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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

2015 Champion
Martin Holman wins the 2015 New Zealand Senior Amateur Championship at Nelson Golf Club

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2015 Golf Australia vs ADFGA
March 23-24, 2015
The National Golf Club, VIC

2015 The National Senior Masters
April 14-16, 2015
The National Golf Club, VIC

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


 1  Gordon Claney VIC 114.94  9 
 2  Stefan Albinski     NSW 102.05  7 
 3  Barry Tippett VIC 98.64  6 
 4  Roy Vandersluis NSW 86.12  7 
 5  Vince Clark NSW 81.15  8 
 6  Sal Ballard NSW 77.73  8 
 7  Steve Toyne QLD 77.56  9 
 8  Ian McPherson WA 76.61  6 
 9  Michael Barltrop NZ 75.79  5 
10  John Banting WA 72.44  8 
11  Mick Asami VIC 72.38  7 
12  Colin Hallam QLD 67.35  7 
13  Brian Sams NSW 66.57  5 
14  Denis Dale NSW 66.12  7 
15  Ian Frost VIC 62.71  5 
16  Michael Peeck QLD 60.16  7 
17  Greg Rhodes VIC 56.86  4 
18  Alan Bullas VIC 56.26  8 
19  Chris Gordon NSW 55.81  7 
20  Tom Harold NT 55.57  6 


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

 1  Roy Vandersluis NSW 86.12  7 
 2  Vince Clark NSW 81.34  8 
 3  Denis Dale NSW 66.12  7 
 4  Harry Crosby WA 33.71  3 
 5  Tony Kennings NSW 32.39  5 
 6  Tony Hyde VIC 26.65  7 
 7  Trevor Box QLD 25.43  3 
 8  Nigel Goodall WA 24.62  2 
 9  Dave Morrison QLD 24.56  3 
10  Jack Parker NSW 23.89  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  Michael Barltrop NZ 32.00  1 
 2  Garry O'Brien NSW 29.10  1 
 2  Bradley Tepper NSW 29.10  1 
 4  Glen Marr VIC 26.20  1 
 5  Trevor Beale NSW 23.40  1 
 5  Bernard Bickerton VIC 23.40  1 
 7  Chris Winslade NSW 21.80  1 
 8  Norm Cordina SA 21.20  1 
 8  John Keller VIC 21.20  1 
10  Vince Clark NSW 20.10  1 
10  Kevin O'Brien ACT 20.10  1 

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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  Big Win for GA Seniors  

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

  Newcomer Martin Minogue Wins WA Seniors  

Martin Minogue Newcomer Martin Minogue (right) has won a very exciting 2015 West Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Royal Fremantle Golf Club.

A member at the Lakelands club Minogue was playing in his first WA senior title although he did finish in eighth place in the 2014 Australian Senior Amateur Championship played at Mandurah GC. Minogue started a stroke behind overnight leader Trevor Hughes (left), and in equal second place with Barrry Tippett (right), the trio were grouped together and had a very eventful final round in quite difficult conditions.

Trevor Hughes Hughes began the day with two holes he would love to forget - a quadruple bogey 8 on the first followed by a triple bogey 8 on the second. A front nine of 46 was followed by an even par 36 on the final nine to finish with a round of 82. The horrendous start had put paid to his chances and he did well to finish in third place with rounds of 75-75-82=232.

In a dramatic contrast both Minogue and Tippett played the first nine very well. Minogue was under par until the eighth where he had a triple bogey on the par three hole to turn in 38, the same score as Tippett who fought back from an opening double bogey.

Barry TippettThe tense battle between these two continued and they remained all square standing on the fifteenth tee. Tippett then bogied and Minogue moved one ahead. He was two ahead when Tippett then bogied sixteen. On the seventeenth Minogue slipped with a double bogey and Tippettt picked one back. Minogue now led led by a single stroke playing the final hole.

