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2015 Champion
Ian Frost wins the 2015 Queensland Senior Amateur Championship at Southport Golf Club

2015 Champion
Frank Borren wins the 2015 Gold Coast Senior Classic at Royal Pines, The Glades, Hope Island GCs

2015 Champion
New Zealand wins the 2015 Sanctuary Cove Trophy at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club

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

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2015 Kooyonga/Grange Senior Classic
September 3-4, 2015
Kooyonga, Grange GCs, SA

2015 Queensland Senior Amateur Championship
September 7-9, 2015
Links Lady Bay GC, SA

2015 Australian Senior Amateur Championship
Sep 29-Oct 1, 2015
Manly GC, NSW

State Senior Orders of Merit





all tables show points after


 1  Gordon Claney VIC 108.05  6 
 2  Barry Tippett VIC 104.12  7 
 3  Ian McPherson WA 94.32  6 
 4  Sal Ballard NSW 93.26  7 
 5  Stefan Albinski     NSW 91.03  7 
 6  Michael Barltrop NZ 90.86  6 
 7  Ian Frost VIC 87.86  7 
 8  Greg Rhodes VIC 87.71  5 
 9  Vince Clark NSW 83.67  7 
10  Steve Toyne QLD 74.99  10 
11  John Banting WA 67.40  7 
12  Colin Hallam QLD 65.39  7 
13  Tom Harold NT 62.05  6 
14  Trevor Hughes WA 60.62  4 
15  David Limbach NSW 59.07  6 
16  Mick Streit VIC 51.38  8 
17  John Wheeler VIC 55.39  6 
18  Chris Gordon NSW 53.19  7 
19  Roy Vandersluis NSW 48.94  5 
20  Martin Minogue WA 48.86  3 


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 83.67  7 
 2  Roy Vandersluis NSW 48.94  5 
 3  Denis Dale NSW 44.60  5 
 4  Harry Crosby WA 40.29  4 
 5  Trevor Box QLD 34.93  3 
 6  Tony Kennings NSW 34.68  5 
 7  Nigel Goodall WA 24.62  2 
 8  Graham Bowen WA 19.93  3 
 9  Dave Morrison QLD 19.12  4 
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  Darryl Hearsch NSW 77.83  5 
 2  Barry Tippett VIC 70.83  5 
 3  Tom Harold NT 67.41  5 
 4  Steve Toyne QLD 55.17  5 
 5  Michael Barltrop NZ 46.60  2 
 6  Col Hallam QLD 46.07  4 
 7  Sal Ballard NSW 45.55  4 
 8  Stefan Albinski NSW 44.81  4 
 9  Vince Clark NSW 41.94  3 
10  Garry O'Brien NSW 41.07  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.  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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  Golfing in South Australia  

Well known South Australian senior Ken Brown has sent the following information on the two Australian Senior Ranking events to be played in his home state during September. The three courses are some of Australia's best and this would definitely be perefect preprartion for the Australian Seniors to be played at Manly Golf Club at the end of September.


"Early September sees two national ranking events being played in South Australia. Firstly the secondary event over 36 holes is to be played at Grange East on Thursday 3rd September then the following day at Kooyonga. This is the first time Kooyonga has been used for a national senior event and I am sure all visitors will love the challenge. Both courses are world class venues and will be turned out in the great condition they always are.

We then move on to Links Lady Bay Golf Club at Normanville some 70 kms south of Adelaide on the edge of Gulf St Vincent for the South Australian Senior Amateur Championship over 54 holes from 7th to 9th September. The course is a terriffic layout with a variety of challenging holes that will prove a good test of shot making under what will no doubt be breezy conditions. It blows fairly well in SA in September as has been evidenced the past couple of years. The course will be set up to reflect the conditions and provide a fair test for senior golf.

There is ample quality accommodation available in the area with a large number of modern self contained villas within walking distance of the club house which has views over the course and then out over the gulf. Normanville also has a good caravan park and there are a good selection of quality eateries in the area.

Links Lady Bay Your South Australian friends look forward to a good roll up of seniors to SA's premier senior event. This is not to forget all those good wineries in McLaren Vale that can be visited on the way down from Adelaide."

More information on each event available here:

2015 Kooyonga/Grange Senior Open

2015 South Australian Senior Amateur Championship

  Ian Frost Wins Queensland Senior Amateur  

Ian Frost Victorian senior Ian Frost (pictured left) has emerged as a clear winner in the 2015 Queensland Senior Amateur Championship played on a very well presented Southport golf club. In an exciting finish it was not until the final few holes that Frost established his clear winning margin in finishing five strokes clear of Queenslander Sam Christie and overnight leader Barry Shannon (New Zealand).

