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

2015 Champion
Martin Minogue wins the 2015 West Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Royal Fremantle Golf Club

2015 Champion
Nigel Goodall wins the 2015 Lake Karrinyup Senior Classic at Lake Karrinyup Golf Club

2015 Champion
Greg Rhodes wins the 2015 New South Wales Senior Amateur Championship at Duntryleague & Ex-Services Golf Clubs

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2015 NSW Senior Classic
April 20-22, 2015
The Lakes, The Australan, Avondale GCs, NSW

2015 Northern Territory Senior Amateur Championship
May 14-17, 2015
Alice Springs Golf Club, NT

State Senior Orders of Merit





all tables show points after
the cancelled


 1  Gordon Claney VIC 116.60  8 
 2  Barry Tippett VIC 95.98  6 
 3  Stefan Albinski     NSW 91.96  7 
 4  Michael Barltrop NZ 87.36  6 
 5  Sal Ballard NSW 81.86  8 
 6  Steve Toyne QLD 80.65  10 
 7  Vince Clark NSW 80.21  8 
 8  John Banting WA 79.82  7 
 9  Ian McPherson WA 75.51  6 
10  Greg Rhodes VIC 73.48  4 
11  Brian Sams NSW 68.76  6 
12  Ian Frost VIC 68.14  5 
13  Colin Hallam QLD 67.35  7 
14  Roy Vandersluis NSW 63.36  6 
15  Mick Asami VIC 61.57  6 
16  Michael Peeck QLD 60.16  7 
17  Tom Harold NT 56.05  6 
18  Denis Dale NSW 55.31  6 
19  David Limbach NSW 53.93  6 
20  Alan Bullas VIC 53.48  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 80.21  8 
 2  Roy Vandersluis NSW 63.36  6 
 3  Denis Dale NSW 55.31  6 
 4  Harry Crosby WA 33.71  3 
 5  Tony Kennings NSW 32.39  5 
 9  Dave Morrison QLD 26.56  4 
 7  Trevor Box QLD 25.43  3 
 8  Nigel Goodall WA 24.62  2 
 6  Tony Hyde VIC 21.41  7 
10  Graham Bowen WA 19.93  3 

2013-14 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 55.70  4 
 2  Tom Harold NT 48.41  4 
 3  Sal Ballard NSW 45.55  4 
 4  Stefan Albinski NSW 44.81  4 
 5  Vince Clark NSW 41.94  3 
 6  Garry O'Brien NSW 41.07  2 
 7  Steve Toyne QLD 38.44  3 
 8  John Wheeler VIC 38.00  1 
 9  Gordon Claney VIC 36.16  3 
10  Paranjit Singh QLD 35.10  2 

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.  Queensland Seniors
12.  Gold Coast 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


  Sydney Seniors Cancelled   

The quite incredible weather has forced the cancellation of the 2015 Sydney Senior Classic. This 54-hole event was to be played at The Lakes, The Australian and Avondale Golf courses.

Heavy rain and strong winds forced players from the course in the opening round at The Lakes and the continual wild weather has made play on these three and any Sydney course impossible.

Obviously there were are many disappointed senior golfers who had looked forward to playing on these three high quality courses. The entry list was perhaps the best ever for this event with golfers from interstate and New Zealand making the trip to Sydney.

Unfortunately nothing can be done to control the weather and with a busy year ahead it is unlikely that the event will be rescheduled this year.

The new Australian Senior Amateur Ranking Tables will be calculated without the Sydney Classic for 2015. The Sydney Classic was the last event before the selection of the team to represent Australia in the annual match against New Zealand. The 2015 team should be announced soon.

  It was "Wheels" on Fire!   

Local member John "Wheels" Wheeler (right) has won the coveted green jacket awarded to the winner of The National Senior Masters. A very popular member at The National, Wheeler had led after the opening round when he finished two under par 70 on the Moonah course. He was in second place after a round of 74 on the Old course but a determined final round of 77 on the challenging Ocean course saw him claim the title he wanted and deserved. His rounds of 70-74-77=221 also created a tournament record.

This is the first win for Wheeler in an Australian Senior Ranking event and he certainly picked a great event in which to break through. The courses are all world class and the field was the strongest possible and would not have been out of place in an Australian Senior Amateur Championship.

Second place went to a trio that included NSW senior Simon Bracegirdle (Killara) and two Victorians Ian Frost (Bendigo left) and Barry Tippett (Thirteenth Beach). Bracegirdle (74-75-75=224) is now a member at The National and is well known in Sydney where he was a high quality golfer at the Killara club for many years. Frost (71-75-78=224) has performed very well in senior events in recent years and is not only one of Victoria's best seniors but also one of the best across the country.

Barry Tippett (right) was the defending champion and led the field into the final round after two great par-breaking rounds of 71-71 on the Moonah and Old courses. His final round 82 saw him lose the lead but he still shared second place points and has now climbed into second position on the Australian Senior Ranking table behind fellow Victorian Gordon Claney.

Sharing fifth place were leading West Australian senior Ian McPherson (74-77-75=226) and another Victorian Greg Rhodes (73-74-79=226). McPherson has been an Australian representative for several years while Rhodes was the recent runaway winner of the NSW Senior Amateur Championship and looks certain to make his debut for Australia later this year in the Sanctuary Cove series against New Zealand.

