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Gordon Claney won his fourth Sandbelt event this year with a 76 on a countback to the 18th over Roger Hogg from Lakeside and Jeff Hasthorpe from Trafalgar.

Roger Hogg (71) won the Nett event by one shot over Mike Steventon from Northcote.

The week's four wins sends Gordon Claney to the top of the Victorian Bachli rankings.

This year Victoria allowed an expanded field and 91 players enjoyed the great course,Victoria2016 and after the round the best food of the Victorian events.


Commonwealth2016YarraYarra2016Gordon Claney again. Three out of 3 for the Sandbelt events thus far with a terrific round of 72 on the par 73 Commonwealth layout. He streeted the field by 6 shots with Kew's Stephen Valentine runner up with another shot back to Royal Melbourne's Alan Evans.

The Nett event was taken out by veteran Alan Evans (74) by one shot over Drew Simonsen from Castle Hill NSW. Alan reflected on the early days of the 'Seniors Tour' in Victoria when there were just 3 events, it has progressed a long way in a relatively short time.

The course was also in great condition for this time of year but again the good field of 83 players struggled in the windy conditions.Commonwealth2016DSC01218



Gordon Claney again on his home course won his second of the 2 Sandbelt events so far. His 76 was 1 shot ahead of yesterday's runner up John Wheeler from the National.

The Nett event was won by Rod McNeil from Eastern with an excellent 73 by one shot over 3 other players.

The course was in great condition for this time of year but the good field of 96 players were battered by very strong winds that made scoring difficult, the median nett score was 83. A very successful event with great hospitality provided the club.KingstonHeath2016




Gordon Claney (77) won this year's Yarra Yarra 'Ray Barned' Senior Amateur by 2 shots over local and National member John Wheeler with a further shot back to another local and National member Guy Krall.

The Nett event was won by Dave Berg from Lakes Entrance with a Nett 73, 3 shots ahead of 4 others on 76.





Greg Rhodes won this year's Coomealla Seniors Championship. Australia's number one senior golfer on his home course, his 72,72,70 won the event by 13 shots over Robert Wallace from Midlands (74,73,80) with a further 4 shots back to third place-getter John Davey (74, 81,76) from Tea Tree Gully in SA. An outstanding steady performance that was also the second best Nett score for the event off his +2 handicap.

The Nett event was won by another local Peter Duscher with 3 very good steady rounds of (Nett 72, 71,72) off his 14 handicap to win the event by 5 shots over Paul Fink (74,76,70) from the RACV.

Noelle Hartnett won the women's event with 69pts for the 36 holes and Helen Pascoe won the scratch event with 58pts.

The course was in good condition and the weather was close to ideal - many players wearing shorts and short sleeves is terrific for Victoria in July. It was thus a disappointing turnout for a long time popular event and when the club puts on such a great event - plenty of prizes, good event dinner; and BBQ food, fresh orange juice and oranges every day. Hopefully better numbers next year. 



Stephen Valentine from The Kew Golf Club won the 2016 Tocumwal Senior Amateur title. His 78,73 beat last event's winner Kym Olsen from The National (79,73) by one shot on a count-back over last year's winner Chris Tatt from Buninyong (77,75). This was a great performance by Stephen playing off a 6 handicap in the final group, to beat the elite players Kym & Chris off +3 & scratch respectively. This was Stephen's first Seniors win although he was third in last year's Tocumwal event.

Stephen's acceptance speech indicated how genuinely excited, enthused and pleased he was to have won.

Brett McLellan from Drouin (74,64) won the Nett event 5 shots ahead of Stawell's Randal Bacon (70,73).

Heather Harley won the Women's stableford event and Helen Pascoe the scratch stableford event.

