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2015 Champion
Ian McPherson wins the 2015 Australian Senior Amateur Matchplay Championship at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club

2015 Champion
Tom Harold wins the 2015 Northern Territory Senior Amateur Championship at Alice Springs Golf Club

2015 Champion
John Wheeler wins the 2015 The National Senior Masters at The National Golf Club

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2015 Australia vs New Zealand
July 15-17, 2015
Sanctuary Cove GC, QLD

2015 Gold Coast Senior Classic
July 22-24, 2015
Royal Pines, The Glades, Hope Island GCs, QLD

2015 Queensland Senior Amateur Champpionship
July 27-29, 2015
Southport GC, QLD

State Senior Orders of Merit





all tables show points after


 1  Gordon Claney VIC 121.12  7 
 2  Barry Tippett VIC 104.12  7 
 3  Michael Barltrop NZ 103.93  7 
 4  Ian McPherson WA 94.32  6 
 5  Stefan Albinski     NSW 88.65  8 
 6  Greg Rhodes VIC 87.71  5 
 7  Sal Ballard NSW 84.73  8 
 8  Steve Toyne QLD 82.50  11 
 9  Vince Clark NSW 82.34  8 
10  John Banting WA 67.40  7 
11  Ian Frost VIC 62.57  5 
12  Tom Harold NT 62.05  6 
13  Colin Hallam QLD 61.20  7 
14  Trevor Hughes WA 60.62  4 
15  David Limbach NSW 59.07  6 
16  John Wheeler VIC 55.39  6 
17  Denis Dale NSW 54.00  6 
18  Chris Gordon NSW 53.19  7 
19  Alan Bullas VIC 51.73  8 
20  Mick Streit VIC 51.38  8 


Points are only awarded after a player has turned 65.
Please advise of DOB for missing players who have turned 65.

 1  Vince Clark NSW 82.34  8 
 2  Denis Dale NSW 54.31  6 
 3  Roy Vandersluis NSW 48.94  5 
 4  Harry Crosby WA 40.29  4 
 5  Trevor Box QLD 39.71  3 
 6  Tony Kennings NSW 34.68  5 
 7  Nigel Goodall WA 24.62  2 
 8  Dave Morrison QLD 23.56  4 
 9  Graham Bowen WA 19.93  3 
10  Wayne Aigner VIC 15.21  3 

2015 YEAR - TOP 10

Points are awarded to the Top 40 net places in each event.
Only the best 5 net results during the year are counted.

 1  Barry Tippett VIC 70.83  5 
 2  Tom Harold NT 67.41  5 
 3  Steve Toyne QLD 49.97  4 
 4  Sal Ballard NSW 45.55  4 
 5  Darryl Hearsch NSW 44.83  3 
 6  Stefan Albinski NSW 44.81  4 
 7  Vince Clark NSW 41.94  3 
 8  Garry O'Brien NSW 41.07  2 
 9  John Wheeler VIC 38.00  1 
10  Gordon Claney VIC 36.16  3 

Nov 2014 - Oct 2015

  1.  ACT Seniors
  2.  Royal Melbourne Classic
  3.  Tasmanian Seniors
  4.  NSW Seniors
  5.  WA Lake Karrinyup
  6.  West Aust. Seniors
  7.  VIC National Masters
  8.  NSW Senior Classic
  9.  N. Territory Seniors
10.  Aust. Senior Matchplay

11.  Gold Coast Seniors
12.  Queensland Seniors
13.  SA Grange Senior Open
14.  South Aust. Seniors
15.  Australian Seniors
16.  Victorian Seniors
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The Future of Golf - some thoughts


  Queensland Golf  

The senior golf action moves to Queensland in July with three major events to be played.

Australia vs New Zealand
July 15-17, 2015 - Sanctuary Cove Golf Club

Aust vs NZ This will be the ninth playing of the annual challenge match between 12 man senior teams from Australian and New Zealand.