When both players parred the par five eighteenth the title belonged to Minogue and Tippett had to be satisfied with another major placing in an Australian Senior Ranking event. This second place, and the ranking points earned, now moved Tippett into third place on the national ranking table.

West Australians Ian McPherson (below bottom) and Michael Dunsmore made up the top five.

Leading Final Scores:

229   Martin MINOGUE 77-74-78 WA
230   Barry TIPPETT 78-73-79 VIC
232   Trevor HUGHES 75-75-82 WA
235   Michael DUNSMORE  77-81-77 WA, Ian MCPHERSON  78-79-78 WA
236   John WALLACE 76-82-78 WA
237   Nigel GOODALL  80-78-79 WA, John WANLESS  82-75-80 WA
237   Brendan CURTIN 76-78-83 WA
238   Neville DELANE 81-78-79 WA, Colin HALLAM 81-78-79 QLD
239   Stefan ALBINSKI  84-75-80 NSW, Peter JACK  77-81-81 GBR
240   John BANTING 74-82-84 WA
241   Harry CROSBY  77-82-82 WA, Brian SAMS  80-78-83 NSW
241   Chris CAREY 78-79-84 WA
243   Malcolm ROBERTS 82-77-84 WA
244   Tom SALVARINOV 81-75-88 WA
245   Neil RIGBY 83-82-80 WA, Michael DUFFY 80-83-82 WA
245   Robin DYBECK 82-77-86 WA
246   Norm BURD 76-84-86 WA
247   Michael ROBINSON 77-84-86 WA
248   John GAMSBY 85-80-83 WA, William CLAYTON 85-79-84 WA

More details here: 2015 West Australian Senior Championship

  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

  Nigel Goodall Wins 2015 Lake Karrinyup Seniors  

Nigel Goodall The defending champion Nigel Goodall (left) has won the 2015 Lake Karrinyup Senior Classic.

A local member Goodall had led after the first round with a score of 73 and then followed up with a very steady round of 74. His 147 total gave him a two stroke margin over West Australian John Banting (77-72=149) and Victorian Barry Tippett (74-75=149). Goodall has now won two Australian Senior Ranking events and both have been the Lake Karrinyup Senior Classic. He will be a player to beat in the West Australian Senior Amateur starting on Wednesday at Royal Fremantle Golf Club.

Tied for equal fourth place were a trio of West Australians, Neville Delane (79-72=151), Ian McPherson (77-74=151) and Trevor Hughes (77-74=151).

The second place points earned by Barry Tippett have seen him move up the overall Australian Senior Rankings table and he is now in fourth place. Ian McPherson also moved back up the ladder and he is ranked number six. John Banting's second place cemented his place inside the Top 10.

Leading 36 Hole Scores:

147    Nigel GOODALL    73  -  74    WA
149    John BANTING    77  -  72    WA, Barry TIPPETT    74  -  75    VIC
151    Neville DELANE    79  -  72    WA, Ian MCPHERSON    77  -  74    WA, Trevor HUGHES    77  -  74    WA
152    Craig MORRISON    77  -  75    WA, Colin HALLAM    74  -  78    QLD, John WALLACE    74  -  78    WA
155    Brendan CURTIN    78  -  77    WA, Brian SAMS    76  -  79    NSW
156    Malcolm ROBERTS    81  -  75    WA, Barry SQUIRES    79  -  77    WA
157    Robin DYBECK    83  -  74    WA, John HANLY    81  -  76    WA, Chris CAREY    77  -  80    WA
157    Bob GAMSBY    75  -  82    WA
158    John NTOUMENOPOULOS    80  -  78    WA, Harry CROSBY    80  -  78    WA
159    John WANLESS    82  -  77    WA, Robert BEAVIS    80  -  79    WA

More details here: 2015 Lake Karrinyup Senior Classic

  Upcoming Senior Events  

The National
The National Senior Masters (pictured above)
The National Golf Club - April 14-16, 2015
Entry is now open. This is a very popular event so make sure you do not miss the closing date April 1, 2015. More information and entry forms here 2015 The National Senior Masters

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.