Early in the front nine Queenslander Peter Hannah moved into the lead and held top spot until double bogies on twelve and thirteen saw him passed by Frost. Standing on the fifteenth tee Frost held a one stroke advantage over both Hannah and Shannon and two strokes over Christie. The championship was still up for the taking with just a few holes remaining.

The pressure was on and it was Frost who handled the situation the best. His run of four straight closing pars saw him eventually win by five strokes over Shannon and Christie who tied for second place. Hannah finished fourth and evergreen Redcliffe senior Col Hallam was his usual consistent self in finishing in a tie for fifth with Greg Duguid and Darryl Hearsch.

This is the first Australian Senior Ranking event victory for Frost but it will certainly not be his last. A strong hitting senior Frost is looking to play more senior events and will be one of the favourites for the two South Australian events to be played in early September and the Australian Senior Amateur Championship that follows later in the same month.

Barry Shannon had a successful tournament and goes back to Wanganui, New Zealand with second place in a major Australian tournament. Sam Christie has won several major titles already including an Australian Senior Championship and a NSW Senior Championship and it is pleasing to see him back playing in senior events.

The Southport course is a perfect venue for a senior tournament as it relies more on accuracy and strategic play then sheer power and once again it was praised by the large field that competed.

Local Southport member Ray Geary had the winning net score with a 54-hole total of 214 from his handicap of seven. He defeated Darry Hearsch (221 from handicap 4) and Barry Shannon (222 from handicap 3).

Final Scores
226  Ian FROST  73 - 79 - 74   VIC  
231  Sam CHRISTIE  77 - 77 - 77   QLD, Barry SHANNON  76 - 75 - 80   NZ  
232  Peter HANNAH  75 - 78 - 79   QLD  
233  Colin HALLAM  78 - 79 - 76   QLD, Greg DUGUID  77 - 78 - 78   QLD  
233  Darryl HEARSCH  72 - 80 - 81   NSW  
235  Terry SMALL  80 - 78 - 77   NSW  
236  Ray GEARY  77 - 81 - 78   QLD  
237  Mark HEENAN  81 - 78 - 78   QLD, Darryl STUCKEY  73 - 83 - 81   ACT  
238  Mario LA CHIUSA  73 - 82 - 83   QLD, Brian KESBY  72 - 81 - 85   QLD  
240  Trevor BOX  79 - 82 - 79   QLD, Lindsay ELLIOTT  82 - 77 - 81   SA  
240  Tim DEAKIN  77 - 81 - 82   QLD  
241  Bill WELLINGTON  77 - 79 - 85   TAS, Phillip TOWLE  74 - 81 - 86  QLD
242  Jonathon RUSSELL  83 - 81 - 78   QLD, Alan BULLAS  79 - 82 - 81   VIC
242  Lindsay BROWN 79 - 80 - 83   QLD

More details and all scores here: 2015 Queensland Senior Amateur Championship

  Kiwi Visitor Frank Borren wins at Gold Coast  

The 2015 Gold Coast Senior Classic concluded today with the final eighteen holes played at Links Hope Island Golf Club. The opening round was played at RACV Royal Pines and the second round at The Glades.

GC Winners The winner of the major trophy was leading Kiwi senior Frank Borren pictured centre with Rodney Barltrop left and Gold Coast Senior Classic organiser Dave Morrison right.

Borren had held a one stroke lead after opening rounds of 74-71 and played the championship level Links Hope Island course like the experienced campaigner he is to return an excellent final round of 73. He defeated fellow Kiwi Michael Barltrop by three shots. Borren has played quite a few times in Australia and it was pleasing to see this very good player break through for a win in Australia.

In finishing second it was yet another high placing in an Australian Senior Ranking event for Michael Barltrop. He is a regular traveller to Australia enjoying the challenge of top quality competition played on top quality courses. His continued success sees him placed inside the top three on the current Australian Senior Ranking table.

Third place went to Rodney Barltrop with scores of 68-78-80=226. Barltrop was also the leading Over 65 player and his successful tournament included the best round of the tournament with his opening score of 68 (four under par and equalling his age) at RACV Royal Pines.

It was another very successful Gold Coast Senior Classic highlighted by the three great courses selected for this year's tournament and also the welcome participation of many of New Zealand's best senior golfers.

