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2014 Champion
Australia wins the 2014 Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Teams Championship at Discovery Bay GC in Hong Kong

2014 Champion
Stefan Albinski wins the 2014 ACT Senior Amateur Championship at Gungahlin Lakes, Gold Creek and Federal Golf Clubs

2014 Champion
Brian Sams wins the 2014 Australian Senior Matchplay Championship at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club

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

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

State Senior Orders of Merit



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 1  Stefan Albinski     NSW 106.98  7 
 2  Gordon Claney VIC 102.67  9 
 3  Roy Vandersluis NSW 95.98  7 
 4  Sal Ballard NSW 87.35  7 
 5  John Banting WA 81.35  7 
 6  Vince Clark NSW 80.71  7 
 7  David Limbach NSW 73.68  7 
 8  Peter King QLD 73.00  6 
 9  Steve Toyne QLD 72.88  6 
10  Denis Dale NSW 72.28  8 
11  Ian McPherson WA 69.86  5 
12  Paul Maslen NSW 69.55  6 
13  Ian Frost VIC 67.76  5 
14  Michael Barltrop NZ 67.29  5 
15  Brian Sams NSW 66.20  4 
16  Barry Tippett VIC 74.29  4 
17  Colin Hallam QLD 63.75  7 
18  Michael Peeck QLD 62.36  7 
19  Mick Asami VIC 58.55  5 
20  Alan Bullas VIC 54.16  8 


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 95.98  7 
 2  Vince Clark NSW 80.93  7 
 3  Denis Dale NSW 72.28  8 
 4  Harry Crosby WA 45.57  4 
 5  Bill Banks ACT 40.57  2 
 6  Tony Kennings NSW 39.56  5 
 7  Graham Bowen QLD 32.21  5 
 8  Dave Morrison QLD 25.70  4 
 9  Trevor Box QLD 25.46  3 
10  Tony Hyde VIC 24.94  7 

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 

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.  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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  2015 Royal Melbourne  

It is one the most anticipated events of the year and 2015 will be no different with another very strong field ready to line up for the 2015 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic. Played over 54 holes using the East, West and Composite courses it will again be fascinating to see how well the field handles the testing greens of the iconic courses.

Royal Melb
It is very hard to pick a winner but among the main chances will be Victorians Gordon Claney, Ian Frost, Mick Asami, Gary Easte, Greg Rhodes, Alan Bullas, Ross Gordon and interstate and international visitors Rick Oliver (2013 winner - NSW), Arthur Kania (USA), Paul Maslen (NSW), Sam Christie (QLD), Darryl Whitehead (ACT), Steve Toyne (QLD), Mike Peeck (QLD), Michael Barltrop (NZ), Graeme Howland (NSW), Arthur Parkin (NZ), John Banting (WA), Ian McPherson (WA), Roy Vandersluis (NSW), David Limbach (NSW) and Sal Ballard (NSW).

With the maximum field set at 108 starters it meant more than 50 senior golfers did not survive the handicap ballot which this year was 4.9.

Royal Melb
More information here soon - 2015 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic

  Australian Team on Top in Asia Pacific Seniors  

Team Australia has won the 2014 Asia Pacific Senior Amateur championship. With the 4 best scores counting each day and after a most exciting final round the Australians ended up winners defeating a gallant New Zealand team by just two strokes. After entering the final round with a 12 stroke lead some great final round golf by the New Zealand team saw the Aussies just manage to hold on. There is always great rivalry between these two countries and the Aussies have now taken back the Asia Pacific Team Championship won by the Kiwis in 2013.

The individual championship was won by Japanese Shingo Matsumoto in an amazing playoff after he and Andrew McKechnie (New Zealand) had finished tied on 54-hole scores of 218 (five over par). The playoff went to the sixth extra hole before the deadlock was broken when McKechnie bogied. Australian senior Gordon Claney missed the playoff by just a single stroke after closing with a round of 75. He finished in outright third.

