Inside Golf : Inside Golf, April 2016
senior amateurs www.insidegolf.com.au | April 2016 51 N sW senior stefan Albinski has won the 2016 Men’s NsW senior Amateur Championship in a very exciting day at Narooma Golf Club. Albinski was dominant in the opening two rounds with scores of one under par 71 on both the Narooma and Bermagui courses. hitting off at Narooma on the final morning Albinski had a comfortable five-stroke lead over Queenslander Peter hannah and a seven-stroke lead over another Queenslander steve Toyne. As often happens golf then threw in a few surprises. Albinski had three bogies on the front nine while hannah turned one under par and the lead was just one stroke. Toyne had slipped further back with his opening four over par. in other groups only Lester Peterson was playing well enough to be a possibility. he would eventually finish with a round of 73 and fourth place. There will be plenty of wins for Peterson in the coming years. it was on the back nine that the excitement really began. Toyne showed what a great player he is with birdies on 10, 11 and 12 to get back in the match. hannah continued to play par golf and when Albinski bogied thirteen he had a share of the lead. Toyne was still four behind but then birdied fifteen and sixteen. he had birdied five of the first seven holes on the closing nine. On the fifteenth hole hannah had driven wide to finish in an awkward lie on the edge of the fairway bunker. he played a fine second to land in the greenside bunker not too far from the pin. however, the ball had buried deep in a grass bush “feature”. he had no real shot and finished with a double bogey. he had lost two strokes that would eventually make the difference. Toyne was playing inspired golf and almost eagled sixteen and as the players left this par five Albinski led Toyne and hannah by two strokes. All found the green on the uphill par three seventeenth. surprisingly, Albinski three-putted from not too far away while the others safely parred. The lead was one with one to play and still anyone’s tournament. Toyne and hannah drove well and had clear shots to the par-five green. Albinski pushed his drive and stopped just a metre from the steep gully and certain disaster. he had a swing and found the fairway with a well- played second shot. Both challengers played strong second shots to be close to the green and had real birdie chances. Albinski’s third shot flirted with the bunker but finished on the green. Toyne pitched to twelve feet and hannah to five. it would come down to these putts! Albinski putted safely and had the par he needed and watched anxiously as both Toyne and hannah tried to force a play- off. Both missed and the championship belonged to Albinski. A relieved champion but a deserved one. in a marvellous senior career Albinski has now won every Australian state and territory senior amateur title. As well he has collected three Australian senior Amateur titles and three Australian senior Matchplay titles. An amazing record that will be very hard to equal. The top four places were clear cut with a surprising six-stroke gap to the rest of the field. The top four had recently represented Australia against New Zealand and they will be part of future Australian teams for some years to come. 220 ALBiNsKi stefan 71 71 78 221 hANNAh Peter 73 74 74, TOYNE steve 73 76 72 223 PETERsON Lester 75 75 73 229 BEAsLEY Graham 76 79 74, WiLDER Alan 73 80 76 232, CiRiLLO Dominic 78 78 76, MUsGRAVE Michael 78 74 80 233 ROGERs Russell 80 77 76, BARTON Paul 76 78 79, MiNOGUE Martin 75 82 76, WOOD Noel 75 80 78, CRANFiELD Geoff 75 77 81, WOOD Richard 74 81 78, hAY Mark 76 79 79 234 NEEsON John 78 82 75, 235 ChRisTiE samuel 77 82 76, hOWLAND Graeme 73 80 82 236 WATTON Greg 80 80 76, DALE Denis 77 82 77 More information: www.ausoom.com Albinski creates record in winning nsw senior amateur 2016 Australian Senior Team: Back - Tony Kennings (capt) Lester Peterson, Denis Dale (vc), Stefan Albinski, Greg Rhodes, Steve Toyne, Gordon Claney, Barry Tippett. Front – David Limbach, John Banting, Peter Hannah, Ian McPherson, Mark Pearson, Ian Frost. 2016 NSW Senior Amateur Champion Stefan Albinski.
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