Final Scores
218 BORREN FRANK 74 - 71 - 73
221 BARLTROP MICHAEL 72 - 74 - 75
226 BARLTROP R M 68 - 78 - 80
230 HANNAH PETER 74 - 79 - 77
232 QUAGLIATA SAM 73 - 81 - 78
233 HALLAM COLIN 77 - 80 - 76, BARBER GARRY 74 - 80 - 79
234 PEECK MIKE 78 - 81 - 75, LA CHIUSA MARIO 79 - 74 - 81
      MARTIN MURRAY 75 - 78 - 81
235 BROWN LINDSAY 79 - 77 - 79, FROST IAN 76 - 78 - 81
      TOYNE STEVE 76 - 78 - 81
236 HEARSCH DARRYL 79 - 79 - 78, MACRAE PETER 73 - 82 - 81
238 SPILLANE GEORGE 77 - 81 - 80, TREEN TONY 80 - 77 - 81
240 BOX TREVOR 80 - 80 - 80, DEAKIN TIMOTHY 76 - 84 - 80

More details and all scores here: 2015 Gold Coast Senior Classic

  Greg Rhodes on Fire at Coomealla  

The following post on the AUSOOM FORUM makes for interesting reading - thanks to Lostball for the post.

After his stellar performance as a "virgin" member of the Australian team on the Gold Coast last week, Greg Rhodes has returned to his home track of Coomealla, just outside of Mildura, to compete in the annual Coomealla Senior Open.

Greg RhodesThis event is a three rounder and forms part of the Vic Senior calendar each year. His two rounds on Monday and Tuesday of 67 - 68 against a par of 72 must rank as the most impressive ever recorded in a senior amateur tournament anywhere in the country. And just in case you were thinking the course is a "dolly" think again. Apart from Greg's scores, there have only been 5 sub 80 rounds recorded by the field of 60 competitors to date.

Coomealla must rank as one of the most challenging tracks in regional Australia with its large, fast, undulating greens and long testing, tree lined fairways. In fact I'd say it would make an excellent venue for an Australian Senior Championship some time in the future.

PS: The final round was a bit of an anti-climax. An even par round of 72 by Greg left him at 9 under for the event which was good enough to take the title by 28 shots!!! Amazing.

Read the full post here: Greg Rhodes wins at Coomealla

  New Zealand wins the Sanctuary Cove Trophy  

The 2015 Sanctuary Cove Trophy played on The Pines course at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club concluded today with the twelve individual matches that followed the foursomes and fourballs that had been played the previous day.

In bitterly cold conditions and a strong, gusty wind blowing it was a tough day for all the players, caddies and spectators.

Despite the determined Australian team taking a two match lead into the final day it was the talented and experienced New Zealand Seniors that once again defeated the Australian Seniors by 13 to 11 points.

The Kiwis have now won six of the nine annual contests and are justifiably looking like a dominant team.

This year's result was a very close one with just a single game the difference. A full match report follows.

The Foursomes

The Sanctuary Cove Trophy traditionally begins with the Foursomes and although the weather was cooler than expected in sunny Queensland it was otherwise a perfect day for beginning the tournament at the highly rated Pines course at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club.

The opening match of the tournament saw Stefan Albinski and Mick Streit lead off for the Aussie team against Kiwi veteran Rodney Barltrop and his partner Frank Borren. The Australians led early but then could do nothing but watch on as the Kiwis holed a series of good putts to take the lead towards the end of the match. First points to New Zealand with a 2&1 win.

The second match saw Queenslander newcomer Steve Toyne partnered with NSW senior Vince Clark against the visiting pairing of Mike Leitch and Robbie Bell. The Australian team played very well and with some fine shot making and precision putting they soon opened an early lead and held on well to record a comfortable 3&2 win.

Victorian pair Barry Tippett and Ian Frost play together often and know each other's games well and used this knowledge to combine perfectly in their match against the Kiwi pairing of John Sanders and Arthur Parkin. With a long string of pars the determined Australians were always in front to record a 4&3 winning margin.

Next up was the newcomer from Victoria Greg Rhodes playing alongside NSW senior Sal Ballard. Their Kiwi opponents Andrew McKechnie and Murray Martin were perhaps the Kiwis best two players and a high quality game was anticipated. The Australians played some good early golf but then a few wayward holes gave the reliable Kiwis a clear lead and they closed out the match when Murray Martin holed out from off the green on the sixteenth hole. The 3&2 win gave the New Zealand team a valuable point.