As usual the Australian venue for this event is The Pines course at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club. Australia will be looking to reclaim the trophy after the Kiwi's victory at Muriwai Golf Club (New Zealand) in 2014.

More details including team lists here:
2015 Australia vs New Zealand

Steve Toyne

Gold Coast Senior Classic
July 22-24, 2015 Royal Pines, The Glades, Hope Island GCs

Three wonderful courses for the 2015 event.

The defending champion is Queenslander Steve Toyne.

Entry form and more details here: 2015 Gold Coast Senior Classic

Brian Sams
Queensland Senior Amateur Championship
July 27-29, 2015 Southport Golf Club

The state senior title returns to Southport Golf Club.

The defending champion is NSW senior Brian Sams who won in 2014 at Carbrook Golf Club. The last Queensland winner was Peter King in 2012.

Entry form and more details here: 2015 Queensland Senior Amateur Championship

  4 Spots Left on the AUSOOM China Tour  

China Tour
There are now four spots remaining on the AUSOOM two week holiday in China that begins immediately after the 2015 Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Golf Championship (played in Qingdao, China October 13-16, 2015). The group is set at a maximum of 24 so if you are considering this trip of a life time do make contact soon.

Our non-golfing tour of China starts Saturday October 17. It covers just about all the major attractions in China - Beijing, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Olympic Stadium, the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Pandas, Dazu Rock Carvings, a Yangtze River Cruise, The Three Gorges, Shanghai and lots more.

China TourThe tour we have planned is open to others and Janice and I would love to have some of our golfing friends join us. I have created an AUSOOM Tour of China eBook that gives a detailed day-by-day description of the itinerary, accommodation and activities.

By working directly with a Chinese travel agent the price we have obtained is great value and much better than anything I could find in Australia. The Chinese agency is very reputable and has been most professional and helpful in developing an itinerary and organising the tour.

All our accommodation is a minimum of 4 stars, the cruise ship is 5 stars and the low price includes all sightseeing, boat trips and evening shows. Just about every meal is also included.

China Tour Although the holiday tour starts straight after the Asia Pacific Seniors Championship they are not connected. You can certainly join our tour if you are not playing in the golf tournament. At this stage seven of the group will join us in Beijing with the others playing in the golf tournament first. Or you could play the golf and be joined later by your wife/partner/friend for the holiday afterwards.

We are looking forward to a wonderful holiday. If you would like to find out more or indicate an interest in joining us you will find my contact details in the AUSOOM Tour of China eBook.

Denis Dale

  Ian McPherson Wins Australian Senior Matchplay   

The 2015 Australian Senior Matchplay Championship concluded today at the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club.


Championship Final Report

The day began with Ian McPherson and Sal Ballard completing their left over round from the previous rain interrupted day. The winner was McPherson who parred the seventeenth for a 2& 1 win and a place in the final against Queenslander Trevor Box.

The final proved to be a match worthy of the Australian Senior Matchplay title. Trevor Box continued on his winning way with some great early golf to open up a 3 hole lead. McPherson kept trying and gradually worked himself back into the match. On the sixteenth tee he was just one hole behind. A close finish looked likely but no-one knew how close!

McPherson parred sixteen and the match was all square but then Box won seventeen to take back his one hole lead as they headed to the eighteenth. Both played the par five well and when McPherson had missed his birdie Box needed to hole his four footer for the title. It slipped past the edge and the match was all square and for the second successive year the title was extended into extra holes.

Again both played the par five first well with McPherson closest to the hole after a beautiful wedge approach. When Box holed out for par McPherson needed to hole his birdie but it too edged past the hole. Up the twentieth and another halved hole when Box missed a five footer for the win. The twenty first hole is a long par three and both missed the green but with a beautiful chip and a great bunker shot they made their pars and moved on the the next.