The event was played on the composite course in very trying cold and wintery conditions. The forecast weather caused a number of late withdrawals with a final field of 69 men & 12 women. After recent heavy rain the course was in relatively good condition but the cold, windy and sometimes wet conditions over the 2 days made scoring tough.DSC01209



Kym Olsen from The National won the Shepparton Senior Amateur in his second seniors start after coming in 3rd in the previous Heathcote event. He had a pair of 73's to win by 3 shots over Paul Ansell from Metropolitan (76,73) on a countback from Rossdale's Ken O'Brien. Off a plus 3 handicap and with a recent career as a Senior Professional golfer he will be another Vic golfer to watch in both Victorian and National events.

Ken O'Brien won the Nett event (and Paul Ansell had the same Nett score) (Nett 70,73) by 1 shot over Bendigo's Stan Davis (73, 71).

There was a small field of women with Christine Mildren from Albury winning the stableford event and June Tickell from Trafalgar winning the scratch stableford event.

We were lucky with the weather. Day 1 all the wet weather gear was put on but we had little rain and day 2 we only had very light rain with the worst holding off until just after play was complete. The good field of 69 men enjoyed Shepparton's good hospitality and the course which was in excellent condition especially given the recent rains.DSC01172






Ray Walker from Chirnside Park won another Heathcote Senior Amateur this year but it took a fine 1 under par 70 to beat Rossdale's Ken O'Brien on a countback. They were 5 shots ahead of 3rd placegetter and newcomer Kym Olsen, and they both had the 2 best Nett scores for the day.

George Kotaridis from Kew won the Nett event with a 77, Nett 70 by a shot over John Fanning from Kew.

This was the ninth year of the Heathcote Seniors and it attracted another very good field. The course was presented in great condition and the weather was fine. The club did great job running a very successful event which was much appreciated by all players.






Ian Frost (72,67) has gone one better than last year in the second Hepburn Springs Seniors, winning by 3 shots from Torquay Sands' David Mallett (74,68) on a count-back.

The Nett event was taken out by John Hoare from Pakenham (Nett 70,62) on a count-back from Grant Arnold from Kooringal (Nett 67,65) who also missed second in the gross on a count-back.

The event also included a good field of 21 women with Helen Pascoe winning the scratch stableford (31,30) and local Jan Thompson winning the stableford with 33 & 32 points.

The weather forecast was not good for the 2 days but day one although cool was relatively dry and the weather was good for day 2 - very fortunate. The picturesque course was in good condition especially considering the very dry time recently; and the club did a good enthusiastic job in hosting the event.




Ken O'Brien from Rossdale (78,73) has won this year's Leongatha Senior Amateur on a countback over Mark Abeyaratne from Peninsula-Kingswood (75,76). Ken's closing round 73 was particularly good in very trying conditions although he bogeyed his last 3 holes.

Norm Wilson from Gardiners Run (Nett 67,76) won the Nett event by one shot from Yarram's Ignatius Duivenvoorden (76,68).

There was also a Women's event with Majella O'connor from Ocean Grove winning the stableford event and Judith Quinn from Mornington winning the scratch stableford.Leongatha2016


Gordon Claney won this year's Cobram Barooga Senior Amateur with a very impressive 3 round performance that streeted the field. He was equal leader day 1 with local scratch marker Gary Hunt with a one under par 71, but day 2 he put in a fantastic round of 68 on the tough West course in testing windy conditions. This put Gordon 5 under the card and gave him an 11 shot lead. He was level par day 3 giving nobody any chance - and giving himself a 14 shot victory - an awesome performance. He also had the second best Nett score in a field of 96 players - a great performance off a plus 1 handicap. Ian Frost, who won the National Seniors Masters in the previous seniors event was runner up with creditable rounds of 73, 76, 76, 4 shots ahead of 3rd placegetter, local Gary Hunt. Both Gordon & Ian are quite familiar with the courses from their younger days. They have also taken a good lead in the Bachli rankings.

The Nett event was taken out by first time senior player Martin Farrelly from Bairnsdale playing very good golf off his 15 handicap (nett 69, 75, 66) to be 4 shots ahead of Gordon Claney and a further shot back to Nett runner up John Fanning from Hilltop (74, 72, 69).

