Inside Golf : Inside Golf February 2015
seniors 66 February 2014 | www.insidegolf.com.au by Denis Dale email@example.com What events are on in 2015? As the ranking year begins on November 1 and end October 31 in the following year the first event for the 2015 year has already been played. Last November the 2014 ACT Senior Championship was played on three of Canberra’s best courses - Gungahlin Lakes, Gold Creek and Federal. This event always produces a close finish and 2014 was no exception. With one round remaining there were ten golfers within reach of the title 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 final round 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). second place went to ACT senior Darryl Whitehead who charged home with a final round of one under par 71. 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). The 2015 ACT senior Championship will again be played in November. JAnuAry The 2015 royal Melbourne Senior Classic was played on January 19-21 using each of Royal Melbourne’s famous layouts, the West Course (number 1 in Australia), the East Course (8) and the world renowned Composite Course. This was the third playing of the event and once again the entries for the event were outstanding. A ballot was needed to reduce the field to the maximum of 108 and a handicap of 4.9 was the cut off position. The winner was not known at press time, but a full report is now available on the AUsOOM website. If you missed out on a start this year then work harder to reduce that handicap for 2016. FebruAry The next senior ranking event on the calendar is the 2015 Tasmanian Senior Amateur starting on February 11 at Mowbray Golf Club in Launceston. Mowbray is a good test of golf and is also well known as the “Home of Ricky Ponting”. The 2014 Tasmanian senior Champion, stefan Albinski, will be back to defend his title. Local champion Michael Leedham is another who is expected to figure in the finish having won this championship on his home course five times previously. MArCh March is a busy month with the 2015 nSW Senior Amateur to be played on Duntry League and the Ex-servicemen’s courses in Orange. Using two courses will ensure that all who nominate for this very popular event will get a start. A big field is expected so get your entry in early and book accommodation as soon as possible. Duntry League is one of the west’s better tests of golf while the Ex-serviceman’s course is described by the locals as an interesting and challenging course. 2014 winner sam Christie is expected to journey south from Queensland to defend the title he won at Tuncurry Golf Club after a most exciting three way play-off. March 16-17 are the dates for the 2015 Lake Karrinyup Senior Classic in Perth. Lake Karrinyup Country Club is considered by most as Western Australia’s premier golf course and has been regularly rated as one of the top ten golf courses in Australia. Why not join defending champion Nigel Goodall (WA) in testing yourself on the same course where the leading world professionals compete in the rich Perth International every year. Following straight after the Lake Karrinyup event is the 2015 West Australian Senior Amateur Championship beginning March 19. This year the tournament is being played at one of Perth’s best courses, Mt Lawley Golf Club (number 64 in Australia). There will be keen interest as leading NsW senior stefan Albinski attempts to make it six WA senior titles in a row! A strong local contingent led by Ian McPherson and Trevor Hughes will be doing their best to return the title to the west. ApriL If you have never played at The National then make sure you get there for the 2015 The national Masters beginning April 14. The venue is magnificent and nowhere else in Australia can you play three courses of this quality at the same location. The tournament is played over all three of The National’s championship courses - The Moonah (number 8 in Australia), The Old (10) and The Ocean (30). The defending champion is Victorian Barry Tippett who played some great golf to record three rounds of 75 and a two stroke margin over Ian McPherson (WA) and Gordon Claney (Victoria). The courses are wonderful to play, yet the tournament organisation and hospitality of the hosts is perhaps even better. This is one tournament not to miss. still on a high after a week at The National Masters? Fortunately senior golfers have another selection of world-class courses to play the following week in the 2015 nSW Senior Classic. This event is played over three exceptional and well known golf courses - The Lakes Golf Club, number 14 The National Golf Club – venue for the 2015 Australia vs ADFGA match Stefan Albinski & Darry Whitehead 2014 ACT Senior Championship Winner and runner up Another big year ahead for national senior golfers I t’s the beginning of another year and for Australia’s senior golfers it is time to begin planning their golfing itinerary for 2015. If you are a senior golfer over the age of 55 then there is a wonderful calendar of events to be played on many of Australia’s best courses. Every mainland state now has their own senior Order of Merit competition and for those ready and able to travel interstate there is the Australian senior Ranking competition run by Golf Australia. The Australian Senior Ranking Competition SENIOR CIRCUIT > T he competition began in 2006 when it was called the Australian senior Order of Merit. In the inaugural year it included the Australian senior Amateur Championship, state senior Championships plus a few additional events. Now renamed the Australian senior Ranking system, the competition continues to develop and in 2015 provides a year-long series of 16 major golf tournaments for senior golfers across every state and territory. Apart from the enjoyment of competing in these major events players are also striving for ranking points as the Australian senior Ranking system is used to select teams to represent Australia in annual matches against New Zealand and the Australian Defence Forces and for selecting the 6 man team to represent Australia in the Asia-Pacific senior Championship (this year to be held in China).
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