Inside Golf : Inside Golf Feb 2016
senior amateurs www.insidegolf.com.au | February 2016 63 WhAT evenTs Are on in 2016? The National Ranking year runs from November to October meaning the first event for the 2016 year has already been played. The 2015 ACT Senior Championship was played in November on three courses – Queanbeyan, Gungahlin Lakes and Federal. This was the first year for the Queanbeyan course and all players enjoyed the challenge of this well conditioned and interesting layout. After another close finish NSW senior Greg Ellis joined a small group that have won successive national level events. After winning the Victorian Senior Amateur Championship in October Ellis again played wonderful golf to win the ACT title a few weeks later. In a drama filled day at Federal Golf Club Ellis began with a one stroke overnight lead and would eventually win by the same margin.. Runner-up was Victorian Greg Rhodes who once again demonstrated his class with great tee-to-green golf but he had no luck at all with the putter. His second place finish did extend his lead in the national rankings and he is now the dominant number one senior golfer in Australia. JAnuAry The 2016 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic was played on January 20-22 using each of Royal Melbourne’s famous layouts, the West Course (number 1 in Australia), the East Course (6) and the world renowned Composite Course. This was the fourth playing of the event and as could be expected the opportunity to play these three layouts coupled with the outstanding organisation of the tournament is attracting hundreds of golfers from across Australia and New Zealand. A ballot was needed to reduce the large list of entries and a record low handicap of 3.5 was the cut off number. The winner was not known when this story was prepared but a full report will be in next month’s issue and is currently available on the AUSOOM website. FebruAry February will see many of Australia’s leading senior amateurs heading to New Zealand. The 2016 New Zealand Senior Amateur Championship will be played at the Paraparaumu Beach course from February 11- 14. Regarded by many as one of the greatest links courses in the southern hemisphere, Paraparaumu is a world-renowned layout just outside Wellington and has hosted the New Zealand Open twelve times. Thirty Australians have entered the championship, easily the highest number of overseas representatives in the event’s history. Following immediately after the New Zealand Senior Championship is the annual Australia vs New Zealand event for the Sanctuary Cove Trophy. This tournament rotates between each country and in 2016 will be played at the Royal Wellington Golf Club. 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 clear lead having won six of the nine years this event has been played. In 2016 a strong team will be representing Australia with team captain Tony Kennings confident of winning back the trophy. The third national senior ranking event on the 2016 calendar is the 2016 Tasmanian Senior Amateur starting on February 10 at Mowbray Golf Club in Launceston. Mowbray has been the home of this event for many years and is always good test of golf. The defending champion is NSW senior golfer Stefan Albinski who has won this event 5 times. In 2015 Albinski improved every day and his rounds of 75-73-71 gave him a six-stroke margin over local Mowbray member Michael Leedham. Both Albinski and Leedham have won this championship five times although Tasmanian legend Max Robison holds the record with 8 titles between1995 and 2003. mArCh March begins with the 2016 NSW Senior Amateur to be played on the Bermagui and Narooma courses on NSW’s beautiful south coast. Golf NSW is again using two courses to ensure that all who nominate for this popular event will get a start. The popular Bermagui course was the venue for the 2011 NSW Senior Amateur Championship when Queenslander Peter King won in a play-off. The seaside Narooma course is rated inside the Top 100 Australian courses. The combination of these two courses will ensure that the 2016 champion is a worthy one. The defending champion is Victorian Greg Rhodes who won his first national event in 2015 with a great display of golf finishing a combined six under par on the Duntry League and Serviceman’s courses. He finished eight strokes ahead of local champion Robert Payne. March is the usual month for two West Australian events – the WA Senior Amateur and the Lake Karrinyup Senior Classic. At the time of writing Golf WA has advised that although the West Australian Seniors is currently scheduled for April 6-8 at Melville Glades Golf Club there is a possibility that this date will be changed. The defending champion is WA senior Martin Minogue who won at Royal Fremantle in 2015 bringing to an end a run of six successive titles by NSW senior Stefan Albinski. Queanbeyan Golf Club was used for the 2015 ACT Senior Amateur Championship. Paraparaumu Golf Club – venue for the 2016 New Zealand Senior Championship. Golf WA have also advised that their traditional secondary event, the Lake Karrinyup Senior Classic, will not be played at this course. A decision on the new venue and date is also not yet