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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Yarra courses Senior Amateur was played at LaTrobe this year.

Gavin Duncan from Heidelberg playing in his first senior event for 2 years won with a 72 on a countback from Eastern's Andrew Hansen who won on a countback last year.

Local Tony Markuzov playing in his first seniors event won the Nett with a nett 65 by 1 shot from another first timer, Jerry O'Gorman from Green Acres.

A very good field of 77 played the event with a good number of new players to the Seniors competition.yarracourses2015

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Michael Barltrop from Royal Auckland, NZ has won this year's Royal Melbourne Classic. Michael is a regular visitor to Australia to play in Seniors events and has played in all 3 of the Royal Melbourne Classics.

He started with the best round of the event, 73 to lead the field by 3 shots. A round 2 78 gave him a one shot lead going into round 3. His total was the same as the previous year when he led the field by 5 shots going into round 3.

This year Michael was equal leader with 9 holes to play but finished strongly for a fine 76 on the composite course to win the event by 7 shots - he was the only player in the field to break 80 each day.

Greg Rhodes from Coomealla finished second (81, 78, 75). Greg is a recent Senior and has performed well in the few Senior events he has played. When he manages to find time to play in more events he will no doubt be a force in Seniors golf in Vic and Nationally.

Gordon Claney (79, 81, 77)  finished third on a countback from newcomer Bernie Bickerton from Yarra Yarra (76, 76, 85) who played very well for the first 2 rounds to be just 1 shot off the pace.

Although Michael Barltrop also had the low Nett total the Nett event was won by Glenn Marr from Coomealla (225) by 3 shots over Bernie Bickerton. Local member and key person behind this event Alan Evans won the over 65 trophy (87, 74, 78).

Another very successful event and a capacity field with well over half the field from interstate or overseas.RoyalMelbClassic20152

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The 2015 Keysborough Senior Amateur was a great start to the 2015 year. A particularly good field of 72 played in beautiful conditions on a course in absolutely immaculate condition with quite slick greens. The course was prepared for the forthcoming Pro-am and could not be bettered.

Royal Melbourne's Alan Evans won the event with a 75 by 1 shot from Huntingdale's Mick Asami on a countback from Woodland's Michael Doutch.

Newcomer Graeme Weller from Yarra Yarra had a fine 78 playing off 10 to win the Nett event by 3 shots from another first timer Michael Louey from 13th Beach.

It was a day for the newcomers, apart from veteran Alan Evans! Mick Asami playing in his second event appears to be making a run for this year's Bachli as he has performed creditably on the national Seniors scene, and Graeme Weller and Michael Louey both performed well especially given their first starts.

The field of 72 was very good compared to previous years' fields and the inclusion of quite a number of new faces augurs well for the 2015 Seniors Year.keysborough2015

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DSC00449Ian Frost from Bendigo won this year's Sorrento Senior Amateur with a great second round one under par 69 along with first round 79 to beat Donald Hendry from Rosanna (74,74) on a count-back. Overnight leader Barry Tippett (72,78) was a further 2 shots back.

The Nett event was won by Elroy Lim from Heritage (70,69) by 1 shot over Gordon Warren (74,66) from Devilbend on a countback from Peter Sherwen from The Kew.

Clif Mitchell from Kingston Heath had a great 76 with a handicap of 9 on the day to play 2 shots under his age of 78.

The event had another great field supported by the senior Teams event. Kew won the teams scratch event and Commonwealth won the teams Nett event.

On the Thursday evening The Sorrento Golf Club put on a dinner where the annual trophies were awarded for the Seniors competition for 2014, including the 2014 Bachli and Lulofs Trophies.

Runner up in the Bachli Ian Frost, winner of the Sorrento event, gave a gracious speech highlighting Gordon Claney's achievements for the year including his win in the Australian Seniors Championship at Mandurah WA this year. Gordon gave a well thought out comprehensive and entertaining speech which included his personal recollections of Doug Bachli and his early experiences at Sorrento Golf Club.

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DSC00425Another great Seniors event at Port Fairy and another clear victory to Gordon Claney from Kingston Heath with 2 par 72s to lead Mark Brasher from Kew (78, 73) by 7 shots. Gordon has finished a great year with his back to back Myne Classic wins, clearly winning the Bachli Trophy and also winning the Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Mandurah (WA) and representing Australia in Hong Kong.

The Nett event was a close contest with Gary House from Sanctuary Lakes (74, 69) winning on countback from Kerry Boehm from Rossdale (74, 69) with 8 players just 1 shot back on 144.

There was also a women's event - Helen Pascoe from Bunninyong a clear winner in the Gross event, Julie Taylor from Anglesea the Nett and Roslyn Black  of Rutherglen the Stableford event.

Before play commenced Pat Giles said a few words in memory of John Beaumont from Mount Gambier SA. He played in this year's Qld Seniors Championship in July but is recently deceased after a sudden illness. He was a frequent player at the Port Fairy Seniors and was a popular and well performed senior player on the Victorian and Australian circuit. He had won the Qld Senior Amateur and represented Australia. A minutes silence was observed before play.

Port Fairy had a capacity field and the club turned on good weather (with the expected wind!) and great hospitality. The tournament dinner was terrific and well supported as was the presentation lunch. You will need to get the entries in early next year to ensure you make the field.

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MelbClassic2014Andrew Hansen from Eastwood has won this years Melbourne Classic courtesy of a great opening round of one under par 70 at Spring Valley. Conditions were not easy in the wind and his opening round gave him a 7 shot buffer going into the second round at Woodlands.

He opened the second round poorly and perhaps gave some hope to his illustrious playing partners Gordon Claney, Ian Frost and Mark Brasher, but he steadied for a 79 to win the event by 5 shots. John Wheeler (80, 74) with the best round of day 2 beat Gordon Claney (77, 77) on a countback.

Although Andrew also had the best Nett score, Kingswood's Peter Bence won the Nett trophy with fine scores of Nett 73, 70 to beat Barry Thomson from Southern by 2 shots.

Another successful Melbourne Classic with good numbers and still a number (7) of new faces playing their first Senior event. Gordon Claney newly enlisted on to the SAG (Senior Advisory Group to Golf Victoria) officiated at the presentations - handing out trophies out rather than receiving them, for a change.

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