, and Kerry Scales from Port Fairy won the Nett with a very good 77 stableford points.

 

 

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Gavin Duncan from Heidelberg won the Yarra Courses event at Heidelberg with a 71 .on a count-back over Kym Olsen from The National.

The Nett event was taken out by another local, Denzil Comerford with a Nett 66 also on a countback over a National member Malcolm Kendrick.

Windy conditions made scoring difficult but some good scores were posted. The field was a little disappointing especially considering over half the field were Yarra Courses members.YarraCourses2017

 

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Greg Rhodes from Coomealla, the defending champion and Australia's number one Senior golfer, won this year's event by just one shot (78,72,81) from early leader John Davey from Tea Tee Gully South Australia (75,78,79). Fast finishing Ian Frost from Bendigo (80,79,74) was a further shot back with the round of the day 74.

The Nett event was taken out by David Taylor from Commonwealth (Nett 78, 75, 76) by 3 shots over Greg Gillard from Hawks Nest NSW (81,79,72) in a 4 way countback ahead of Wayne Evans of Royal Canberra, John Davey and local Michael Brash.

The courses were in great condition but the the greens were set up particularly hard and fast making low scores a challenge for the elite capacity field. On day one on the Composite course there were only 6 scores in the 70s and John Davey was the only player to shoot in the 70s for all 3 days. Melbourne turned on some of its renowned variety in weather with  highs of 33, 38 & 21 for the 3 days. Day 2 & 3 were windy but fortunately no rain was experienced.dscn0221 32379203315 o

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John Owen from Barwon Heads won the Keysborough Senior Amateur with a fine over par 74 to beat local Robert Harvie by one shot on a countback over Kym Olsen (The National) and Ken O'Brien (Rossdale).

The Nett event was taken out by Peter Buff from Yerring Meadows with a nett 71 on a countback over Queensland visitor Stuart Jarrett from Maryborough (Qld).

A good field of 77 enjoyed very good conditions, better than the very hot conditions experienced in the past few years. The course was presented in immaculate conditions as usual.Keysborough2017

 

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Mark Stanford from The National won the last Seniors event for 2016 and the first event of the 2017 Bachli season. This was also his first senior's win.  His 75, 73 led Gordon Claney (76,74) by 2 shots with a further 2 shots back to Mark Brasher (75,77) from Kew.

The Nett event was taken out by Lindsay Brown from Woodlands (Nett 71,66) on a countback over Ignatius Duivenvoorden from Yarram (69,68), and 3 shots ahead of Adam Charleston (Lonsdale) and John Rucinski from Cranbourne. John's fine 75, nett 66 in round one had hm in the joint gross lead, and in the lead group for day 2.

Graham Bone from Commonwealth had his first hole in one on the 146M 17th hole, the popular regular senior player although appreciative of the mention was more focused on his average overall performance.

The Club Teams event was taken out by Kew #2 team of Mark Brasher, Stephen Valentine and Pancho DeNeefe with a 468 total on a back nine countback over The National's Guy Krall, John Wheeler and Mark Limon (oh if Mark Stanford was only good enough to make the team!).

Bendigo's Stan Davis, Ian Doak and Barry Miles took out the Nett event with 447, 10 shots clear of last years winners, then of Rossdale, now of Patterson River Tony Hyde, Kerry Boehm and Brian Gray.

Conditions were not easy for the capacity field with windy conditions on both days. The course was in great condition as was to be expected at Sorrento.

The presentation dinner for the Bachli and Lulofs Trophies was held on the Thursday evening, It was a great end to the year. Last year's winner Ian Frost again won the Bachli Trophy ahead of past winner and fellow Australian rep. Gordon Claney.

The Lulofs Trophy for best Nett over the year was taken out by Rossdale's Ken O'brien ahead of Guy Krall from The National.

The over 65's Gross trophy was taken out by Ross Percy from Cobram Barooga and the Nett by Ignatius Duivenvoorden.

 

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Rob Wallace (77,77) from Midlands won the Moyne Senior Classic at Port Fairy by 1 shot over Greg Welsh (77,78) from Colac and Chris Tatt (76,79) from Midlands in a closely fought event where a further 3 players were just another shot back. Rob who started playing Seniors mid last year has played many events this year and this was his first victory - he was most appreciative. The victory also raised him to 4th overall in the Bachli in his first full year.

The Nett event was won by Greg Welsh off his 5 handicap, 2 shots ahead of Tony Hyde from Patterson River (71, 76).

The women's event was won by Sue Mahwhinney from Portsea with 66 points and Helen Pascoe won the scratch event with 58 points. The dinner on Thursday evening included the presentation of the women's annual trophies - a successful and entertaining evening was had.