The event was another great success no doubt in part due to the great promotion and hard work of local Ross Percy and pro Justin Speirani. The course was presented very well by the new course superintendent receiving many positive comments. The weather was particularly good and better than forecast although day 2 was quite windy. The event attracted a good field of 96 players but was also run in conjunction with a men's stableford event and women's events attracting an additional 150 players. The popular presentation dinner topped off a great week where the club gave out many more prizes than is normal for Seniors events.Cobram2016


National20161Ian Frost (75,70,75) from Bendigo has won this year's National Masters Seniors beating local Simon Bracegirdle (69,75,76) in a playoff, after both were runners up last year. Stefan Albinski (72,76,74) finished third with the best third round of 74.

Simon Bracegirdle likened himself to Jordon Spieth in his post game speech and there were some similarities to the recent Masters event. SimonNational20161 led from day one and was 5 shots ahead with 9 holes to play. Ian finished par for the final nine holes to make the playoff; and he wore a Danny Willett like green shirt.

It was a tight match with Simon having a putt of about 6 feet for birdie putt on the difficult 18th that may have won him the event. Ian hit his drive on 18 well right but chipped his third well to have a putt of about 5 feet for par. After Simon missed his birdie putt Ian had his putt for the title but missed. Ian played a very solid extra hole to win the event.

Peter Bence (Nett 73,71,72) from Kingswood Peninsula won the Nett event by 1 shot ahead of Peter Good (76, 68, 73) from The Lakes on a countback over early leader and local Tony Briers (71, 69, 77).

Adrian Barr and The National Golf Club put on yet another great event and Adrian even organised the perfect weather. The event went like clockwork and all of the capacity field of 192 players walked away very happy, impressed by the efforts of the club including the very popular tournament dinner.


BoxHill20161BoxHill20161BoxHill20161Bryce Birtwistle from Sandhurst won the 2016 Box Hill Senior Amateur with a fine two under 69 to win by 3 shots over John Kelly from The Metropolitan. On his way to his first Seniors victory he also holed out on the 17th for a hole in one.

Local and club captain Michael Ransom won the Nett event with a 67 one shot ahead of fellow local John Ford.

Another local Helen Somogyl won the Ladies stableford event with 36 points and Helen Pascoe from Buninyong won the scratch stableford with 34 points.


Mornington1Wayne Aigner from Sandhurst has won this year's Mornington Seniors. His 72 at Flinders was 2 off the pace but his 77 at Portsea secured the title on a countback over Ian Frost (70, 79) from Bendigo, with a further 2 shots back to Tim Kirtley from 13th Beach.

Wayne is a long time Seniors regular and this is his first victory since 2008. His putter worked well for 2 days.

Although Wayne streeted the Nett field by 10 shots the Nett trophy was won by Tim Kirtly (69,74) on a countback over Chris Keeshan (68, 75) from Centenary Park.

The women's scratch event was taken out by June Tickell from Trafalgar and the stableford event by Maryann Elson from The Dunes.

Both courses were presented in great condition and the weather was perfect both days.


alpine20161John Kelly from Metropolitan has won this year's weather shortened Alpine Seniors. He is relatively new to Seniors golf but not new to golf - he is an ex Australian Amateur Champion and a former Professional golfer and thus another strong Victorian on the National scene.

His par 72 had him one shot in front of Gordon Claney with a further shot back to Ian Frost.

Barry Webb from Yarrawonga won the Nett event with a fine 67, 1 shot ahead of local Robert Taylor and Geoff Crossman from Rich River. Barry, a popular winner has been battling with his form for some time but may be back.

The opening round was played in very warm conditions but the course was in fantastic shape especially considering the low recent rainfall. The greens were particularly quick but very true and the fairways were in great condition.

Heavy rain was forecast for the next morning - round 2. After a short delay the shotgun start was scheduled, but some players did not even play a shot before the siren was sounded. There was some electrical activity and after a short while the rain became that heavy that the course would have become unplayable. Within the hour play was abandoned.

