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2014 Champion
Gordon Claney wins the 2014 Victorian Senior Amateur Championship at Rosebud Golf Club

2014 Champion
Gordon Claney wins the 2014 Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Mandurah Golf Club

2014 Champion
John Banting wins the 2014 South Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Fleurieu Golf Club

2014 Champion
Barry Tippett wins the 2014 Grange Senior Open at Grange East Golf Club

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2014 Australian Senior Matchplay Championship
October 27-29, 2014
Coolangatta Tweed Heads GC, QLD


2014 ACT Senior Amateur Championship
November 11-13, 2014
Golf Creek, Gungahlin Lakes, Federal GCs, ACT


2014 Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship
November 19-21, 2014
Discovery Bay GC, Hong Kong


2015 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic
January 19-21, 2015
Royal Melbourne GC, VIC







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2014 VICTORIAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

AUSTRALIAN SENIOR RANKINGS
CURRENT POINTS TABLE - TOP 20


 1  Gordon Claney VIC 104.88  8 
 2  Stefan Albinski     NSW 102.98  8 
 3  Denis Dale NSW 91.90  8 
 4  Vince Clark NSW 90.17  7 
 5  Sal Ballard NSW 88.77  7 
 6  Roy Vandersluis NSW 88.40  7 
 7  Ian McPherson WA 88.29  5 
 8  David Limbach NSW 83.30  7 
 9  Paul Maslen NSW 75.17  6 
10  Michael Barltrop NZ 67.29  5 
11  Barry Tippett VIC 62.29  5 
12  John Banting WA 61.49  6 
13  Alan Bullas VIC 60.04  8 
14  Chris Gordon NSW 57.83  9 
15  Colin Hallam QLD 56.32  6 
16  Steve Toyne QLD 56.31  5 
17  Peter King QLD 54.57  5 
18  Michael Peeck QLD 53.93  6 
19  Graham Bowen WA 53.79  7 
20  Ross Bockman NSW 53.75  4 


AUST. SENIOR 65+ RANKING
CURRENT POINTS TABLE - TOP 10

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

 1  Denis Dale NSW 90.40  8 
 2  Roy Vandersluis NSW 88.40  7 
 3  Vince Clark NSW 87.52  7 
 4  Harry Crosby WA 45.57  4 
 5  Bill Banks ACT 40.57  2 
 7  Tony Kennings NSW 38.01  4 
 6  Tony Hyde VIC 32.94  7 
 8  Graham Bowen QLD 30.46  5 
 9  Chris Coats NZ 23.11  4 
10  Les Browne NSW 22.18  4 


AUST. SENIOR NET RANKINGS
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  Paul Maslen NSW 83.20  3 
 2  Chris Gordon NSW 81.49  5 
 3  Vince Clark NSW 72.97  4 
 4  Gordon Claney VIC 61.98  4 
 5  Michael Barltrop NZ 54.88  3 
 6  Stefan Albinski NSW 54.05  5 
 7  Roy Vandersluis NSW 52.91  5 
 8  Greg Welsh VIC 52.69  3 
 9  Denis Dale NSW 52.30  4 
10  Kerry Boeham VIC 51.55  3 


2014 SENIORS
ORDER OF EVENTS
Nov 2013 - Oct 2014

  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.  Queensland Seniors
11.  Gold Coast Seniors
12.  SA Grange Senior Open
13.  South Aust. Seniors
14.  Australian Seniors
15.  Victorian Seniors

16.  Aust. Senior Matchplay

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 Sams Wins Senior Matchplay 

NSW senior Brian Sams has finally won the Australian title he has tried to win for many years. Some time ago Sams was clearly Australia's best senior golfer and over a period of several years he won eleven senior ranking events and represented Australia on many occasions. However, the Australian title he wanted always slipped away and it was perhaps a little ironic that it finally came when most (including Sams) thought his time had gone.

In a final that was full of drama Sams defeated Victorian Barry Tippett at the 19th hole. Two down playing fifteen Sams produced a marvellous birdie on the testing par three to narrow the gap to one hole. He then played two of the best greenside bunker shots ever seen to win sixteen and seventeen and take a one up lead to the final hole.

Barry Tippett was not finished and on the difficult par five played an 80 metre third to inside 30 cms for a closing birdie that returned the match to all square. Down the par five first yet again and after good drives from both players it was Tippett who leaked to the right and had the misfortune to finish "stone dead" behind a tree. He chipped out but failed to salvage a par and when Sams holed a tricky 4 footer for par the title was his.

In the play off for third West Australian John Banting proved just a little too good for Queenslander Peter King winning 2&1.

2014 Results

The 2014 Senior Matchplay Championship was a great success and congratulations belong to both to host club Coolangatta Tweed Heads and Golf Australia. The strength of the field with 14 of the Top 20 rankings taking part ensured it was a Level 5 event on the Australian Senior Ranking table. This makes it the second highest ranking event, just behind the Australian Senior Amateur Strokeplay Championship.

