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Ian Frost from Bendigo won this year's Kingston Heath Senior Amateur with a 75 by one shot from Shepparton's Barry Tippett. Ian in good form followed up his recent victory in the Qld Senior Amateur and extended his lead in this year's Bachli Trophy.

The Nett event was won by Ian Donaldson from Yerring Meadows (72) by 1 shot over Ian Frost with a further shot back to Ross Antoniou from Woodlands.

A large and strong field of 98 players including the 4 Australian representative players from Victoria battled very blustery conditions with only 4 sub 80 scores and many embarrassingly high scores.KingstonHeath2015


YarraYarra2015Mick Streit from Huntingdale won his first Bachli event, Yarra Yarra Senior Amateur, the opening round of the popular Sandbelt series. His 76 led Metropolitan's Paul Bray by 2 shots, with Guy Kralls 79 the only sub 80 scores.

Ignatius Duivenvoorden (nett 74) took out the Nett event by 1 shot from Castle Hill (NSW) Ross Manton and Paul Bray.

Although it was Mick Streit's first victory in a Bachli event, he recently represented Australia against the NZ seniors, and has performed well in National events.

The weather was kind with the forecast rain not eventuating but there was a good wind. The greens were particularly quick but the course was presented well and the good field, including many interstate visitors, only had positive comments.


DSC00826Greg Rhodes (67, 68, 72) has won his first Victorian Seniors event by a mere 28 shots! As he is still working he has focused his few opportunities to play golf on National ranked events apart from this his home event. He played Coomealla last year and was surprisingly beaten into 2nd place - he made no mistake this year with scores that confirm he was in a different class to the rest of the field. He had returned from representing Australia against NZ at Sanctuary Cove the previous week.

There were 3 sub 80 scores round 1 and Greg's 67 had him 9 shots in front of Alan Bullas (76,78, 81) from Commonwealth with a good 76. The dominance continued through the next 2 rounds. Greg playing off plus 2 even streeted the Nett field by 4 shots! Greg beat Alan Bullas by 28 shots with a further 3 back to well performed Chris Tatt (79, 77, 82) from Buninyong.

The Nett event was dominated by the locals (7 of the top 8) - Stan Prymke (75,69,73) by a shot over Steve Morrell (77, 70, 71).

The Coomealla event was again very well run and supported by the Club. The course was in great condition, weather conditions were great compared to the rest of Victoria and a great array of prizes offered every day but the attendance was disappointing - hopefully the word will get out again and the numbers improve significantly next year.


DSC00766Chris Tatt (76,72) from Buninyong in one of his infrequent Senior's events won the Tocumwal Seniors by 2 shots from Bachli leader Ian Frost (78,72) from Bendigo. They both shot good par 72s in the second round, but Chris excellent 76 in round one in very tough conditions gave him the advantage.

Kery Boehm won the Nett event with 2 great rounds (71,70). He played one of his best senior events also finishing 3rd equal in the gross event, to be 5 shots ahead of Nett runner up George Kotaridis (70,76) from Kew.

Helen Pascoe (27, 26) from Buninyong won the women's scratch event and local Bobette Wilkinson won the handicap (33, 31).

Round one was played on The President's course in very wet conditions. The countryside was in need of good rain and unfortunately for the golfers usually sunny Tocumwal turned on the rain for round one. Although the rain cleared for the second nine it was almost called off early in the round with some greens starting to go under water. 18 players did not finish or did not even start the first round. The second round on The Captain's course was played in cool but more typical Tocumwal clear conditions.


18315948583 15413842e0 oGuy Krall from The National followed up on his last start 2nd at Heathcote with a win at Shepparton (75,76) by 3 shots over Ray Walker (76,78) from Gardiners Run.

Chris Mansour (70,75) from RACV Cape Schank won the Nett event by 1 shot over local Peter Junor (73, 73).

Helen Pascoe (30,32) won the women's scratch event and Bobette Wilkinson (34,32) from Tocumwal won the Handicap event.

Weather conditions were only fair day one but overnight rain threatened to spoil day 2 and wet weather gear was the order of the day. Fortunately the weather cleared early in the round and the wet weather gear could be removed. The course and greens were in their usual very good condition.