The last event of the 2016 calendar was played in windy and cool conditions that were not conducive to good scoring, but another very successful event.

 

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Greg O'Brien from Commercial Albury has won this year's Warrnambool Seniors by 2 shots (75,80) over fellow traveller David Robb (79,78) from Thurgoona with a further shot back to Guy Krall (80,78) from The National.

In fine conditions day 1 Greg had a good 75 to lead the field by 2 shots with only 4 players breaking 80. Day 2 was an eventful round for Greg - he started with 2 double bogeys and was in big trouble when he had a 10 on the par 4 14th. Aside from these holes he played some excellent golf in cool, but fortunately dry, conditions to card an 80 and win by 2 shots. He also had the best Nett score for the event off his Daily Hcp of 4.

Gary House from Sanctuary Lakes won the Nett event (Nett 72,76) by 2 shots over Greg Welsh from Colac (76,74) on a count back over Col Gardner from Melton Valley. Gary was one of only 4 players day 1 to break 80 and had a solid 82 in the lead group to win the Nett event.

The women's event was won by local Vicki Johnstone with 64 points and Helen Pascoe won the scratch stableford with 53 points.

 

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Ken O'Brien from Rossdale won the inaugural Eureka Seniors played at Midlands and Buninyong Golf Clubs with rounds of 78, 73. He closed with a great 73 at Buninyong to beat local scratch marker Chris Tatt (75,76) on a count-back with 2 shots further back to Ross Percy (75,78) from Cobram Barooga.

This was probably Ken's last event for the year, and a good year he has had. He is currently third in the Bachli rankings and holds a healthy lead in the Lulofs rankings, with just 2 events remaining for the year.

The Nett event was taken out by Ballarat player Bob Cooper (Nett 72,68) off his 18 handicap to lead runner up Jim Llewellyn from Bellarine Lakes (72,68) by 4 shots.

There was a reasonable field of 16 Women with local Midlands player Jill Morrison winning with 66 stableford points. The scratch was taken out by local favourite Helen Pascoe with 66 points.

The small field of 35 men enjoyed very good playing conditions on both days. The event will move to to an April timeslot next year.Eureka2016

 

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Mark Stanford from The National won the 2016 Melbourne Classic. Mark opened with a great 71  to establish a 5 shot lead over the field and with a fine76 at Woodlands held on to win by 1 shot over Gordon Claney (76,72), with a further 5 shots back to Ian Frost in third. Mark's great first round was emphasised by the quality of the field in his wake - The first round was played in very strong wind initially followed by some light rain; the second round was played in more pleasant conditions.

The Nett event was taken out by Bill Estrada from Yallourn (Nett 74, 70) by three shots over Kelvin Steel from Eastern (74,73).

There was also a small women's filed where Chiristine Greenhatch from Yarra Yarra won the event and Helen Pascoe won the scratch stableford.

 

 

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Mick Kaufman, now of Melton Valley won the Melton Valley Seniors by 3 shots with a fine 73 over Bachli leader Ian Frost (76). This also gave Mick the best Nett score off his 4 handicap.

The nett was also won by a local, Leo Strebs-Stelps playing in his first Seniors event won the Nett with a good Nett 70 by one shot over Rob Bride from Foster.

There was also a small women's field where Bev Smith from Hepburn Springs won with 33 points, and Helen Pascoe won the scratch with 26 points.

The course was in good condition and it was a warm 27 degree day but the wind came up quite strongly after a few holes to make conditions difficult.DSC01235

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Greg Rhodes from Coomealla has won the 2016 Victorian Seniors Championship at his local course and the Riverside Golf Club. As he acknowledged in his acceptance speech he was under pressure and any other result would have been regarded as an upset. Greg is Australia's top ranked Senior - heading the rankings last year and this year with this event being the last event for the year - and this event played on his home course.

Greg was a shot behind after 2 rounds (71, 74, 73) but his closing 73 was good enough to overtake Martin Minogue from Lakelands WA (72,72,78) and win by 4 shots with a further three shots back to fast finishing Steve Toyne from Nudgee Qld (79,74,72).

Martin Minogue had a very good event also leading the overall Nett off his 2 handicap finishing 2 shots ahead of David Taylor from Commonwealth (Nett 75,72,71) and John Reynolds from Grange SA (Nett 69,73,76).

The age category winners were 55-59 - Martin Minogue, 60-64 - Gordon Claney, 65-70 - Chris Tatt from Buninyong and 70+ Michael Jackson from Yarra Yarra.