available. All senior golfers are advised to use the Golf Australia or AUSOOM website for the latest information on these two events. Narooma Golf Club – venue for the 2016 NSW Senior Championship. April Each year, a 12-man Golf Australia Senior Team contests a match against the Australian Defence Forces team. This year The National Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula will again host the event that begins on April 4. The event will be played on the Ocean Course (rated 47) over two days, with foursomes and four-ball matches on day one, and singles matches on day two. The event was first played in 2007 and last year the Golf Australia Senior Team recorded a convincing 16-8 win over the ADFGA team. This event is a must do for those who get the opportunity to play as the ADF guys are a great bunch of our finest Aussies. The competition is keen with both teams looking for victory but it also a great opportunity for senior golfers to share some time and stories with our defence force personnel. Golf doesn’t get any better than a round of each of the three courses at The National Golf Club on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. The 2015 National Masters begins on April 12 and is played over all three of The National’s championship courses - The Moonah (number 9 in Australia), The Old (17) and The Ocean (47). The defending champion is local member John Wheeler who played some outstanding golf to record his inaugural win on the senior ranking circuit. Wheeler had led after his opening round of two under par 70 on the Moonah course and was then in second place after a round of 74 on the Old course. A determined final round of 77 on the challenging Ocean course saw him claim the title with a tournament record score of 221. Second place was shared by defending 2014 champion Barry Tippett and leading Victorian Gordon Claney. All who play in this tournament appreciate both the magnificent courses and the outstanding tournament organisation and hospitality. This is one tournament not to miss. Wondering what event could possibly follow a week of golf at The National? Then how about a 54-hole tournament on three courses rated well inside the countries top 100 with two of them venues for recent Australian Opens? The tournament is the 2016 NSW Senior Classic and the three courses are The Lakes Golf Club (rated number 15 in Australia) and the venue for the 2011 and 2012 Australian Opens, The Australian Golf Club (31) and the host club for the 2014 and 2015 Australian Open and the beautiful tree lined Avondale (56) on Sydney’s north shore. This is always a popular event and a strong field of low handicap players is ensured. The 2015 event was abandoned when some wild weather hit Sydney for a week making golf impossible. This will only make the number of entries even bigger and a high quality field of local, interstate and overseas players is certain for 2016. mAy Time to head north and visit Darwin for the 2016 Northern Territory Senior Amateur Championship to be played at Darwin Golf Club from May 26-29. This event is played in conjunction with the Northern Territory Amateur Championship that always attracts many of the countries best younger amateur players. A great opportunity to visit the top-end, see some of our future champions and also compete in a 72-hole national senior ranking event on a very good golf course. Darwin senior Tom Harold is the defending champion after his exciting one-stroke victory over Barry Tippett at Alice Springs Golf Club in 2015. With the advantage of local knowledge Harold will start as one of the favourites as he attempts to defend his title. June After two successful years as host of the Australian Senior Matchplay Championship the Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Golf Club will again host this national championship in 2016. The event will be played from June 15-17. This is the only match-play event on the national senior circuit and as it carries a national title and many ranking points most of Australia’s top senior golfers are expected to add this event to their 2016 golfing calendar. In 2015 the field of 32 included 23 of the top 27 ranked players and every player was ranked inside the top 50. The defending champion is West Australian Ian McPherson who needed 24 holes to defeat Queenslander Trevor Box in a drama filled final. When he holed his birdie putt on the sixth extra hole it was he only time McPherson had led all day with this victory giving him his second success in the event. July July is the month for the “Queensland Double” beginning with the 2016 Gold Coast Senior Classic starting on July 20. This event is currently scheduled for three outstanding courses – Royal Pines, The Glades and Hope Island. The recently redeveloped Royal Pines Golf Club was the host of the 2014 and 2015 Australian PGA Championship and presents The National Masters will be played using all three courses in April 2016. Avondale Golf Club – one of three wonderful courses used for the 2016 NSW Senior Classic. Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club – venue for the 2016 Australian Senior Macthplay Championship.
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