Gordon Claney has won this year's Heathcote Senior Amateur with a 74. He was two shots ahead of Guy Krall from The National on count-back from Paul Gooley from Chirnside Park with 76s.

Philip Nunn from Tocumwal won the Nett event on a countback from John Fanning from Hill Top and Ignatius Duivenvoorden from Yarram with 71's.

Bobette Wilkinson from Tocumwal won the Womens Nett with 37 points and Helen Pascoe from Buninyong won the Women's Scratch stableford with 31 points.

The course was in great condition as always for the Seniors event and it was played in beautiful weather.DSC00744


Hepburn2015Greg Welsh (72,76) from Colac has won the inaugural Hepburn Springs Senior Amateur by 5 shots to overnight leader and favorite Ian Frost (71,72) from Bendigo. With 5 holes to play Greg was 2 behind the leader but finished with 4 birdies in the last 5 holes to overhaul the leader and record the round of the event.

The Nett event was taken out by local Graham Cronin (64,68) by 1 shot over Warragul's Leigh Greening (66,67).

Locals won the womens events - Bev Smith the scratch event and Julie Azzopardie (35,37) the stableford event.


DSC00732Andrew Hansen (79,75) from Eastern has won the inaugural Warragul Senior Amateur. He won on a very close countback over Ross Percy (79,75) with a further 2 shots back to local overnight leader Ron Magill (78,78) and Guy Krall from The National (81,75).

The Nett event was taken out by Ignatius Duivenvoorden from Yarram (70,69) by one shot over local Ron Magill (70,70).

The Womens scratch event was taken out by Kooringal's Heather Harley with local Glenda Kelly taking out the handicap event.

Warragul Country Club put on a good event and turned the course out in great condition. Hopefully the word will get out and the numbers will improve in future years.


Jeff Hasthorpe (80,76) from Trafalgar won the inaugural Leongatha Senior Amateur on a count-back from first round leader Peter Bence (77,79) from Kingswood-Peninsula with a further shot back to fast finishing Ross Percy (84,73) from Cobram Barooga and Rossdale's Ken O'Brien (80,77).

The Nett was taken out by local David Forbes (72,73) by one shot from Sanctuary Cove's Gary House (73, 73) on countback from Peter Bence.

Catherine Pearce (Sandhurst) won the women's event with 55 points and the scratch event was taken out by Mary Ann Elson from The Dunes with 46 points.

The event was played in perfect conditions on Thursday and the course was in great condition also. The greens were soft but very quick down hill. On Friday the wind got up a little and showers were the order of the day.DSC00715


Ian Frost from Bendigo clearly won this year's Cobram Barooga Seniors event. In good conditions round 1 on the Old course he carded a par 72 to lead the large field by 1 shot. He extended the lead to 2 after round 2 on the West course in very windy conditions carding 77. His 3rd round 76 was good enough to extend the lead to 4 over Michael Jackson (Yarra Yarra) (73,78,78). Alan Bullas, Greg O'Brien and Gary Hunt were a further shot back.

The Nett event was taken out by local Colin Rankin (70, 71, 72) by one shot over Leongatha's Russell Williams (71,70,73) and a further 4 shots back to Greg O'Brien from Howlong and David Shiells from Shepparton.

As well as a strong field of 117 for the Bachli event the club also hosted 138 additional senior players for a Men's Stableford event and Womens events.

Another very successful and well organised event at Cobram which includes the 4BBB event on the Wednesday rest day and a well organised presentation dinner on Thursday evening.DSC00697


National2015National2015John Wheeler (221 - 70,74,77) from the National is this year's National Masters Champion. He won by three shots ahead of Simon Bracegirdle (74,75,75) from The National, Ian Frost (71,75,78) from Bendigo and Barry Tippett (71,71,82) from 13th Beach.

The win  was even tighter than the scores suggest with John in the final group with Ian, Barry and Greg Rhodes (73,74,79) - John was equal leader with 2 holes to play.

John started the event well leading with a 2 under par 70 in round 1 on the Moonah - that score could have been even better as he lost 2 shots to par in the last 3. The weather conditions were probably as good as they come at The National day 1, and were still good for day 2 on The Old when John slipped 2 behind the lead with a fine 74. He played a sound 77 in much tougher conditions on the Ocean to emerge victorious.