A very long par four and the players needed their hybrids for demanding second shots. McPherson found the green but Box missed right. He chipped to six feet and waited for McPherson to putt. His aggressive putt went well past and he missed the return. Another chance for Box but he too sat on the edge. One more hole - the par three sixth.

McPherson played a sensational iron to eight feet but this was matched by Box who was just a foot longer. Great golf shots under the pressure that continued to mount. Box putted first and watched a very good putt just slide by. McPherson studied the line and with a firm stroke knocked his birdie putt right in the centre. The crowd cheered and McPherson had his second Australian Senior Matchplay title. The only time he had led all day was after twenty four holes. For Box it was a great tournament but one that very easily could have been just that little bit better. Well done to both players.

In the play off for the bronze medal Vince Clark edged out fellow NSW player Sal Ballard on the nineteenth hole. Both players have finished well up in all their recent tournaments and this high placing will make them strong contenders when the 2015 Australian team for the Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship is selected at the end of July.

A wonderful three days of golf on a championship course. Congratulations and thanks to the staff at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Course. In very wet conditions they presented the course at a very high standard that impressed all the players. Cameron Vincent and Adam Power from Golf Australia ran their usual first rate national championship and made sure all players enjoyed the week. It's on again at the same course next year!

    MAIN DRAW                     
  31.   Trevor Box   8.   Ian McPherson  24th
  6.    Vince Clark  19th 5.  Sal Ballard  
  3.    Michael Barltrop   4.    Steve Toyne  3&2
  1.    Barry Tippett   26.   Mark Pearson  4&3
  22.   Darryl Whitehead  19th 9.    Greg Rhodes  
  13.   David Limbach   23.   Martin Minogue  4&3
  18.   Mick Streit   16.   Trevor Hughes  1up
  14.   Alan Bullas  7&6 12.   Denis Dale  
  28.   Graeme Howland   10.   Ian Frost  1up
  19.   Greg Stanford   32.   Dave Morrison  2up
  2.    Stefan Albinski  4&3 25.   Tony Kennings  
  20.   Mike Peeck  2up 11.   Col Hallam  
  7.    John Banting  5&4 21.   Darryl Hearsch  
  27.   Michael Dunsmore  4&3 24.   Harry Crosby  
  15.   John Wheeler   29.   Phil Towle  2up
  30    Ross Banks   17.   Chris Gordon  5&4

More details available here - 2015 Australian Senior Matchplay.

  Tom Harold Wins Northern Territory Seniors   

The final round of the 72-hole 2015 Northern Territory Senior Amateur Championship was played today at the Alice Springs Golf Club.

This is an open event with many of Australia's best young golfers competing. The NT Senior Amateur Championship is played in conjunction and earns Australian Senior Ranking points.

Day four of the 2015 NT Senior Amateur produced brilliant sunny skies and a cool yet consistent breeze.

Barry Tippett (left) played in the morning draw and had a reasonable score going until a a lost ball on the eighth hole (his second last) gave him a triple bogey that saw him post a 77 and a total four round clubhouse leading score of 314. Tippett had rounds of 84-76-77-77=314.

Tom Harold (centre) held an overnight one stroke lead over Steve Toyne (right) and they were paired together for the final round with an afternoon time slot. Both players got off to a sluggish start with Harold posting a score of 42 (6 over par) on the outward nine and Toyne one more.

Harold then lifted his game and played brilliantly over the more challenging front nine to record a one over par 37 and a total score of 79. Harold had rounds of 81-73-80-79=313 for his one shot win over Tippett.

Toyne played well in the final nine to finish his day with a round of 82 and an aggregate score of 317 (82-78-75-82) that gave him third place.

Tom HaroldThis makes it five second place finishes and a win for Tippett from his last seven starts. He is certainly the form senior golfer in Australia at the present time.

NSW senior Darryl Hearsch finished in fourth position (78-82-84-82=326). Harold, Tippett and Toyne have been selected in the Australian team to challenge New Zealand for the Sanctuary Cove Trophy in July this year.

