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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

2014 Champion
Steve Toyne wins the 2014 Gold Coast Senior Classic at Royal Pines and Robina Golf Clubs

2014 Champion
Brian Sams wins the 2014 Queensland Senior Amateur Championship at Carbrook Golf Club

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2014 Australian Senior Amateur Championship
September 30 - October 2, 2014
Mandurah GC, WA

2014 Victorian Senior Amateur Championship
October 20-22, 2014
Rosebud GC, VIC

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

State Senior Orders of Merit




all tables show points after


 1  Stefan Albinski     NSW 100.40  9 
 2  Paul Maslen NSW 97.67  7 
 3  Denis Dale NSW 90.96  8 
 4  Roy Vandersluis NSW 88.02  7 
 5  Vince Clark NSW 86.13  7 
 6  Gordon Claney VIC 85.00  7 
 7  David Limbach NSW 83.02  8 
 8  Ian McPherson WA 82.46  5 
 9  Barry Tippett VIC 79.49  7 
10  Sal Ballard NSW 75.81  7 
11  Greg Stanford NSW 71.32  7 
12  Sam Christie QLD 66.64  4 
13  Richard Greville NSW 65.28  7 
14  Peter King QLD 64.39  6 
15  Alan Bullas VIC 62.71  8 
16  Ian Frost VIC 61.83  4 
17  Chris Gordon NSW 59.44  9 
18  Michael Barltrop NZ 57.43  4 
19  Colin Hallam QLD 56.79  7 
20  Graham Bowen WA 52.02  8 


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 89.24  8 
 2  Roy Vandersluis NSW 88.02  7 
 3  Vince Clark NSW 83.49  7 
 4  Bill Banks ACT 40.57  2 
 5  Tony Kennings NSW 39.30  5 
 6  Tony Hyde VIC 38.00  7 
 7  Ian Read QLD 28.84  6 
 8  Trevor Box QLD 26.76  3 
 9  Rodney Barltrop NZ 25.79  3 
10  Harry Crosby WA 24.29  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  Paul Maslen NSW 72.20  3 
 2  Vince Clark NSW 58.63  3 
 3  Chris Gordon NSW 53.64  3 
 3  Roy Vandersluis NSW 52.91  5 
 5  Gordon Claney VIC 49.38  4 
 6  Denis Dale NSW 49.30  4 
 7  Michael Barltrop NZ 46.28  3 
 8  Rob Croker NSW 45.97  4 
 9  Graeme Altmann VIC 44.65  4 
10  Tony Kennings NSW 44.50  2 
10  Denis Dale NSW 39.10  3 

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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 Australian Senior Matchplay 

Entries for the Australian Menís Senior Matchplay Championship close on 2 October 2014.

The major requirement to enter is to have played in and finished at least one senior ranking event in the previous 12 months. Seedings in the event will be based on a player's ranking position when entries close.

There are two divisions - an Open section for all seniors and a Super Senior section for golfers over the age of 65. The tournament is structured to ensure every competitor will play matchplay games every day with every match important as they all impact on overall finishing positions. It really is a great week of golf (a practice day and three more days actually) and one you should play in at least once (if not more!).

This year Australian Senior Matchplay Championship heads to Queensland. Coolangatta Tweed Heads GC

After years at the Victorian courses, Barwon Heads and Thirteenth Beach, and a one year break at Twin Creeks in NSW, the event will be played on the West course at the 36 hole Coolangatta Tweed Heads golfing complex.

With the Gold Coast just a few minutes away there is lots of luxury and more affordable accommodation available.

As usual senior golfers are leaving it to the last minute to enter but to help out organisers now would be a good time to get your entry form in. More details and entry forms click here -2014 Australian Senior Matchplay Championship

  2014 NSW Vets Matchplay Championship  

Well known Newcastle senior John Mason has advised of a week of golf that should be perfect for those who love a game of matchplay.

John is the Tournament Director for the NSWVGA 2014 Match Play Championships to be played on the Belmont (photo below), Waratah, Newcastle(Stockton)and Charlestown golf courses in the Newcastle region of NSW from Monday November 3rd to Friday November 7th, 2014.

Belmont Golf Club
The week of golf will cater for all levels of golfer - the sixteen lowest handicap male players will play without handicap for the major championship and the Bob Coulson Shield, while all other players in the remaining groups will play with the benefit of handicap. Players will remain in their original group for the whole week.

This is a full week of golf for every competitor. If you lose a match during the week you are not eliminated. No matter what your results are during the week you will still be competing for a trophy on Friday November 7th at Charlestown GC against a player with exactly the same set of results for the week. Every winner on Friday will receive a voucher, the value of which will reflect the number of wins that player has had during the week.

John Mason is happy to answer your questions and can be contacted by phone: 02 4969 2923 Mobile: 0412 570 185 or Email:

All entries and payment must be in by the closing date of Tuesday 28th October 2014. More information and entry forms are now available on the NSW VGA Web Site (under WOG Info heading).

 2014 Asia Pacific Team 

Golf Australia has announced the 6-man team to represent Australia in the 2014 Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Championship.