John is the 6th winner of the National Masters. This was his first victory in a national ranking event in probably the strongest field of seniors golfers in Australia. The field of 193 players included the top 9 ranked players on the Australian Order of Merit and 17 of the top 20.

Barry Tippett, last year's Masters Champion held the lead after 2 sub par rounds but could not quite hold on against local John Wheeler.

This year Adrian Barr introduced the Lulofs Medals - 3 of them for the best round each day. It was fitting that John Wheeler, a good friend and club mate of Paul Lulofs was the winner of the first Lulofs medal. Barry Tippett won the second and a 3 way tie for the third - Simon Bracegirdle (The National), Ian Mcpherson (Joondalup WA) and Murray Brown (Russley NZ).

The field was cut for the final round on The Ocean. The top 75 players (165 cut) and the next best 25 Nett players made the cut.

Although John Wheeler was 8 shots clear of the field on Nett Andrew Hurwitz (72, 74, 74) from New South Wales won the Nett event by one shot over 3 others - Steven Wallace (The National), Darryl Hearsch (Manly) and Russell Simmons (Spring Valley).

It is hard to believe the event can continue to improve as it was a fantastically staged event year one, but it has continued to improve and the size and quality of the fields are testament to that. The courses were in great condition as expected, the course set up appropriate for the seniors, the hospitality including the the Tournament dinner could not be bettered and the general organisation and management second to none. Adrian Barr has done a great job establishing this event as the premier seniors event in Australia.


Jeff Hasthorpe from Trafalgar won this year's Box Hill Senior Amateur with a 74, one shot ahead of Andrew Hansen from Eastern.

Gordon Brooker of Golf Access Club won the Nett with a 68 off his 15 handicap. John Hoare from Trafalgar, and both Mario Valenti and Bobby Smith from Box Hill were nearby.

This year there was a women's event where local Heather Barwick 34 led Jenny Long 32, and the scratch stableford was won by Kooringal's Heather Harley with 23 pts.

The field of 66 men was a good improvement over last year with a number of locals and new players enjoying the perfect golf conditions again at Box Hill.BoxHill2015


Ross McFarlane (76,80) from Barwon Valley won this years Warrnambool Senior Amateur from clubmate and traveling companion Peter Thompson (78,80) by 2 shots. Ross had a 2 shot buffer after round one and held the lead in windier conditions on day 2 to hold off his playing partner Peter. Ross also led after round 1 last year but took the title this year.

Local and first timer Robert Smyth (72,71) won the Nett event convincingly by 4 shots from 2nd round playing partner Paul Fink (76,71) from RACV.

There was a good field of women players but the top 6 positions were taken by locals. Rosemary Walters won the event with 69 points by 6 points over Beryl Drake.DSC00595


Alan Bullas from Commonwealth won this year's Mornington Peninsula Seniors with rounds of 72 at Flinders Golf Club and 83 at his 2nd home course Portsea. He Beat Bendigo's Ian Frost (74, 83) by 2 shots.

The Nett event was won by first time senior player Adrian Harris from Glen Waverley with 2 Nett rounds of 72 to beat Paul Fink from RACV Cape Schanck (74, 71) by 1 shot on countback from Lonsdale's Jeff Wall.

Maryanne Elson from The Dunes won the women's event by 3 points over Box Hill's Jenny Long.

Although the weather was threatening at Flinders play proceeded in reasonable but windy weather. Again no rain at Portsea but conditions were cold and windy and the greens were quick and difficult. The scores were a reflection with nobody breaking 80.Portsea2015


DSC00583Ross Percy from Cobram Barooga won this year's Alpine Seniors Masters. He led after round 1 with a fine 73 and held on with 76 in the second round to win by one shot from top contenders Gordon Claney (76, 74) and Ian Frost (74,76). 'Beware the injured player', Ross felt that unwell after the first round he had to miss the tournament dinner and was still obviously not feeling well heading out for round 2.

Stan Davis (68, 72) from Bendigo, who was the fourth player in the final group, also withstood the pressure to clearly win the Nett event by 3 shots from Cardinia Beaconhills Norman Wilson. This result catapulted Stan to the top of the Lulofs rankings.