This year’s National Masters field was the strongest ever, with four of the past five champions competing along with the cream of Australian senior golf and several top level visitors from New Zealand. As always the organisation was at the highest possible level, all three courses were in beautiful condition and the hospitatility of the club warm and generous.

There will certainly be a high demand for a position in this event next year as it continues to grown in status on the senior amateur circuit.

Progressive Leaderboard with hole-by-hole.

More information here - 2015 The National Masters Championship.

Final Leading Scores:

221 John Wheeler VIC 70 74 77
224 Ian Frost VIC 71 75 78, Simon Bracegirdle NSW 74 75 75
      Barry Tippett VIC 71 71 82
226 Gregory Rhodes VIC 73 74 79, 226 Ian McPherson 74 77 75
227 Russell Simmons VIC 75 73 79, Steve Toyne QLD 73 75 79
229 John Rademakers NZ 71 76 82, Sal Ballard NSW 78 73 78
230 Paul Maslen NSW 71 76 83, Gordon Claney VIC 76 75 79
      Tom Harold NT 78 73 79
231 Michael Barltrop NZ 71 77 83

  Upcoming Senior Events  

The National
NSW Senior Classic
The Lakes, The Australian, Avondale Golf Clubs - April 20-22, 2015
Entry forms are now available. Make sure you complete the YES/NO box if you are entering all three days.
This is another very popular event with a ballot likely - don't be late with your entry form. More information available here 2015 NSW Senior Classic

Cobram-Barooga Seniors
Cobram-Barooga Golf Club - May 4-7, 2015
This is the 11th running of this very popular event for senior golfers.
Download the entry form here - Golf Victoria Web Site.

The Gold Coast Senior Open will now be held from Wednesday July 22 to Friday July 24. Three great courses will be used - Royal Pines, The Glades and Hope Island. The 2015 Queensland Senior Amateur Championship will follow at Southport Golf Club from July 27-29.

  Everyone Welcome on the 2015 China Tour  

China Tour
I have just completed all arrangements for a 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).

Our holiday starts Saturday October 17 and it is a non-golfing tour of China. 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 now 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. 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 and have already booked our airline tickets and confirmed our place on the tour.

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

  Big Win for GA Seniors over the ADFGA  

Each year, a Golf Australia Senior Team contests a match against the Australian Defence Forces team. The event is played over two days, with foursomes and four-ball matches on day one, and singles matches on day two. The event was first played in 2007 and this year the event was again generously hosted by The National Golf Club.

Report from Tony Kennings:

The 2015 Golf Australia Senior Team has recorded a very convincing win over the ADFGA team. After winning both the foursomes and fourball matches on Monday by 4 matches to 2 they entered the all important individual matches with an 8-4 lead.

For the final day the weather was again a major factor with very strong and cold winds making it a very difficult day for all players. The course was presented in the immaculate manner we see each and every visit and the hospitality was above and beyond.

The singles saw another great result for the GA team winning 8 of the 12 matches. This gave the GA team a commanding 16-8 winning margin.

The younger Defence Forces team is always a strong one and this is the first win for the Golf Australia team in four years.

This event is a must do for those who get the opportunity to play, the ADF guys are a great bunch of our finest Aussies and we are indeed fortunate to spend some time with them.

Congratulations to the GA team although the final score of 16 matches to 8 was no indication of the closeness of the matches.

Individual Results:
Greg Rhodes lost to Chris Sarquis 2/1
Trevor Huges lost to Andrei Azergailis 2/1
Mike Peek lost to Tony Greenwood 2/1
Mick Asami def Rod Smylie 2/1
Steve Toyne lost to Kim Johansen 3/2
John Banting def Kurte Lampe 3/1
Norm Cordina def Dave Salerman 5/4
Tom Harold def Joel Standring 5/3
Daryl Hearsch def Todd Wareing 3/2
Tony Kennings def Andrew Adams 5/4
Chris Gordon def Lewis Coyle 3/1
Ken Brown def Matt Klohs 3/1

Morning Fourball:
Chris Gordon & Darryl Hearsch W 2&1
Tony Kennings & Tom Harold SQ
Steve Toyne & Mike Peeck W 2&1
Ken Brown & Norm Cordina L 1 down
Mick Asami & Greg Rhodes W 3&2
Trevor Hughes & John Banting SQ

Afternoon Foursomes:
Ken Brown & Mike Peeck W 1up
Darryl Hearsch & Tom Harold W 3&2
Tony Kennings & John Banting W 7&6
Norm Cordina & Chris Gordon W 5&4
Steve Toyne & Mick Asami L 1 down
Greg Rhodes & Trevor Hughes L 5&4

More details available here 2015 Golf Australia vs ADFGA.

Chris Gordon
Chris Gordon NSW
Trevor Hughes WA
Trevor Hughes WA
John Banting WA
John Banting WA
Norm Cordina SA
Norm Cordina SA
Ken Brown SA
Ken Brown SA
Greg Rhodes VIC
Greg Rhodes VIC
Mick Asami VIC
Mick Asami VIC
Tony Kennings NSW
Tony Kennings NSW
Darryl Hearsch NSW
Darryl Hearsch NSW
Steve Toyne QLD
Steve Toyne QLD
Mike Peeck QLD
Mike Peeck QLD
Tom Harold NT
Tom Harold NT

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