Leading Scores:
313 Tom Harold (NT) 81-73-80-79
314 Barry Tippett (VIC) 84-76-77-77
317 Steve Toyne (QLD) 82-78-75-82
326 Darryl Hearsch (NSW) 78-82-84-82

More details here - 2015 Northern Territory Senior Open .

  Australia vs New Zealand   

The 2015 Australian Senior team to represent in the match against New Zealand in July this year has been announced.

The 2015 team has a very different look to the teams that represented Australia in recent years. Only four of the team that played in the previous match in February 2014 have made the 2015 team. The eight new players are an indication of the recent emergence of talented senior golfers keen to represent their country in an international golfing event.

The New Zealand team has also been announced and they have selected a very experienced team with only one new player added to their successful 2014 team.

The annual event began in 2007 and is played using the same format as the Ryder and President Cups and is just as exciting and prestigious an event to the twenty four golfers who compete every year.

The event rotates between Australia and New Zealand annually. When played in Australia it is played at the Sanctuary Cove Golf Club while in New Zealand the venue is always one of the countries best courses - Titirangi in 2008, Clearwater in 2010, Christchurch in 2012 and Muriwai in 2014.

After eight years of competition the score stands at five wins for New Zealand and three wins for Australia. The 2015 tournament will be played in July at Sanctuary Cove GC and while Australia will be eager to claim back the trophy the New Zealand team will be looking to make it four years in a row!

More details including the New Zealand team for 2015 here:
2015 Australia vs New Zealand

Stefan Albinski
Stefan Albinski NSW
Australia's number one senior golfer for many years and now making his sixth appearance in the Sanctuary Cove Trophy. Expect a strong leadership performance.
Ian McPherson
Ian McPherson WA
Third appearance for this tough competitor from the west. Has won an Australian Senior Matchplay title and sure to do well for Australia this year.
Sal Ballard
Sal Ballard NSW
Made his debut last year and with the experience is more than ready for another battle with the Kiwis. Very determined player and can run hot with the putter.
Vince Clark
Vince Clark NSW
Gets better with age and now playing the best golf of his career. His consistency will ensure he performs very well for the Australian team in his third appearance.
Greg Rhodes
Greg Rhodes VIC
Newcomer but comes with an impressive record including a dominant win in the 2015 NSW Senior Championship. Strong player well suited to matchplay golf.
Trevor Hughes
Trevor Hughes WA
Newcomer who was runner up in the 2014 Australian Senior Championship and has played very well since to earn his spot on the team..
Steve Toyne
Steve Toyne QLD
Newcomer who has played a lot of senior golf in the last twelve months. He will be ready for this new challenge. A strong all round game.
Tom Harold
Tom Harold NT
Newcomer and the first ever representative from the Northern Territory. Very consistent player in recent events and has earned this chance at the highest level.
Mick Asami
Mick Asami VIC
Newcomer from Victoria but has played good senior golf throughout the year. Will certainly be a proud man to represent Australia and sure to do well.
John Banting
John Banting WA
Newcomer from the west who has travelled Australia to play many events during the year. His consistent high quality golf has earnt him a place in the Australian team.
Barry Tippett
Barry Tippett VIC
Another newcomer to the team but not to top level golf. His record in the past twelve months is the best of any Australian and he is sure to have a good inaugural year with more to follow.
Ian Frost
Ian Frost VIC
Newcomer from Victoria who has climbed the national ranking table with impressive recent performances. Strong and determined player and very keen to do well in his first year.

Tony Kennings
Tony Kennings NSW
Captain (non-playing). Represented three times as a player and then twice as a non-playing vice captain. This is his first year as team captain and will leave nothing undone in an effort to win the series.
Denis Dale
Denis Dale NSW
Vice Captain (non-playing). Experienced senior who played in all eight previous Sanctuary Cove Trophy teams. Not playing this year but certainly eager to help the Aussies win back the title.
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