Another popular event at Bright - perfect weather, the course in its usual great condition and the hospitality of the club again second to none.


Local member and current Club Champion David McDonald (73, 77) won the inaugural Sandhurst Senior Amateur, one shot ahead of another local Bryce Birtwhistle (74, 78).

The Nett event was taken out by Metropolitan's Paul Bray (72,70) who handled the windy conditions well to head Rossdale's Brian Gray (73,73) by 6 shots.

There was also a women's stableford event taken out by local Christine McAuliffe with 59 points.

There was a good turnout for the inaugural event and the courses were presented in great condition but conditions were windy on both days. Round one was played on the North course and the final round on the Champions course.Sandhurst2015


Gary Easte from Spring Valley won again at Cranbourne making it two in a row and almost three after losing in a playoff in his first event 2 years ago. Gary and Ray Walker from Gardiners Run opened with 2 under par 70s. They played together in the final round and Gary won the event  with a 73 by one shot from Ray with a 74. These were the four low rounds of the event and they streeted the field by nine shots. Gary finished the event 1 under par but admitted he was 'leaking oil' at the end losing 4 shots to par in the last 3 holes.

Although Gary and Ray also had the low nett scores, the Nett event was taken out by Gary De Witt from Horsham (72,70) on a count-back from Spring Valley's Phil Bainbridge.

The course and hospitality was again first class at Cranbourne. The course set up and weather were also conducive to good scoring - another great event at Cranbourne.DSC00548


DSC00512Barry Tippett (13th Beach) returned to the Bachli events with a vengeance, after bypassing the events at his old home course (The Sands) and Lonsdale last week, where last year he was runner up and winner, in favour of the National Seniors event in Tasmania.

One shot off the pace after round 1 he went out in a four under 32, came home 1 over 36 to win the event by 5 shots. Jeff Hasthorpe from Trafalgar was runner up - a fine 73 day one gave him a 1 shot lead and despite Barry's opening nine blitz was only 2 shots behind with 8 to play and carded a creditable 2nd round of 74.

The Nett event was won by local Angus Maclean (69,68) on a countback from Bendigo's Stan Davis (67,70) and Commonwealth's Adrian Rossi (66,71).

Helen Pascoe from Buninyong won the Ladies scratch stableford with a very creditable 68 points and Vera Lund from Buninyong won the handicap stableford with 69 points.

The weather was almost perfect and the course was in great condition ahead of next week's pro-am. The tees were generously forward and the greens slow which lent to some good scoring. The hospitality was good with a great 2 course lunch provided - hopefully a better field next year. Local member and Australian Amateur great Kevin Hartley was again on hand to hand out the trophies. Barry gave a gracious speech - appreciative of Kevin Hartley's presence, complimenting the event management and giving credit to Jeff Hasthorpe's consistent straight game.


DSC00497Ken O'Brien from Rossdale completed a good week on the Bellarine Peninsula by comprehensively winning the Lonsdale Senior Amateur following his third place at The Sands.

He closed with a fine 70 (72,70) to win the event by 5 shots from David Taylor from Commonwealth (74,73) who was one shot ahead of Greg Welsh from Colac (76,72) and John Wheeler from The National (72,76).

The above four players were also the leading Nett scores.

The trophies were awarded for Gross - Ken O'brien over Greg Welsh with Commonwealth's Alan Buckley (72,78) third. For the Nett they were awarded to David Taylor over John Wheeler with Elroy Lim from Heritage (73,68) third on a countback.

Helen Pascoe won the Ladies gross with a 160 total and the stableford event was won by Warragul's Diane Baskett on a countback with 67 points.

Ken's good week has put him on top of both the Bachli and Lulofs Trophy rankings.


DSC00491The Surfcoast Seniors was played at the Sands in Torquay in relatively good conditions, and the course setup was generous with relatively short tees. The locals were prominent.

Local David Mallett (73,75) won the event convincingly by 3 shots from last year's winner and fast finisher Ian Frost (81,70) from Bendigo.

The Nett event was also won by a local, Graeme Altmann (70,73) by one shot over George Kotaridis (73,71) from Kew.

Annette Bain from The Heritage won the womens event with 63 points, 1 point ahead of three others.