One group of players - Pat Giles, Larry Maxwell, John Fellows and John Mortimer did not hear the siren. They played 4 holes before they were spotted when another player went out to bring back his clubs left on course. They marked their balls and duly came in to discover play had been abandoned some while earlier. The four were wet through but in reasonable humor given a lot of ribbing from a field of dry players in the clubhouse.

The popular event pulled another great field of 91 players who come to enjoy the terrific hospitality and well presented golf course that is consistently provided by the Bright Golf Club.


Gary Easte from Spring Valley has won the Cranbourne Seniors yet again. He has played the event 4 times - he lost the first in a playoff and has then won the last 3 events. This year his 74, 73 got him into a playoff with Mick Streit (72, 75) from Huntingdale. Gary played a very impressive playoff hole - a drive, a six iron to about 4 metres and then holed his eagle putt!

Brian Gray from Rossdale (Nett 72, 72) had another good event to go to the top of the Lulofs rankings. He won the Nett event on a count-back over Paul Gooley (72, 72) from Chirnside Park, although Gary Easte also had the best Nett for the event.

This was another successful and popular Cranbourne event with a good field of 90 players. Weather was good and the course was in prime condition - our event in between their club championships and the forthcoming Ossie Pickworth Corporate Cup.Cranbourne5


Ross Percy from Cobram Barooga won this year's Warragul Senior Amateur (75,80) by a comfortable 8 shots over Ken O'Brien from Rossdale (85, 78) on countback over Eastern's Andrew Hansen.

The Nett event was taken out by local John Bundle (70,75) by 2 shots over another local Hector Melo (76,71) on countback over yet another local Bob Veitch (74,73) and Rossdale's Brian Gray (73,74).

Weather conditions were much improved over the previous year and the course was presented in great condition but there were some tough pin positions for the particularly quick greens, and although the fairways were quite green there was a lot of run on the sloping fairways.

In Ross Percy's acceptance speech he commented on the greens running at 12 and the fairways at 11.

The locals also dominated the Ladies event with Susan Rose winning with 58 stableford points and Glenda Kelly winning the scratch event with 33 points. Glenda is the wife of regular Senior player Tony and new life member at Warragul.DSC01035


Alan Bullas from Commonwealth (74,75) resoundingly won the 2016 Kooringal Seniors by 7 shots over relative newcomer Tim Kirtly from 13th Beach (78,78) on a countback over Huntingdale's Mick Streit (76.80).

Paul Williams from Kew (72,71), another relative newcomer, won the Nett event by 2 shots over Kerry Boehm from Rossdale (70, 75). Alan Bullas also had the equal best Nett score.kooringal20161


Robert Wallace from Midlands won his first Bachli event, the new Surfcoast Senior Amateur. His 74 at the Sands followed by 75 at Lonsdale was three shots ahead of Greg Welsh (78,74) from Colac and Peter Bence (75,77) from Peninsula-Kingswood.

Alan Buckley from Commonwealth (67,72) has come back with a vengeance to win the Nett event by two shots ahead of Larry Maxwell from Heathcote (76,65) on countback over Commonwealth's Graham Bone (69,72),  and Peter Bence (70,71).

This year is the first of the new combined event of the old Surfcoast and Lonsdale events into the Surfcoast Senior Amateur - 18 holes at the Sands - Torquay followed by 18 at Lonsdale. Both courses were presented in great condition and the event was played in perfect weather.Surfcoast2016


John Wheeler frm The National won the 2016 Yarra Courses Seniors Championships which was played at Yerring Meadows Golf Club. Competitors found the course tough with John's 76 winning by 1 shot from Shane McCarthy from Latrobe with a further shot back to Mark Brasher from Kew.

The Nett event was taken out by Tom Richardson (RACV Cape Schanck) with a fine Nett 70 and 3 shots ahead of Gary House from Sanctuary Lakes and Peter Bywaters back to Cranbourne.