The tournament will be played at Discovery Bay Golf Club in Hong Kong from November 19-21, 2014.

The Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Championship is open to all senior golfers. There will certainly be other Australians making the trip to compete in the individual championship. Why not join the group of Aussies and enjoy a holiday in Hong Kong as well?

Australia has a very good record in the teams section of this tournament with recent team victories in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Undoubtedly they will again face their strongest opposition from the New Zealand team that defeated the Australians in Vietnam last year.

More information here - 2014 Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Championship

The team is:

Stefan Albinski
Stefan Albinski NSW
Paul Maslen
Paul Maslen NSW
Denis Dale
Denis Dale NSW
Roy Vandersluis
Roy Vandersluis NSW
Vince Clark
Vince Clark NSW
Gordon Claney
Gordon Claney VIC

 John Banting Wins South Australian Seniors  

Claney and Banting West Australian John Banting (holding trophy) has recorded his first Australian Senior Ranking title with victory in the 2014 South Australian Senior Amateur Championship.

In a week of very difficult conditions where the winds blew at 60 kph and then the rain came Banting (79-81-75-235) produced the round of the tournament with a closing 75 for a one stroke win over Victorian Gordon Claney (left). His final round score of 75 comprised 15 pars and 3 bogies and was the best score of the tournament, an exceptional effort given the weather and the added pressure of the final day. A well deserved win.

It was yet another top placing for Claney (78-81-77=236) and he is very quickly moving up the Australian Senior Ranking ladder. He has the impressive record of five Top 5 finishes from the seven events he has played. Claney handled the testing conditions better than most and his closing 77 was a very good round when it is realised that only four players managed to break 80. An Australian Senior Ranking win is very close - perhaps the Australian Senior Amateur that starts at the end of the month in Perth?

Third place went to NSW senior Vince Clark (80-79-82=241) who has certainly found a purple patch of form and in recent weeks he has figured right in the finish of the Gold Coast Seniors, The Grange Seniors and now the SA Senior Amateur. A great effort from the Super Senior!

Clearly the weather conditions were the feature of this tournament. Fleurieu proved it self the winner under the conditions. However, the players were keen to advise that the hospitality of all was wonderful and even with the wind and rain it was another enjoyable week of senior golf.

Final Scores:
235   BANTING John   79 - 81 - 75   Royal Perth   WA
236   CLANEY Gordon   78 - 81 - 77   Kingston Heath   VIC
241   CLARK Vince   80 - 79 - 82   The Lakes   NSW
243   FROST Ian   77 - 87 - 79   Bendigo   VIC
243   TURNER Nigel   81 - 79 - 83   Links Lady Bay   SA
244   GORDON Christopher   80 - 81 - 83   New South Wales   NSW
244   AIGNER Wayne   79 - 81 - 84   Brighton   VIC
245   BOEHM Kerry   80 - 83 - 82   Rossdale   VIC
246   CORDINA Norm   83 - 82 - 81   Tea Tree Gully   SA
248   PEECK Michael   83 - 81 - 84   Dalby   QLD
249   BOWEN Graham   89 - 79 - 81   Mandurah   WA
251   MACDONALD Grahame   82 - 85 - 84   Nudgee   QLD
252   BROWN Kenneth   91 - 83 - 78   Tea Tree Gully   SA
252   ROSS Steve   83 - 87 - 82   South Lakes   SA
252   EDWARDS David   85 - 84 - 83   Pennant Hills   NSW
252   THORNLEY Keith   90 - 79 - 83   The Lakes   NSW
252   MOYLE Peter   83 - 85 - 84   Ocean Shores   NSW
254   SMALL Alexander   82 - 83 - 89   Glenelg   SA
255   WINSLOW William   86 - 80 - 89   Grange   SA
255   REEVES Trevor   88 - 78 - 89   Moss Vale   NSW

Live scoring is available here: SA - Live Scoring

More details here - 2014 South Australian Senior Championship

 Barry Tippett on Top at Grange Seniors 

Grange EastIn a display of top quality consistent golf Victorian senior Barry Tippett (left) has won the Grange Senior Open at The Grange East golf course. After an opening round of 74 that gave him a two stroke lead Tippett returned a second round of 77 for a 54-hole total of 151 and victory by five strokes. This victory follows on from his win in The National Senior Masters earlier this year and has moved him well inside the top ten in the national senior rankings.

Equal second place went to local South Australian Norm Cordina and Queensland visitor Steve Toyne (right). Cordina had rounds of 76-80=156 and the current leader on the South Australian Senior Order of Merit is a player to watch in all future national events.

Toyne is the current leader in the Queensland Senior Order of Merit and is playing the national senior circuit for the first time. The winner of the recent Gold Coast Seniors Toyne is another player to watch in all events. Toyne had rounds of 79-77 for a total of 156.

NSW veteran Vince Clark was alone in fourth place ahead of a trio of players in a tie for fifth - David Cherry (SA), John Wheeler (VIC) and Phillip Smith (SA).

In winning this championship Barry Tippett was the first player to receive the Tony Mazzone Memorial Trophy. This annual trophy is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man who is missed by all his golfing friends across Australia.

