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Doug Francis from Metropolitan won the 2017 Box Hill Seniors. He has just turned 55 in the last week and made a great debut to the Seniors. His 73 was 2 shots ahead of Australian Seniors champion Kym Olsen and Mick Streit from Paterson River with 75's.

The Nett event was taken out by Chris Clark from Gunamatta with a Nett 70 1 shot ahead of Paul Williams from Kew and Mark Abeyaratne from Peninsula-Kingswood.

The women's event was taken out by June Tickell from Trafalgar with 34 points and Helen Pascoe from Buninyong won the scratch event again with 32 points.

The weather was fine, the course was in great condition and the lunch and prizes were great - a very successful event.Boxhill20172





Kym Olsen had another resounding win in the Eureka Seniors following up on his victory at The National Masters last week. His 66 at Ballarat was an event winning score and 4 shots of local Buninyong champion Chris Tatt after round 1. Kym (66,72) won by 7 shots ahead of Ian Frost of Rich River (73,72) on a countback over Chris Tatt (70,75).

The Nett was taken out by local Buninyong member Ian Corcoran (Nett 70,70) on a count back over John Hoare from Pakenham (68,72) and Ballarat's Robert Cooper (70,70).

There were also over 65 prizes with Chris Tatt winning the Gross and Robert Cooper the Nett.

There was also a good field of women with Tina Cowie from Tambo Valley (32,42) taking out the Nett and local Buninyong player Helen Pascoe (33,30) taking out the gross.

This year the event was played at the Ballarat Golf Club & Buninyong Golf club and with a much improved field of 60 men. Conditions were threatening at Balarat but turned out fine on the new impressive Ballarat layout. It was a perfect day at Buninyong where players enjoyed beautiful Autumn conditions. There were some issues with the greens at Buninyong with promises that there will not be a repeat next year; Kym Olsen made a reasonable response that the conditions were the same for all players.





Kym Olsen at his home club won this year's Green Jacket at the National Senior Masters with a great performance over 3 days (70, 71, 70) to be 5 under the card and 7 shots ahead of another local, runner-up Mark Limon (73,73,72). Simon Bracegirdle (another local!) (71,74,76) was a further 3 shots back in third, after being the runner up last year. Kym's Nett score, off scratch, was also 6 shots ahead of the next best Nett score.

This win consolidates Kym's leadership in the Victorian Bachli rankings and elevates him to third in the Australian Senior rankings.

The Nett event was taken out by Rex Suckling from Belmont (NSW) (Nett 69, 77,71) by one shot over Ian Donaldson from Yerring Meadows.

The National Golf Club and Adrian Barr put on another very successful event such that it is becoming recognized as the best Seniors event in Australia. Entries tend to confirm this - a capacity field of 192 players where the handicap cut to make the field dropped well into single figures. Players come from around Australia and overseas. Adrian Barr who also takes responsibility for the weather turned on perfect conditions for the three days - not the typical Cape Schanck weather.

The Opening round was played on the Moonah course, round 2 on The Old course and there was a cut to play the 3rd round on The Ocean course. The cut field of 100 is made up of the top gross scores and some of the top Nett scores, with the remainder of the players having another round on The Moonah course.National201711





Kim Johnson from The National won the Mornington Senior Amateur with a 76 at Portsea Golf Club to win by 3 shots over Stephen Valentine from Kew. Also on 79 were Stephen Day from Ballarat, Ken O'Brien from Rossdale and Ignatius Duivenvoorden from Yarram.

Ignatius won the Nett event convincingly with his Nett 65 leading the field by 5 shots. Mark Dunstan from Spring Valley and John Mack from La Trobe had Nett 70's.

Clare Murphy from Mornington GC won the Women's event with 29 stableford points and the scratch event was taken out by June Tickell from Trafalgar with a fine 32 points.

Monday morning at Flinders was fine and warm but a cool change thru' for the start of play in the afternoon. The first nine was played in windy and wet conditions until lightning caused the abandonment of play. The event was reduced to an 18 hole event at Portsea but with points awarded still as per a 36 hole event. The weather was ideal at Portsea the next morning.Mornington2017





Gordon Claney won the 2017 Alpine Senior Classic at Bright Golf Club following up on his victory at the Cranbourne Seniors. His two sub par rounds of 71 gave him a resounding victory by 6 shots ahead of runner up Ian Frost (73,75) with another shot back to third placegetter Greg O'brien from Albury.

Bill Black from Rutherglen took out the Nett event with a good opening 77 nett 69 and followed up with a Nett 72 to win by one shot over Ross Bottomley from Torquay (72,70) with a further shot back to Commonwealth's Graham bone (70,73). This was Bill's first victory in a seniors event.

The Women's event was taken out by Box Hill's Jenny Long with 68 points and the scratch event by Susie Dawes from Yarrawonga with 57 points.

The Bright Golf Club put on another great event with a capacity field - the course was in its usual great condition and the weather was close to ideal - a little warm and some light rain for a short while in the second round. The good scoring was reflected by the good weather & course conditions.



Gordon Claney (77,70) from Kingston Heath won this year's Cranbourne Senior with a strong finishing & best round of the tournament 70 to win by 5 shots, ahead of joint overnight leader Kym Olsen from The National (74,78) who was just one shot ahead of 3 others Stephen Valentine from Kew, Greg Doolan from Rosebud and David Robb from Corowa.

Gary Easte who has won this event numerous times was one off the pace after round one but was disqualified when he did not not return his card.

The Nett event was taken out by Paul Fink from RACV (Nett 66,74) who had an exceptional opening round and hung on to beat Stephen Valentine from Kew (72,73) by 3 shots, with a further 3 shots back to Stephen Pettyfor from Eastwood and Greg Doolan from Rosebud.

The event was played in warm but calm conditions and the course was in its usual immaculate condition. Cranbourne's club champs had finished on the weekend and the greens were running particularly quick.DSC01301DSC01301


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.



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.




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.





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





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.




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




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





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.