Inside Golf : Inside Golf, May 2016
senior amateurs 52 May 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au With Denis Dale email@example.com SENIOR AmAtEuR WRAP SOUTH AUSTRALIA Mt Osmond Seniors The third Senior Order of Merit event in the South Australian season was played at a beautifully presented Mt Osmond course. The winner was Phil Smith from Tea Tree Gully with a good round of 77. He won by a single stroke from local member Andrew Long on 78. Nigel Turner was third with a 79. Long’s scratch score of 78 gave him a net score of 66 – a great round from the 12 handicapper. The Super Seniors was won by SA senior stalwart from The Vines, Nigel Coles with 80 on a count back from the ever consistent Chris Claxton from Blackwood. Tea Tree Gully Seniors 58 players hit off in the Tea Tree Gully Masters on a wonderfully conditioned course. Local Tea Tree Gully member John Davey played well all day and his even par round of 71 gave him a comfortable four- stroke winning margin. He defeated another Tea Tree Gully member, the ever consistent Norm Cordina on 75. Cordina is the reigning SA Senior Order of Merit champion. In third place was another local Phil Smith on 78. The Super Seniors section was won by John Anderson from Flagstaff Hill and a stalwart of SA senior golf with a fine round of 76. He defeated Allan Cooper from Mt Osmond on 82. The handicap section saw Mark Griffiths from Grange victorious with 72 defeating Blackwood’s Keith Parry Jones on a countback. The South Australian Senior season enjoys a winter a winter break before the action resumes at Glenelg Golf Club on 22nd August. This is the beginning of a run of events on top quality courses including Royal Adelaide, Grange and Kooyonga, before the South Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Victor Harbour from September 5 – 7 . NATIONAL Golf Australia vs ADFGA Each year, a Golf Australia Senior Team contests a match against the Australian Defence Forces team. The event is played over two days, with foursomes and four-ball matches on day one, and singles matches on day two. This year the venue was once again The National Golf Club with all games played on the Ocean Course. Day one began with warm weather and just enough wind to make the players focus on every shot. As always The National was presented in wonderful condition. After the fourball and foursomes matches the scores were Golf Australia 6.5 points and the ADFGA 5.5 points giving the Golf Australia team a one-point lead. Day two saw twelve individual matches played in very strong winds coming from the opposite direction to day one. At times the winds gusted to almost gale force providing a real test for all the players. It was the younger and stronger ADF players who handled the tough conditions best winning the singles day by 8 matches to 4 matches. This gave the ADFGA an overall winning score of 13.5 matches to 10.5 matches and they reclaimed the title that the Golf Australia team had won in 2015. For Golf Australia the two debutant women performed very well. Queenslander Josie Ryan finished with 2 points and Australia’s top-rated senior woman Jacqui Morgan earned1.5 points from their three matches. Bronwyn Mullins represented the ADFGA very well earning two valuable points for her team. Simon Bracegirdle was undefeated for the GA team while Rod Smylie matched this feat for the ADF. Once again it was a memorable experience for everyone who participated in this prestigious event. The golf course was sensational as was the hospitality shown by all the staff and members of The National Golf Club. The formal dinner on Monday night featured several presentations from ADFGA members that highlighted the work they are currently doing in the national armed services. Brigadier Paul Nothard (A.M . CSC) gave a very interesting overview of his role in the armed services as part of his welcoming address. 2016 Golf Australia Seniors and the ADFGA teams at The National Golf Club. WESTERN AUSTRALIA Royal Perth Senior Amateur West Australian Dennis Warburton was the winner of the inaugural Royal Perth Senior Open played over 36 holes on this traditional and challenging golf course. Royal Perth member John Banting held the overnight lead with his opening round of 74 while Warburton was a stroke behind with his score of 75. In a close finish Warburton’s rounds of 75-75 for a 36-hole total of 150 were just enough to edge out Banting (74-77=151) and Neville Delane (80-71-151) by a single stroke. Neville Delane had the round of the tournament with his closing 71 that saw him almost snatch a dramatic win. West Australian Senior Amateur Championship Paul Chappell and Sharon Dawson were the winners of the 2016 WA Senior Amateur Championships played at Melville Glades Golf Club. After a blistering opening round of two-under-par 70, Chappell finished a comfortable 6-shot winner. His rounds of 70- 75-75 proved he is definitely a new senior golfer to watch when he travels to the eastern states for more senior tournaments. Chappell defeated Australia’s current number one ranked senior Victorian Greg Rhodes who was consistent with his rounds of 75-75- 76. West Australian John Banting was another stroke away in third place after his rounds of 76-75-76. This was Chappell’s first Australian Senior Ranking title having recently reached the qualifying