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2015 Champion
Tom Harold wins the 2015 Northern Territory Senior Amateur Championship at Alice Springs Golf Club

2015 Champion
John Wheeler wins the 2015 The National Senior Masters at The National Golf Club

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

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2015 Australian Senior Matchplay Championship
June 15-17, 2015
Coolangatta Tweed Heads GC, QLD

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 116.60  8 
 2  Barry Tippett VIC 111.26  7 
 3  Stefan Albinski     NSW 91.96  7 
 4  Michael Barltrop NZ 87.36  6 
 5  Steve Toyne QLD 81.96  11 
 6  Sal Ballard NSW 81.86  8 
 7  Vince Clark NSW 80.21  8 
 8  John Banting WA 79.82  7 
 9  Ian McPherson WA 75.51  6 
10  Greg Rhodes VIC 73.48  4 
11  Brian Sams NSW 68.76  6 
12  Ian Frost VIC 68.14  5 
13  Colin Hallam QLD 67.35  7 
14  Roy Vandersluis NSW 63.36  6 
15  Tom Harold NT 62.05  6 
16  Denis Dale NSW 55.31  6 
17  David Limbach NSW 53.93  6 
18  Alan Bullas VIC 53.48  8 
19  John Wheeler VIC 49.25  5 
20  Trevor Hughes WA 48.48  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 80.21  8 
 2  Roy Vandersluis NSW 63.36  6 
 3  Denis Dale NSW 55.31  6 
 4  Harry Crosby WA 33.71  3 
 5  Tony Kennings NSW 32.39  5 
 6  Trevor Box QLD 25.43  3 
 7  Dave Morrison QLD 25.27  4 
 8  Nigel Goodall WA 24.62  2 
 9  Graham Bowen WA 19.93  3 
10  Les Browne VIC 19.69  7 

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  Barry Tippett VIC 70.83  5 
 2  Tom Harold NT 67.41  5 
 3  Steve Toyne QLD 49.97  4 
 4  Sal Ballard NSW 45.55  4 
 5  Darryl Hearsch NSW 44.83  3 
 6  Stefan Albinski NSW 44.81  4 
 7  Vince Clark NSW 41.94  3 
 8  Garry O'Brien NSW 41.07  2 
 9  John Wheeler VIC 38.00  1 
10  Gordon Claney VIC 36.16  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.  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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  Aust. Senior Matchplay   

2015 Australian Senior Matchplay Championship

Entries have now closed for the 2015 Australian Senior Matchplay Championship to be played at The Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club on the Queensland and NSW border from June 15-17.

This year's field is certainly the best ever for this national championship. The field of 32 includes 23 from the top 27 ranked players and every player is ranked inside the top 50.

Details on this event and the current unofficial draw is available here - 2015 Australian Senior Matchplay.

  Tom Harold Wins Northern Territory Seniors   

The final round of the 72-hole 2015 Northern Territory Senior Amateur Championship was played today at the Alice Springs Golf Club.

This is an open event with many of Australia's best young golfers competing. The NT Senior Amateur Championship is played in conjunction and earns Australian Senior Ranking points.

Day four of the 2015 NT Senior Amateur produced brilliant sunny skies and a cool yet consistent breeze.

Barry Tippett (left) played in the morning draw and had a reasonable score going until a a lost ball on the eighth hole (his second last) gave him a triple bogey that saw him post a 77 and a total four round clubhouse leading score of 314. Tippett had rounds of 84-76-77-77=314.

Tom Harold (centre) held an overnight one stroke lead over Steve Toyne (right) and they were paired together for the final round with an afternoon time slot. Both players got off to a sluggish start with Harold posting a score of 42 (6 over par) on the outward nine and Toyne one more.

Harold then lifted his game and played brilliantly over the more challenging front nine to record a one over par 37 and a total score of 79. Harold had rounds of 81-73-80-79=313 for his one shot win over Tippett.

Toyne played well in the final nine to finish his day with a round of 82 and an aggregate score of 317 (82-78-75-82) that gave him third place.

Tom HaroldThis makes it five second place finishes and a win for Tippett from his last seven starts. He is certainly the form senior golfer in Australia at the present time.