  Victorian Greg Rhodes Wins 2015 NSW Seniors  

Greg Rhodes Coomealla and Victorian golfer Greg Rhodes has completed a dominant performance in winning the 2015 NSW Senior Amateur Championship by eight strokes. Rhodes (pictured right) had the impressive record of leading all the way by posting the best score every day - a rare feat in a major championship. With rounds of 68-64-70=202 his six under par total is believed to be a record. Senior golf has welcomed another golfing star and looks forward to him continuing with more wins in upcoming tournaments.

In second place was local Duntry League member Robert Payne (below right) who played consistently well for rounds of 71-69-72=210 but the magic putter was not in his bag this week. Payne did mount an early challenge with two birdies cutting the lead to three at the turn. However it was Rhodes who maintained his composure to finish the round with an even-par 70 and claim the J.R.Higson Trophy by eight strokes.

Third place was shared by strong NSW senior Mark Pearson (70-72-73=215) and newcomer Warren Gorton (68-72-75=215). Both are new to senior golf and are sure to figure in the finish of the events they play in coming months.

NSW senior and regular competitor for many years Robert Lewis completed a very good week with a win in the 54-hole Handicap Championship. From his handicap of 8 Lewis had rounds of 66-69-72=207 to defeat fellow NSW senior and 7-marker Steve Musgrave (65-70-72=207) on a countback.

Robert PayneThe teams from Duntryleague Golf Club and Orange Ex Services Country Golf Club did a fantastic job co-hosting the event and special thanks goes to all the volunteers who assisted throughout the event.

Congratulations to all the winners (listed below) and to all who took part in this year’s event.

Nett Winner: Robert Lewis (Windsor GC) 207 C/B
Nett Runner Up: Stephen Musgrave (Kogarah GC) 207
Nett Third: Stephen Hall (Concord GC) 209

Division 1 (55-59 years): Warren Gorton (Hawks Nest GC) 215
Division 2 (60-64 years): Stefan Albinski (Mona Vale GC) 218
Division 3 (65-69 years): Roy Vandersluis (The Lakes GC) 224
Division 4 (70 years & over): Jack Parker (Wyong GC) 225

Leading Scores:

202 Gregory RHODES 68-64-70 VIC
210 Robert PAYNE 71-67-72 NSW
215 Mark PEARSON 70-72-73 NSW, Warren GORTON 68-72-75 NSW
218 Stefan ALBINSKI 75-66-77 NSW
219 Gordon CLANEY 77-68-74 VIC
220 John MCFARLANE 76-70-74 NSW, Gary BATMAN 75-66-79 NSW
221 Stephen HALL 75-70-76 NSW
222 Sal BALLARD 75-72-75 NSW
223 John OSBORN 78-72-73 NSW, Ross BOCKMAN 73-69-81 NSW
224 Roy VANDERSLUIS 72-74-78 NSW
225 Terry SMALL 82-70-73 NSW, Jack PARKER 74-76-75 NSW
226 Rex SUCKLING 79-72-75 NSW, Graeme HOWLAND 75-75-76 NSW
226 Samuel CHRISTIE 76-73-77 QLD, Laurie CUPPLES 77-71-78 NSW
226 Thomas HAROLD 74-72-80 NT
227 Dennis SCHULTZ 77-76-74 NSW, Wayne CARPENTER 72-77-78 NSW
227 Tony KENNINGS 77-71-79 NSW, Dale TAPPER 75-69-83 NSW
228 Greg STANFORD 79-73-76 NSW, Mick ASAMI 74-77-77 VIC
228 Stephen MUSGRAVE 72-77-79 NSW, Paul MASLEN 75-74-79 NSW

More details here: 2015 NSW Senior Amateur Championship

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