Adam Power and Cameron Vincent from Golf Australia ran the event superbly and after a closing luncheon and prize giving ceremony all players agreed it had been a great week for everyone.

Results of all the final day matches are below.

    MAIN DRAW                         
  8.   Barry Tippett   18.   Brian Sams  19th
11.   Peter King   13.  John Banting  2&1
    CONSOLATION MATCHES 
  3.   Vince Clark  3&2 16.  Steve Toyne  
12.   Ian Frost  4&2   7.   Sal Ballard  
10.   Col Hallam     4.  Roy Vandersluis  5&4
  9.  Alan Bullas  2&1 14.   Greg Stanford  
  1.   Gordon Claney  4&3   2.  Denis Dale  
28.   Terry Davis   27.   Dave Morrison  20th
32.   Rod Dale  3&2 23.   Rob Croker  
31.   Paul Fink  1up 21.   Tony Bailey  
25.   Trevor Box  4&3 22.   Peter Moyle  
29.   Phil Towle   19.   Dale Tapper  3&2
20.   Paul Harvey-Walker   26.   Ross Banks  1up
15.   Mike Peeck  2&1   5.  Ian McPherson  5&4
24.   Les Browne     6.   Dave Limbach  5&4
30.   Paranjit Singh  19th 17.  Tony Kennings  



More details here -2014 Australian Senior Matchplay Championship

 ACT Senior Championship 

"Just a quick reminder to those that have not entered this years ACT Seniors Championship. Entries will close on Wednesday 5th November at 9:00 p.m. Late entries will be received if time slots are still available.

Federal Golf Club The venue order has changed to Gungahlin Lakes with a one tee start at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday 11th, Gold Creek two tee start on Wednesday 12th from 9:00 a.m. and Federal (pictured left) on Thursday, 8:00 a.m. shotgun start followed by lunch and presentations.

Register on mitournament for entry. Conditions of play are available for download from act golf.com.au

Regards
Anthony Brown
President
ACT Monaro District Golf Association


More details and entry forms here -2014 ACT Senior Amateur Championship

 Gordon Claney Wins Exciting Victorian Seniors 

Current Australian Senior Amateur Champion Gordon Claney (73-73-74=220 left) has won a very exciting 2014 Victorian Senior Amateur Championship. After finishing tied with fellow Victorian Greg Rhodes after the 54 holes of the tournament Claney won the playoff with a par on the second extra hole.

Gordon Claney Newcomer to senior golf Greg Rhodes (74-74-72=220 right) played sensational golf to force his way into the playoff. He birdied holes 14, 15, 16 & 18 to post a seven over total and be the clubhouse leader. Claney had started the final round three strokes behind 36 hole leader Gary Easte (71-72-79=222) but in the space of 4 holes had moved to the lead when Easte started poorly. Standing on on the last tee at eight over and one behind, Claney hit a wonderful approach shot to three feet and then holed the birdie putt to force the playoff.

The 18th hole was the designated sudden-death playoff hole with both players, feeling a few nerves, recording bogeys. Back to the tee they went. This time Greg looked in trouble after hitting it right off the tee, however a great recovery shot saw him hit the green. Unfortunately he followed this with a three-putt that saw Claney claim the 2014 Victorian Senior Amateur with a par.

With this win Claney has cemented his position on top of the Australian senior Ranking table and is now clearly the number one senior golfer in Australia.

NSW senior Stefan Albinski (80-71-71=222) finished in equal third place with Easte and can only wonder what happened in the opening round. NSW senior Paul Maslen (76-72-77=225) finished alone in fifth place after another consistent tournament.

In the nett, Ignatius Duivenvoorden claimed this year’s title with three nett scores of 65, 68 & 71. Three solid rounds of golf from the Paul Lulofs Handicap Order of Merit leader.

This year Victoria was also host to the 2014 Interstate Senior Teams Challenge between Victoria and New South Wales. Victoria recorded a total score of 1146 to claim the win leading New South Wales by 18 shots on 1164.

The 2014 Championship made it four consecutive years at the Rosebud Country Golf Club and it will move to the country side in 2015. 119 players began on Monday for round one ranging from 77 different clubs including 17 from interstate. Talented New Zealander visitor Michael Barltrop finished in the top 10.

Sunny but windy weather persisted throughout the tournament which tested the field. 85.39 was the average gross score across the three days, with 77.51 the average nett score.