NSW senior Darryl Hearsch finished in fourth position (78-82-84-82=326). Harold, Tippett and Toyne have been selected in the Australian team to challenge New Zealand for the Sanctuary Cove Trophy in July this year.

Leading Scores:
313 Tom Harold (NT) 81-73-80-79
314 Barry Tippett (VIC) 84-76-77-77
317 Steve Toyne (QLD) 82-78-75-82
326 Darryl Hearsch (NSW) 78-82-84-82

More details here - 2015 Northern Territory Senior Open .

  A few spots left on the 2015 China Tour  

China Tour
There are four spots remaining on the AUSOOM 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). The group is set at a maximum of 24 so if you are considering this trip of a life time do make contact soon.

Our non-golfing tour of China starts Saturday October 17. 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 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. At this stage seven of the group will join us in Beijing with the others playing in the golf tournament first. 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. 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

  Australia vs New Zealand   

The 2015 Australian Senior team to represent in the match against New Zealand in July this year has been announced.

The 2015 team has a very different look to the teams that represented Australia in recent years. Only four of the team that played in the previous match in February 2014 have made the 2015 team. The eight new players are an indication of the recent emergence of talented senior golfers keen to represent their country in an international golfing event.

The New Zealand team has also been announced and they have selected a very experienced team with only one new player added to their successful 2014 team.

The annual event began in 2007 and is played using the same format as the Ryder and President Cups and is just as exciting and prestigious an event to the twenty four golfers who compete every year.

The event rotates between Australia and New Zealand annually. When played in Australia it is played at the Sanctuary Cove Golf Club while in New Zealand the venue is always one of the countries best courses - Titirangi in 2008, Clearwater in 2010, Christchurch in 2012 and Muriwai in 2014.

After eight years of competition the score stands at five wins for New Zealand and three wins for Australia. The 2015 tournament will be played in July at Sanctuary Cove GC and while Australia will be eager to claim back the trophy the New Zealand team will be looking to make it four years in a row!

More details including the New Zealand team for 2015 here:
2015 Australia vs New Zealand

Stefan Albinski
Stefan Albinski NSW
Australia's number one senior golfer for many years and now making his sixth appearance in the Sanctuary Cove Trophy. Expect a strong leadership performance.
Ian McPherson
Ian McPherson WA
Third appearance for this tough competitor from the west. Has won an Australian Senior Matchplay title and sure to do well for Australia this year.
Sal Ballard
Sal Ballard NSW
Made his debut last year and with the experience is more than ready for another battle with the Kiwis. Very determined player and can run hot with the putter.
Vince Clark
Vince Clark NSW
Gets better with age and now playing the best golf of his career. His consistency will ensure he performs very well for the Australian team in his third appearance.
Greg Rhodes
Greg Rhodes VIC
Newcomer but comes with an impressive record including a dominant win in the 2015 NSW Senior Championship. Strong player well suited to matchplay golf.
Trevor Hughes
Trevor Hughes WA
Newcomer who was runner up in the 2014 Australian Senior Championship and has played very well since to earn his spot on the team..
Steve Toyne
Steve Toyne QLD
Newcomer who has played a lot of senior golf in the last twelve months. He will be ready for this new challenge. A strong all round game.
Tom Harold
Tom Harold NT
Newcomer and the first ever representative from the Northern Territory. Very consistent player in recent events and has earned this chance at the highest level.
Mick Asami
Mick Asami VIC
Newcomer from Victoria but has played good senior golf throughout the year. Will certainly be a proud man to represent Australia and sure to do well.
John Banting
John Banting WA
Newcomer from the west who has travelled Australia to play many events during the year. His consistent high quality golf has earnt him a place in the Australian team.
Barry Tippett
Barry Tippett VIC
Another newcomer to the team but not to top level golf. His record in the past twelve months is the best of any Australian and he is sure to have a good inaugural year with more to follow.
Ian Frost
Ian Frost VIC
Newcomer from Victoria who has climbed the national ranking table with impressive recent performances. Strong and determined player and very keen to do well in his first year.