For many players this was there first time on the new Greg Norman designed East Course and there was unanimous approval of the layout as a true championship venue. All players enjoyed the challenge of demanding drives, pinpoint approach shots and undulating greens with some severe run off areas. A few holes were a little long for some as we get older but all players will look forward to a return battle at Grange East.

Leading Scores:
151    Barry TIPPETT    74 - 77 Thirteenth Beach    VIC
156    Steve TOYNE    79 - 77 Nudgee    QLD
156    Norm CORDINA    76 - 80 Tea Tree Gully    SA
157    Vincent CLARK    81 - 76 The Lakes    NSW
159    David CHERRY    83 - 76 Royal Adelaide    SA
159    John WHEELER    81 - 78 The National    VIC
159    Phillip SMITH    78 - 81 Tea Tree Gully    SA
160    Paul CORRICK    81 - 79 The Grange    SA
160    John COSTELLO    80 - 80 Nudgee    QLD
160    John WILSON    77 - 83 Yarrawonga    VIC
161    Keith THORNLEY    81 - 80 The Lakes    NSW
162    Bill WINSLOW    80 - 82 The Grange    SA
162    Tony KENNINGS    79 - 83 Forster-Tuncurry    NSW
163    Mark PAXTON    83 - 80 Flagstaff Hill    SA
163    Greg STANFORD    81 - 82 Mona Vale    NSW
163    John BELL    79 - 84 Thirteenth Beach    VIC
163    Denis DALE    78 - 85 Twin Creeks    NSW

More details and all the final scores here - 2014 The Grange Senior Open

 Albinski Plays Well in Canadian Seniors 

Stefan Albinski

Stefan Albinski, Australia's leading senior amateur, has just finished playing in the 2014 Canadian Senior Amateur Championship at Capilano Golf and Country Club situated on the north shore of Vancouver. Click here to visit Capilano Golf Club

After the final round Albinski finished at fifteen over over par and in equal 20th position. The Canadian winner, Doug Roxburgh, finished 7 under par for a three stroke victory. He had the distinction of breaking par in every round.

Round 4: A great final round from Stefan. His round included 3 birdies and one double bogey for a one under par round of 70. After his opening 78 he improved his position every day and to make it into the Top 20 was a good achievement - well done Stefan and you did Australia proud. Perhaps more Australian seniors will look to include the Canadian Seniors in their bucket list?

Round 3: A real mixture for Stefan. Beginning with a birdie on the first hole and then two bogies before another birdie on the fifth. Then an eagle 2 on the 402 metre par 4 sixth! Another bogey and birdie to be two under par playing the par 3 ninth - a double bogey!.
A birdie on ten to be back under par but then two bogies, a double on the thirteenth and a disastrous double bogey 7 on the last hole. An eventful round with the end result being a round of 76 and equal 33rd position.

Round 2: An up and down round for Stefan. A quadruple bogey 8 on the first hole was followed by four birdies and a bogey in the next nine holes to recover to one over par for the round. He then slipped a little to return a second round of 75 but a very good score after his start.

Round 1: Stefan began the championship with an opening round of 78 on the par 71 layout. After playing the front nine with eight pars and a birdie to be very well placed at one under he then struck some trouble in recording a back nine of 43. The leader after round one was on two under par 69.

Follow online live scoring by clicking here: Canadian Senior Amateur Live Scoring

 Aussies Struggle in British Seniors 

The 2014 British Senior Amateur takes place at Ganton Golf Club from Wednesday 6 to Friday 8 August 2014. 144 competitors play 36 holes on the Wednesday and Thursday, after which the leading 60 players and ties play a further 18 holes on the Friday. The championship is open to players aged 55 years and over before 6 August 2014.

Ganton is widely regarded as one of Great Britain and Ireland's finest tests of golf and in the past it has staged The Amateur Championship, the British Ladies Championship, the Ryder Cup, the Walker Cup, the Curtis Cup, the Jacques Leglise Trophy as well as numerous English National Championships. The par of the Ganton course is 71. Click here to locate on Google maps - Ganton Golf Club - Google Map

There are four Australians and one New Zealander in the field plus one Japanese player (I believe Mick Asami is the same senior who is also a member of Huntingdale GC in Victoria):

36 Hole Scores:
161 Paul Maslen NSW 78-83
162 Mick Asami VIC 80-82
163 Ian McPherson WA 79-84
166 Michael Barltrop NZ 81-85
168 Stefan Albinski NSW 85-83
172 Peter King QLD 90-82

Unfortunately none of the Australian or New Zealand contingent made the cut this year which was 18 over par at 160. The leader is at 4 over par 146 with 8 over par 150 running fifth. Follow online live scoring by clicking here:

British Senior Amateur Live Scoring

No Aussies or Kiwis through to the final round - bad luck guys. Paul Maslen must be feeling disappointed as he missed out by just one stroke. Paul was travelling well inside the cut but double bogied 16 and 17 before birdieing the final hole. Ian McPherson missed by three strokes after triple bogies on 15 and 16. It will be interesting to hear some stories when we all get together again in Perth for the Australian Senior Amateur Championship.

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