Inside Golf : Inside Golf February 2015
seniors www.insidegolf.com.au | February 2014 67 in Australia and the venue for the 2011 and 2012 Australian Opens, The Australian Golf Club (15) which hosted the 2014 Australian Open and will do so for the next few years and the beautiful tree-lined Avondale (66), perhaps the best course on sydney’s north shore. This is always a popular event and a strong field of low handicap players is ensured. Defending champion Paul Maslen (NsW) will again need to play at his very best to make it consecutive titles. MAy If you have never been to Alice springs then the middle of May is the time to make your first visit and enjoy the Alice springs Golf Club for the 2015 northern Territory Senior Amateur Championship. The Alice springs layout has large teeing blocks, fully grassed rolling fairways and huge, well-bunkered putting greens set against the stunning natural backdrop of the ancient MacDonnell Ranges. This Peter Thomson-designed course is rated inside the Top 100 courses in Australia and in the Top 10 desert golf courses in the world. There is plenty of excellent accommodation near the course and a wonderful opportunity to see the nation’s centre. Darwin senior Trevor Osborne is the defending champion and he is expected to make the trip to “The Alice” as he attempts to become the first back-to-back winner of this championship. June June has been an empty month for most years but 2015 will be different with the rescheduling of the 2015 Australian Senior Matchplay Championship to be played from June 15-17. The Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club will again be the host after their very successful running of the tournament in 2014. 2014 winner Brian sams defeated a strong field to claim his first national title and he is sure to return to a course that is now one of his favourites. As it carries a national title and many ranking points most 2014 NSW Senior Classic: Mick Asami, Roy Vandersluis, Paul Maslen (winner) with Greg Smith Alice Springs Golf Club – venue for the 2015 NT Senior Championship of Australia’s top senior golfers are sure to include the Matchplay when planning their 2015 golfing calendar. This is the only Matchplay championship on the senior calendar and it is will attract a top quality field. Players are seeded for the draw on the basis of their current Australian rankings. The warm weather of sunny Queensland and the very good golf course make this a very welcome addition to the June calendar. JuLy July is another busy month beginning with the annual Australia vs New Zealand event for the 2015 Sanctuary Cove Trophy. The tournament rotates between each country and in 2015 it will be played at the sanctuary Cove Golf Club in south east Queensland. Once again a 12-man team of Australians will be playing the Kiwis in this Ryder Cup format competition. The Kiwis have now established a lead having won five of the eight years this event has been played. A very strong Australian team is expected for 2015 and hopefully they can turn the tables on their Kiwi rivals. The following week sees the regular July “Queensland Double” begin with the 2015 Gold Coast Senior Classic starting on July 20. This event is played over 54 holes on the recently redeveloped Royal Pines Golf Club. This is the same course that was the host of the 2014 Australian PGA Championship won in an exciting seven-hole play-off by Greg Chalmers defeating Adam scott and Wade Ormsby. The defending champion is Queenslander steve Toyne who won his first national ranking event in 2014 with a one stroke win over New Zealander Michael Barltrop with NsW’s Vince Clark another stroke away in third place. Played in conjunction is the annual state of Origin Challenge between NsW and Queensland where teams of 17 players compete for their state over the three days. In another close battle Queensland were again the winners to stretch their winning run to three in a row! Perhaps a win for the Blues in 2015? Following on from Royal Pines is the 2015 Queensland Senior Amateur Championship to be played at the southport Golf Club on Queensland’s Gold Coast. southport is definitely a challenging test of golf with a mild amount of undulation, many tree lined fairways and strategically placed ponds and lakes. NsW senior Brian sams is the defending Queensland senior champion having won at Carbrook in 2014. He also won this championship in 2007 when it was played at southport so he will certainly be one of the tournament favourites. SepTeMber August is time for a rest but september is another busy month with three national ranking events. The first two are played in south Australia beginning with the 2015 Grange/Kooyonga Senior Classic on september 3. This year the 36-hole event will be split over two courses – The Grange and Kooyonga. Both are championship layouts currently rated well inside the Top 50 courses in Australia with Kooyonga at 22 and Grange East at 40. The defending champion is Victorian senior Barry Tippett who gave a display of top quality consistent golf to win the 2014 title by five strokes. This victory, an earlier win at The National Masters and then a runner up placing in the Australian Matchplay made it a great senior year for Tippett. Beginning two days after The Grange/Kooyonga tournament is the 2015 South Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Links Lady Bay. 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