More details and all final scores here -2014 Victorian Senior Amateur Championship

FINAL SCORES:

220*   Gordon CLANEY   73 - 73 - 74   (VIC)
220   Greg RHODES   74 - 74 - 72   (VIC)
222   Stefan ALBINSKI   80 - 71 - 71   (NSW), Gary EASTE   71 - 72 - 79   (VIC)
225   Paul MASLEN   76 - 72 - 77   (NSW)
228   Mick ASAMI   79 - 76 - 73   (VIC)
229   Ken O'BRIEN   81 - 72 - 76   (VIC)
230   Sal BALLARD   77 - 78 - 75   (NSW), Ross PERCY   77 - 76 - 77   (VIC), Michael BARLTROP   76 - 76 - 78   (NZ)
232   Chris TATT   80 - 80 - 72   (VIC), Ian FROST   76 - 78 - 78   (VIC)
233   Tom HAROLD   83 - 75 - 75   (VIC)
234   Steve TOYNE   80 - 76 - 78   (QLD), Tom YATES   74 - 79 - 81   (NSW)
235   Robert BURFORD   80 - 78 - 77   (QLD), John BANTING   80 - 75 - 80   (WA), Mark BRASHER   77 - 77 - 81   (VIC)
236   Brian SAMS   85 - 77 - 74   (NSW)
237   Greg WELSH   83 - 77 - 77   (VIC), Kevin O'BRIEN   80 - 75 - 82   (VIC)
238   John WHEELER   80 - 81 - 77   (VIC), Tony BRIERS   79 - 79 - 80   (WA)
240   Michael DOUTCH   86 - 77 - 77   (VIC), Steven WALLACE   80 - 81 - 79   (VIC), Peter BENCE   78 - 79 - 83   (VIC)
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 Gordon Claney Wins Australian Senior Amateur 

Victoria’s Gordon Claney has secured the 2014 Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship held at Mandurah Country Club in Western Australia.

Claney finished at 6-over after the three rounds and led from start to finish in a two stroke victory. Claney’s 2-over final round was enough to hold off a challenge from Western Australian Trevor Hughes, whose 1-under round of 70 earned him an outright second finish at 8-over par.

It was a consistent day for Claney, who made one birdie and only dropped shots on the 14th and 16th holes. His double bogey on the 14th opened the door for Hughes, who came within two strokes of the lead with four to play, but the Victorian was able to keep the field at arms length on the final stretch to secure his victory.

It’s the first national title for Claney, mainly due to the fact he hasn’t competed in a national event in his 61 years. “I didn’t play these when I was a younger amateur because I worked and just wasn’t really good enough,” said Claney, “so this is the first national championship I’ve played in, and it’s a great feeling to win it.”

Given the uncharted territory for the Victorian, his consistent final round suggested he handled the nerves well. But Claney says he wasn’t immune to the pressure of being in the lead into the final day.

“Last night when I went to bed they kicked in, it was definitely a nervy night in bed.” “Today I made a solid start and didn’t have any problems until the 8th hole where I had to lay up short because I hit a poor drive, but otherwise I had no dramas today.” “As you get older you realise any day you play could be a disaster, so I’ve got a very fatalistic attitude to how I play golf! But my hope was to play well today and I’m glad I did.”

In the Interstate Teams event, the Western Australian team of Harry Crosby, Robin Dybeck, Trevor Hughes and Ian McPherson secured an 11 stroke victory (274) over the second placed New South Wales team. Victoria was third with Queensland in fourth and Tasmania in fifth.

Men's Senior Amateur Championship - Age group winners:
55-59 Years - Michael Barltrop NZL
60-64 Years - Ian McPherson WA
65-69 Years - Harry Crosby WA
70+ Years - Mal Roberts WA

Final Scores:

219   Gordon CLANEY   71 - 75 - 73  nbsp; VIC
221   Trevor HUGHES   74 - 77 - 70   WA
225   Dale TAPPER   74 - 77 - 74   NSW
226   Harry CROSBY   75 - 75 - 76   WA
227   Ian MCPHERSON   76 - 75 - 76   WA
229   Barry SQUIRES   78 - 76 - 75   WA
230   Michael BARLTROP   78 - 77 - 75   NZL
231   Martin MINOGUE   77 - 77 - 77   WA, Roy VANDERSLUIS   78 - 75 - 78   NSW
232   Ross BOCKMAN   81 - 75 - 76   NSW, Sal BALLARD   75 - 80 - 77   NSW
232   Colin HALLAM   77 - 78 - 77   QLD, Gary TUCKER   77 - 76 - 79   WA
233   David EDWARDS   80 - 78 - 75   NSW, Neville DELANE   74 - 76 - 83   WA, John WANLESS   74 - 76 - 83   WA
234   David BURTON   76 - 81 - 77   QLD, Steve TOYNE   75 - 81 - 78   QLD
235   John BANTING   80 - 79 - 76   WA, David LIMBACH   78 - 80 - 77   NSW, Denis DALE   76 - 76 - 83   NSW
236   Douglas WILLIAMS   81 - 79 - 76   HKG
237   Vince CLARK   77 - 80 - 80   NSW, Alan BULLAS   75 - 80 - 82   VIC

More details click here -2014 Australian Senior Amateur Championship

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