NSW senior Roy Vandersluis was a late replacement for West Australian Ian McPherson who unfortunately had to withdraw with a back problem. Paired with Darwin player Tom Harold this team were up against Michael Barltrop and Reg Fleet representing the New Zealanders. The Aussies trailed early and although they were never in front they kept fighting back and managed to be just a single hole behind standing on the eighteenth tee. An exciting hole followed with Vandersluis playing a brilliant long bunker shot across the green towards the lake that saw the Aussies square the match and earn a much needed half point.

The final Foursomes match saw the West Australian pairing of John Banting and Trevor Hughes up against the New Zealand team of John Batley and Tony Treen. The Kiwis were dominant early and were three holes in front entering the final nine. The Australian pair then lifted and with some great iron play and precise putting drew level only to again lose the lead again with just the last hole to play. The eighteenth hole proved to be a good one for another Australian pair as Trevor Hughes played a beautiful long range pitch under heavy pressure to the tightest of pins to win the hole and square the match.

When the dust had settled and the players adjourned for lunch the teams were locked together with three points each. A nice barbecue lunch and then back again this afternoon for the Fourball matches.

The Fourballs

Foursomes golf is always stressful and generally the Fourball format is a little easier and often produces high quality golf with birdies needed to win a hole. Both teams were looking to use the Fourball format to establish a lead going into tomorrow’s singles matches.

First off for the Australians were Barry Tippet and Ian Frost looking for their second win. Their opponents were Murray Martin and Mike Leitch and both teams started very well to square the opening holes. Thereafter it was a very tense struggle with the match not decided until the final green when Barry Tippett holed a tricky two metre putt to claim the first afternoon point for Australia.

The Albinski and Streit pair were up against a tough team in Andrew McKechnie and Robbie Bell. The Australian’s opened with an Albinski birdie and they managed to hold onto this slender lead as they moved into the back nine. Beautiful birdies by Streit then increased the home team’s lead and when they parred the seventeenth they had recorded a 2&1 win and another full point for the Aussies.

The third match gave the Kiwis their first point with Michael Barltrop and Frank Borren playing great fourball golf to comfortably defeat the Australian pair of Steve Toyne and Vince Clark with a 5&3 win.

Tom Harold and Roy Vandersluis faced up to the experienced Kiwi’s Rodney Barltrop and John Batley. In another close match the New Zealand team held a slender advantage throughout the match and when the players reached the final hole it was all square. Harold played the very tough closing hole beautifully and when he made a great up and down for a par it was one more valuable point for the Australian team.

The second last match saw the strong Australian pair of Sal Ballard and Greg Rhodes playing another strong NZ pair in Tony Treen and John Batley. It was a tense battle and as darkness quickly moved in it was a great Ballard two putt from 25 metres across the green and over a sloping ridge that saw the Aussies square the match and a point with the Kiwis.

The last fourball match saw the West Australian team of Trevor Hughes and John Banting begin with some wonderful golf and they had soon opened a four-hole lead against Reg Fleet and Arthur Parkin. Then the Kiwis started a comeback that saw them square the match with one hole remaining. In very dark conditions it came down to the final putts but all edged past the hole and it was half a point to each team.

The Fourballs had been a great result for the Australian team who had only lost one match. Their four points to the New Zealanders two gave them a two point advantage heading into the all important singles matches to be played the following day. Perhaps this would be the year the Australians reclaimed the sanctuary Cove Trophy.

The Singles

Singles morning arrived and the nervous golfers awoke to find weather that was quite unbelievable. Sanctuary Cove residents and professional staff commented that no one had ever seen conditions as cold and bleak and windy as this. It was a very difficult day for golf – perhaps it would favour the Kiwis a little but they certainly would not play in these conditions very often.

Greg Rhodes was the first Australian and he was matched with evergreen New Zealander Mike Leitch. The match was very tight for the opening seven holes but then Rhodes played outstanding golf and his impressive driving and accurate iron play gave him a 5&3 win. The first point was Australia’s and now only needed four and a half additional points to reclaim the Sanctuary Cove Trophy.

Match two saw Sal Ballard up against New Zealander Arthur Parkin. Ballard led early and looked likely to win until Parkin produced some quality shots to square the match standing on the seventeenth tee. Unfortunately Ballard’s drive found the water and Parkin played safely for a par and a one up lead heading down eighteen. Ballard drove well but Parkin’s ball just scraped over the water hazard. Both players then missed the green with Parkin again very fortunate to finish just a metre from the green side lake. He then amazed everyone by holing his difficult pItch to win the hole and gain a full point for New Zealand.