Tony Kennings
Tony Kennings NSW
Captain (non-playing). Represented three times as a player and then twice as a non-playing vice captain. This is his first year as team captain and will leave nothing undone in an effort to win the series.
Denis Dale
Denis Dale NSW
Vice Captain (non-playing). Experienced senior who played in all eight previous Sanctuary Cove Trophy teams. Not playing this year but certainly eager to help the Aussies win back the title.

  2015 Sydney Senior Classic Cancelled   

The quite incredible weather has forced the cancellation of the 2015 Sydney Senior Classic. This 54-hole event was to be played at The Lakes, The Australian and Avondale Golf courses.

Heavy rain and strong winds forced players from the course in the opening round at The Lakes and the continual wild weather has made play on these three and any Sydney course impossible.

Obviously there were are many disappointed senior golfers who had looked forward to playing on these three high quality courses. The entry list was perhaps the best ever for this event with golfers from interstate and New Zealand making the trip to Sydney.

Unfortunately nothing can be done to control the weather and with a busy year ahead it is unlikely that the event will be rescheduled this year.

The new Australian Senior Amateur Ranking Tables will be calculated without the Sydney Classic for 2015. The Sydney Classic was the last event before the selection of the team to represent Australia in the annual match against New Zealand. The 2015 team should be announced soon.

  It was "Wheels" on Fire!   

Local member John "Wheels" Wheeler (right) has won the coveted green jacket awarded to the winner of The National Senior Masters. A very popular member at The National, Wheeler had led after the opening round when he finished two under par 70 on the Moonah course. He was in second place after a round of 74 on the Old course but a determined final round of 77 on the challenging Ocean course saw him claim the title he wanted and deserved. His rounds of 70-74-77=221 also created a tournament record.

This is the first win for Wheeler in an Australian Senior Ranking event and he certainly picked a great event in which to break through. The courses are all world class and the field was the strongest possible and would not have been out of place in an Australian Senior Amateur Championship.

Second place went to a trio that included NSW senior Simon Bracegirdle (Killara) and two Victorians Ian Frost (Bendigo left) and Barry Tippett (Thirteenth Beach). Bracegirdle (74-75-75=224) is now a member at The National and is well known in Sydney where he was a high quality golfer at the Killara club for many years. Frost (71-75-78=224) has performed very well in senior events in recent years and is not only one of Victoria's best seniors but also one of the best across the country.

Barry Tippett (right) was the defending champion and led the field into the final round after two great par-breaking rounds of 71-71 on the Moonah and Old courses. His final round 82 saw him lose the lead but he still shared second place points and has now climbed into second position on the Australian Senior Ranking table behind fellow Victorian Gordon Claney.

Sharing fifth place were leading West Australian senior Ian McPherson (74-77-75=226) and another Victorian Greg Rhodes (73-74-79=226). McPherson has been an Australian representative for several years while Rhodes was the recent runaway winner of the NSW Senior Amateur Championship and looks certain to make his debut for Australia later this year in the Sanctuary Cove series against New Zealand.

This year’s National Masters field was the strongest ever, with four of the past five champions competing along with the cream of Australian senior golf and several top level visitors from New Zealand. As always the organisation was at the highest possible level, all three courses were in beautiful condition and the hospitatility of the club warm and generous.

There will certainly be a high demand for a position in this event next year as it continues to grown in status on the senior amateur circuit.

Progressive Leaderboard with hole-by-hole.

More information here - 2015 The National Masters Championship.

Final Leading Scores:

221 John Wheeler VIC 70 74 77
224 Ian Frost VIC 71 75 78, Simon Bracegirdle NSW 74 75 75
      Barry Tippett VIC 71 71 82
226 Gregory Rhodes VIC 73 74 79, 226 Ian McPherson 74 77 75
227 Russell Simmons VIC 75 73 79, Steve Toyne QLD 73 75 79
229 John Rademakers NZ 71 76 82, Sal Ballard NSW 78 73 78
230 Paul Maslen NSW 71 76 83, Gordon Claney VIC 76 75 79
      Tom Harold NT 78 73 79
231 Michael Barltrop NZ 71 77 83

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