The event was played in good weather and both courses were very well presented. The first and last rounds were played at Coomealla with the second round played at Riverside. The hospitality provided by both clubs was also terrific.coomealla10

 

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Ian Frost has won this year's Bendigo Seniors Amateur with a 75 and a 2 under 70, to beat Ken O'Brien from Rossdale (73, 74) by 2 shots with a further 6 shots back to John Kelly from Metropolitan in third.

Ian Frost also won last year's event, on this his home course, and Ken O'Brien was also runner up.

2 West Australian couples who travel together playing Seniors events around Australia featured in the other results in their first Victorian event.

Matt Ferguson from Wanneroo Golf Club playing off 6 won the Nett event (Nett 74, 69) one shot ahead of local James Dalton (74, 70).

There was also a women's event - Lyn Bennett (Gosnells) won with 70 stableford points and her sister Glenys Ferguson won the scratch event with 55 stableford points.

The event was played in good conditions but the course was soft after much recent rain.

 

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Ian Frost from Rich River won this year's Northern Senior Amateur with a fine 72 followed up with a 77 to win by 3 shots over Midland's Rob Wallace (75,77). Ian was still the defending champion as the event was not run last year due to course development. The course now has 2 new holes.

The Nett event was taken out by Wayne Aigner from Sandhurst (Nett 74, 69) just one shot ahead of local Brian Smith (75,69).

There was also a small field of Women with Heather Harley from Kooringal winning with 60 points and Helen Pascoe from Buninyong winning the scratch event with 60 points.

Disappointing numbers turned up this year, after a year off, to see the revamped course. Conditions were reasonable especially given the heavy overnight rain Monday night.Northern2016

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Guy Krall from The National won the 2016 Lan Lang Seniors with a fine 74, 2 shots ahead of fellow member Tony Briers and Frank Palinkas from Woodlands.

The Nett event was taken out by Mario Dubuisson-Perrine from Cranbourne with a Nett 69, 1 shot ahead of Kerry Boehm from Patterson River and Guy Krall.

There was also a Women's event with local Lee Andrews winning with 34 points and Heather Harley from Kooringal winning the scratch event with 21 points.LangLang2016

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Gordon Claney (74,73) from Kingston Heath won the Sandhurst Senior Amateur by 3 shots, ahead of Ian Frost (75,75) from Rich River and a further shot back to Rossdale's Ken O'Brien (74,77).

The Nett event was taken out by Allen Brown (Nett 73,70) from Howlong with 2 good rounds to be just 1 shot ahead of Steve McConville (72,72) from Centenary Park.

There was also a women's event with local Nola Ryalls winning the stableford event with 64 point and Helen Pascoe winning the scratch event with 55 points.

The disappointing field enjoyed good conditions over the 2 days on both the Sandhurst courses.Sandhurst12016

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Bryce Birtwistle from Sandhurst won the Gardiners Run Seniors Amateur with a fine 2 under par 70. He beat John Kelly from Metropolitan by 2 shots with another shot to Guy Krall from The National.

Guy Krall won the Nett event with a Nett 69 on count-back from John Wilson from Yarrawonga Mulwala with another 2 players also on 69 nett.

The women's event was won by Tina Cowie from Tambo Valley with 36 points and Sue Lush from Eastern won the Scratch event with 25 points.

The event was played in good conditions but the course was very wet after a lot of rain the day before. The greens were in great condition and much appreciated by Bryce Birtwistle in his acceptance speech.

Next year the event is to be played over 2 rounds in February where we should see the course at its best. With the good attendances for the first 2 years a good turnout is expected for the 36 holer in February.GardinersRun2016

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John Owen from Barwon Heads won his second consecutive Seniors event at Royal Melbourne with a fine 75 on the East Course, 3 shots ahead of Gordon Claney and Midlands Robert Wallace.

The Nett event was taken out by Pakenham's John Hoare with a Nett 73 on a count-back over Lonsdale's Adam Charleston.

The event was played in good weather although the wind continued to pick up during the day.RoyalMelbourne2016

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John Owen from Barwon Heads won this year's Metropolitan Plate with a 75, one shot ahead of Mark Abeyaratne from Peninsula-Kingswood.

Rod Fraser from Monash NSW won the Nett event with a Nett 73 to win by one shot over Ian Ashton from Pambula Merimbula.

For quite a few years players have suffered very poor weather conditions for the Metropolitan Plate but this year the field of 70 players enjoyed the best conditions Melbourne can turn on at this time of year. Short sleeve shirts were the order of the day and the course was in its usual immaculate condition.

This was John Owen's first win in a Seniors event and he was very appreciative of the opportunity to play Metropolitan and its hospitality. Rod Fraser, now a regular visitor to interstate Seniors events was also most complimentary of Metropolitan and the organisation of Victorian Seniors events.Metropolitan2016

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