Roy Vandersluis was up against Kiwi newcomer Reg fleet and the pair battled in an exciting match with only one hole in it for most of the day. It was Fleet who edged ahead over the final holes to take out this match on the seventeenth. It had been a close one but it was another point for the visitors.

Two ageless stars from each team faced each other in the next match – Vince Clark for Australia and Rodney Barltrop for New Zealand. Clark played beautifully from tee to green and had many chances to establish a big lead but could do nothing but watch as all of his putts failed to find the hole. Barltrop hung on and when he held a couple of tricky putts late in the day he too had won his match on the seventeenth hole.

Australia's John Banting was up against one of the Kiwis best matchplay golfers in Robbie Bell. It was a very tight match with both players fighting back when the other looked likely to move clear. Banting was two down playing seventeen but with the pressure on he played perfect golf on the closing holes to win them both and snatch a valuable half point for the home team.

Ian Frost was in search of his third win for the tournament when he faced up to classy Kiwi John Batley. During this tournament Frost demonstrated that he handles the pressure very well and in a most impressive debut at this level finished the week with a perfect record. Well done to Ian Frost and his 2&1 win meant another point for the Aussies who now needed just three more points from the remaining seven matches.

New Zealander John Sanders has a great individual record in the Sanctuary Cove Trophy and he kept this record intact with a wonderful display of golf in the very difficult conditions. He did not drop a shot and was under par in defeating Trevor Hughes who could only watch on as Sanders recorded a comfortable win.

Queenslander Steve Toyne had played and beaten Kiwi star Michael Barltrop a few weeks earlier in the Australian Senior Amateur Matchplay Championship and the pair were again doing battle. Toyne trailed early but then rallied to take the lead and was two holes ahead with two to play. An unexpected three putt on seventeen gave the hole to Barltrop and a very clever pitch on the last then gave Barltrop a squared match. Half a point to each country.

Mick Streit was two down early in his match against quality New Zealander Tony Treen and although he fought on well the match remained that way for the rest of the day with Treen yet another Kiwi to win on the second last hole. It was now becoming difficult for Australia to find the extra points they needed to win back the trophy.

Australia’s Barry Tippett had recorded two wins in the foursomes and fourballs but would face the very tough competitor Frank Borren from New Zealand in his quest to remain undefeated. Tippett played well but Borren played his usual rock solid golf over the opening nine to lead and then putted superbly to increase this lead and eventually win the match 3&2.

Australia now needed to win both the remaining matches to reclaim the trophy. The first ever representative from the Northern Territory, Tom Harold, was up against the very best of the New Zealanders in long-hitting Andy McKechnie. The Kiwi got off to great start and opened up a four hole lead. Harold kept trying and reduced this to two holes on the seventeenth tee. Both played the hole well but when McKechnie halved the hole and won the match the trophy was heading back across the ditch once again.

Australia’s well-known senior star Stefan Albinski was up against another super star in New Zealander Murray Martin. Both players have won both the Australian and New Zealand Senior Amateur Championship in their careers. It was a head-to-head battle between great competitors with Albinski leading into the back nine before Martin drew square heading down the fifteenth. Played into the teeth of a very strong wind Albinski hit a driver and then another one from the fairway to just three metres from the hole. His birdie putt dropped in and he was one up and went on to win the number one match 3&1.

Australia had gone very close but just failed to take charge over the closing holes that often make the difference between winning and losing. There was only one match in it with the Kiwis winning by 13 points to 11. The Kiwis celebrated while the Aussies congratulated them and quietly pondered their missed putt and bad bounces.

The Sanctuary Cove Golf club had once again produced another great event and were warmly thanked by all the players and officials during the presentation ceremony that followed. Thanks and recognition was also given to Golf Australia who had provided funding for the event for the first time and this was acknowledged and appreciated by golfers from both countries.

Next year the challenge will continue with the event to be played at the Royal Wellington Golf Club in New Zealand in the middle of February. Immediately preceding the Sanctuary Cove Trophy will be the New Zealand Senior Amateur Championship at the nearby Paraparaumu Golf Club.

Australia will once again work hard to select a top quality team for the tenth playing of the Sanctuary Cove Trophy. The 2015 captain Tony Kennings will again lead the team and has already begun his planning to produce a winning result and a chance to hold the trophy high and bring it back to Australia. A great tournament and still the pinnacle of senior golf in both countries!

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2015 Australia vs New Zealand

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