Australian team member Vince Clark won the runner-up prize in the overall handicap event and was also the winner of the Over 65 stroke event. Australian Peter McGregor was the runaway winner of the Over 70 Division.

The two standout rounds of the tournament came from Australian team members. Gordon Claney opened with a very impressive two under par 69 and in the second round Stefan Albinski went one better with a great round of three under par 68. The Discovery Bay course is a championship course and these rounds are marvellous achievements from the two leading senior golfers in Australia.

Final Leading Scores: Discovery Bay GC, Hong Kong - Par 71

218  * MATSUMOTO Shingo (Japan) 73-74-71, McKECHNIE Andrew (NZ) 75-71-72
219  CLANEY Gordon (Aust) 69-75-75
220  BATLEY John (NZ) 74-75-71, WILLIAMS Doug (HK) 73-74-73, MASLEN Paul (Aust) 71-75-74, BARLTROP Michael (NZ) 73-74-73
221  CLARK Vincent (Aust) 72-74-75
222  KAMEI Takashi (Japan) 71-78-73
224  DALE Denis (Aust) 72-78-74, AMBRIDGE John (UK) 75-78-71, BAGTAS Eddie (Phil) 76-72-76
225  DEV Kapil (India) 73-72-80
226  ALBINSKI Stefan (Aust) 81-68-77
227  MARTIN Murray (NZ) 82-73-72, EAST Stephen (UK) 75-76-76, LEITCH Michael (NZ) 73-76-78, BORREN Frank (NZ) 76-72-79
229  HERNANDEZ David (Phil) 78-79-72, KANG Woo (Japan) 76-78-75
230  VANDERSLUIS Roy (Aust) 77-72-81
. . . .
232  SQUIRES Barry (Aust) 74-78-80
235  KING Peter (Aust) 79-76-80
243  McGREGOR Peter (Australia) 79-84-80

Australian scores:
219 Gordon Claney 69-75-75
220 Paul Maslen 71-75-74
221 Vince Clark 72-74-75
224 Denis Dale 72-78-74
226 Stefan Albinski 81-68-77
230 Roy Vandersluis 77-72-81

New Zealand Scores:
218 Andrew McKechnie 75-71-72
220 Michael Barltrop 73-74-73
220 John Batley 74-75-71
227 Frank Borren 76-72-79
227 Mike Leitch 73-76-78
227 Murray Martin 82-73-72

The tournament concluded with a formal dinner and presentation ceremony at the Auberge Hotel. As always this was a most enjoyable evening and gave the players an opportunity to congratulate all the winners and spend non-golfing time with many new friends. It was a great night!

The 2015 Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Championship will be played in China from October 14-16, 2015. The tournament is open to players of all levels and is a wonderful experience - mark it in your calendar for 2015. More news on this event and a special AUSOOM holiday in China coming soon. The 2016 championship is expected to be played in The Philippines.

More information including all the individual and age group winners plus team and individual results available here soon - 2014 Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Championship

  Aussies Star in 2014 Hong Kong Seniors  

Tony Gresham The Australian contingent fared very well in the 2014 Hong Kong Senior Open played at the famous Hong Kong Golf Club from November 12-14.

The overall winners were local Hong Kong member Doug Williams (69-69-78=216) and UK visitor Stephen East (74-71-71=216). Well known New Zealnder Michael Barltrop was third (75-71-74=220). Although they did not win the major prize the Australians were successful in the 60-64, 65-69 and 70+ age divisions.

Queenslander Peter King won the 60-64 age group with scores of 75-78-73=226 and Victorian Alan Evan won the 65-69 group with scores of 78-73-77=228. Perhaps the best performance of all was Tony Gresham's scores of 76-72-77=225 in winning the Over 70's group. Gresham (pictured above) finished fifth overall in another amazing performance from the legendary Australian golfer.