age of 55. As a senior Chappell has continued to win on the WA open amateur circuit with wins at the Rockingham Bowl and the Hartfield Open since turning 55. In the Women’s Championship Lake Karrinyup’s Sharon Dawson started the final round just one shot ahead of Alison Eather. Dawson, the current Australian and New Zealand Senior Amateur Champion, then came to the fore in difficult conditions. Her rounds of 86-79-82 gave her a six shot margin over Janine Northrop of Melville Glades in second with Eather ( WA Golf Club) finishing third. Dave Limbach, Denis Dale and Col Kenning – top three in the NSW Veteran’s Strokeplay Championship. NSW Veterans Strokeplay Championship Twin Creeks golfer Denis Dale (71-72- 72=215) won the 2016 NSW Veteran’s Strokeplay Championship. He completed the 54-hole tournament played on three different courses with a par round of 72 on the Stonecutter’s Ridge course. Dale had led the defending champion Colin Kenning (Kiama 72-73-81=226) by one stroke after an opening round of 71 at the Richmond Golf Club. He increased it to a two-stroke lead after the second round when he recorded an even-par score of 72 at Penrith. With his par round on the final day at Stonecutter’s Ridge he had led all the way and eventually won the title by ten strokes. Dale did struggle early in his final round but finished strongly being four under par for the final ten holes. Second place went to Penrith senior David Limbach (75-77-73=225) who carded a final round 73 that saw him edge out Col Kenning for the runner-up prize. Limbach’s golf on the final day was exceptional and could easily have been much lower if the birdie putts had dropped. Kenning finished in third place in a very good attempt to make it a total of five NSW Vet’s Championships. His record of four titles is still a very impressive one. Dale received a replica of the Des Coady Shield for his win plus the winner’s prize. He also had the rare achievement of recording the best round on every day of the three-day competition. Each individual daily event also accumulated points for the 2016 NSW Senior Order of Merit competition. Dale received the maximum available points each day and now takes over the lead from Stefan Albinski in this year-long competition. Pennant Hills Seniors A good field of 59 senior golfers were rewarded with a beautifully presented course and an even better day for the playing of the 2016 Pennant Hills Seniors Cup. The overall winner was Concord senior Grant Wilson with an even par round of 71. The four-marker played some great golf and was a two shot winner from a group of three golfers on 73 - Richard Greville (Magenta Shores), Greg Wilson (Pennant Hills) and Denis Dale ( Twin Creeks). Gungahlin Lakes Seniors 50 senior men enjoyed another great day at the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club. Local member Les Molloy was the winner with an excellent round of two-over-par 74. He defeated Gold Creek’s Bill Banks who finished with a score of 78 and Grange senior Ward Hummerston third on 79. Royal Sydney Seniors A highlight of the NSW Senior Order of Merit competition every year is the Royal Sydney Invitational Senior Medal. The field is restricted to the Top 40 performers on the Order of Merit table from the previous year plus additional invitees. Royal Sydney was in wonderful condition although the rough was certainly more demanding than usual as the club begins the year-long preparation for the 2016 Australian Open to be played at this iconic course later this year. In keeping with tradition the event was played from the championship tees – the same course setup as will be used for the Australian Open. In fact, with some very tight and demanding pins many players thought it may have been even harder than the setup the pros will find. Either way, it was a real challenge with most wishing they could add a little of Adam Scott’s or Rory McIlroy’s length off the tee. This year the course was the real winner with only two golfers managing to break 80. The winner was Twin Creeks senior Denis Dale with his round of 78. Dale played solidly and only bogies on the final four holes stopped a very impressive round. Runner- up went to the consistent Ken Brewer from Concord with his round of 79. Brewer also reported letting a few slip away late in his round. Next on “even par” 80 were Mark Pearson (Mona Vale), Peter Stephens (Concord) and Rick Allison (Camden Valley). Bonnie Doon Seniors Denis Dale continued his recent string of victories in NSW Senior Order of Merit events with a win in the 2016 Bonnie Doon Senior Amateur Cup. This event is always played on Easter Monday and this year attracted a field of over 60 senior golfers. Rain threatened all day but did not arrive and the pleasant conditions made good scoring possible. Dale ( Twin Creeks) was the defending champion having won in 2015. This year he had a par round of 71 on the testing layout to record a two-stroke winning margin over Steve Stanton (Bankstown) and Ken Brewer (Concord). St Michael’s senior Steve Gibson showed a return to his best form with a round of 74 to finish alone in fourth place. Dale has now won the last 5 NSW Senior Order of Merit events with his victories at Royal Sydney, Richmond, Penrith, Stonecutter’s Ridge and Bonnie Doon.
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