Alan Evans

Final Scores:

216  WILLIAMS Douglas (HK - HKGC) 69 - 69 - 78
       EAST Stephen (UK) 74 - 71 - 71
220  BARLTROP Michael (New Zealand) 75 - 71 - 74
       TAYLOR Anthony (HK - HKGC) 72 - 73 - 75
225  GRESHAM Anthony (Australia) 76 - 72 - 77
226  AMBRIDGE John (UK) 78 - 77 - 71
       KING Peter (Australia) 75 - 78 - 73
228  EVANS Alan (Australia) 78 - 73 - 77
229  REED Peter (HK - HKGC) 79 - 74 - 76
230  BALL John (HK - HKGC) 76 - 77 - 77
232  LEITCH Michael (New Zealand) 77 - 78 - 77
257  MILLS Noel (Australia) 86 - 85 - 86
MC  KATES Malcolm (Australia) 94 83
MC  McWATTERS John (Australia) 93 88

More details and results here -2014 Hong Kong Senior Open Amateur Championship

  Stefan Albinski Wins ACT Senior Championship  

ACT Winners Yet another day of warm conditions for the final round of the 2014 ACT Senior Amateur Championship played at Federal Golf Club. Once again the tournament organisers had provided an excellent course setup that allowed the field of senior golfers every opportunity to attack the pins and shoot some low scores.

With one round remaining there were ten golfers within a handful of shots but it was the ever reliable Stefan Albinski who again demonstrated what it takes to win important senior events. In a fine display of controlled golf Albinski carded a score of two over 74 to finish with a two stroke winning margin. His rounds of 75-71-74 gave him a 54-hole total of 220 (four over par). This win returns him to the top of the Australian Senior Ranking table.

Second place went to ACT senior Darryl Whitehead who charged home with a final round of one under par 71. After opening with rounds of 74 and 77 the long hitting newcomer to senior golf showed what he is capable of and he will definitely be a contender in upcoming senior ranking events.

Tony Kennings

There was a three way tie for third place. The 36 hole leader after opening with 72 and 73, Sal Ballard started his final round poorly but then battled back well with three birdies in four holes on the back nine for a round of 78. Joining him in third place were Victorian Mick Asami (73-74-76) and another newcomer Mark Pearson (75-73-75). All three finished seven over par on 223.

Apart from some hot scoring on the Federal course a highlight was a hole-in-one from well known NSW senior Tony Kennings (pictured right). Quite amazingly this was the first ever hole in one for Kennings in a long career of top level golf - well done Tony!

The handicap competition was won by Gary O'Brien who defeated Brad Tepper on a countback after both golfers had finished with 54 hole total of 210.

Another very well run tournament by ACT Golf and congratulations to all involved in organising another successful week of golf.

Final Scores:

220  Stefan ALBINSKI  75-71-74  NSW
222  Darryl WHITEHEAD  74-77-71  ACT
223  Mark PEARSON  75-73-75  NSW
       Mick ASAMI  73-74-76  VIC
       Sal BALLARD  72-73-78  NSW
224  Roy VANDERSLUIS  75-74-75  NSW
225  Russell BUNN  76-78-71  NSW
226  Paul MASLEN  81-71-74  NSW, David LIMBACH  78-73-75  NSW
       Greg MCKAY  75-73-78  NSW, Greg STANFORD  73-75-78  NSW
       Robert STILL  75-72-79  ACT, Denis DALE  74-73-79  NSW
227  Laurie CUPPLES  73-79-75  NSW, Chris WINSLADE  74-76-77  NSW
228  Kevin O'BRIEN  79-78-71  ACT, Vince CLARK  77-74-77  NSW
229  Noel WOOD  78-77-74  NSW
230  Graeme HOWLAND  73-76-81  NSW
232  Tony KENNINGS  78-80-74  NSW
       Thomas HAROLD  81-74-77  NT, Trevor BEALE  76-78-78  NSW
233  Chris GORDON  81-77-75  NSW
234  Tom YATES  73-83-78  NSW, Richard GREVILLE  76-79-79  NSW

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

  Brian Sams Wins Australian 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.

Brian Sams The 2014 Senior Matchplay Championship was a great success and congratulations belong to both the 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.

More details here -2014 Australian Senior Matchplay Championship

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