Inside Golf : Inside Golf August 2014
seniors www.insidegolf.com.au | August 2014 61 The Queensland PresCare Senior Order of Merit competition has passed the half way stage and at the end of July 26 of the 46 events had been completed. In its second season the competition is growing steadily with many fields showing a good increase on the 2013 numbers. Queensland Senior Order of Merit: Consistent high quality golf this season has allowed Nudgee senior Mario La Chiusa to take a commanding lead in the 2014 Queensland PresCare Senior Order of Merit competition. With 1125 points from his best eight events La Chiusa leads Keperra’s Lindsay Brown by 170 points. Steve Toyne (Nudgee) is the big mover on the table and he has moved into third place from seven events. In the 2014 Women’s Senior Order of Merit Margaret Emerson from Nudgee leads on 875 points with club mate Elizabeth Moran exactly 100 points behind her in second place. Also sharing second place is Wendy O’Connell from the North Lakes club. O’Connell won this competition in 2013 and is well placed to again challenge for the title as the season continues. Caloundra: A record field of close to 80 seniors lined up for the Caloundra Golf Club’s Senior Cup. The course was in top rate condition and enjoyed by all. Nudgee visitor Steve Toyne was the winner with an excellent round of 73. He defeated fellow Nudgee member Mario La Chiusa by two strokes with Keperra’s Lindsay Brown next on 76. Local member Dick Kamen had the best handicap round with a very good 39 Stableford points from his 24 handicap. Twin Water’s golfer Rosie Glasson won the women’s scratch event with a nice round of 85. Half Moon Bay: It was a women’s only event at the challenging Half Moon Bay Golf club described by the locals as “the friendliest golf course this side of paradise”. Local member Marion Wright was the winner with her score of 85 being five better than Cairns Golf Club member Ruth Yelland. Marilyn Barners was the handicap winner with Jeanette Gilliver taking out the Over 65 trophy. Burleigh: Located on the Queensland Gold Coast the Burleigh club is a championship quality course with a QUEENSLAND La Chiusa takes lead in Senior Order of Merit 2014 Queensland PresCare Senior Order of Merit Men’s Scratch Player Club Events Best 8 1 Mario La Chiusa Nudgee 12 1125 2 Lindsay Brown Keperra 11 955 3 Steve Toyne Nudgee 7 870 3 Stephen Rowley Nudgee 7 845 4 Neil King Gailes 14 830 NSW Senior Order of Merit goes ‘Country’ This year the NSW Senior Order of Merit competition has 45 events and at the end of July 28 of these were completed leaving 17 events still to be played. Consistent with the Golf NSW policy of expanding senior golf throughout the state many of these remaining events will be held on non-metropolitan courses. Already tournaments have been held on some wonderful regional and country venues - Belmont, Tuncurry, Gungahlin Lakes, Bowral, Duntry League, Wollongong, Coffs Harbour, Bonville and Ocean Shores. Oatlands: 83 players enjoyed a beautifully prepared course for the 2014 Oatlands Seniors. The fairways were well defined, the course setup was friendly for the senior field and the greens were typical of Oatlands running smooth and fast. The winner was Australia’s leading senior amateur Stefan Albinski with an even par round of 70. Albinski also won this event in 2012 and now has the impressive record of having won both the Oatlands Senior Cup and the Oatlands Cup (1998). Runner up and just a stroke behind was Graeme Howland from Penrith. Howland did not start well and was five over par after his first five holes but then produced some sensational golf to record five birdies with a late dropped shot meaning he was to fall one stroke short of victory. The Over 65s was won by Twin Creeks senior Denis Dale (73) with the runner up prize going to Nick Dunn from The Australian (77). The handicap competition saw Ross Liddle from Magenta Shores defeat Mark Stannard from Oatlands on a countback after both players had returned nett scores of two under par 68. 2014 NSW Senior Order of Merit Player Club Events Best 14 1 Greg Stanford Mona Vale 18 1469 2 Denis Dale Twin Creeks 17 1431 3 Dale Tapper Bayview 14 1392 4 Paul Day Kooindah Waters 14 1217 5 Tom Yates Bexley 13 1114 Pymble: A field of 78 seniors had the pleasure of playing the well-respected Pymble course presented in outstanding condition. The winner with a score of 76 was local member Frank Mellish who was playing in his first Senior Order of Merit event. The local scratch marker played some wonderful golf and it was only a four putt green and three more 3 putts that prevented him recording a sensational round. Richard Greville (Avondale) recorded his best finish for the year and he was the runner up after a good round of 77. He defeated the always consistent Dale Tapper (Bayview) on a countback. The Over 65’s was won by Twin Creeks’ member Denis Dale with a round of 77 while Bexley’s Tom Yates was the runner up with a score of 82. The handicap winner was Chatswood senior Ian Harber with a net score of 74 from his handicap of 12. A stroke behind was Castle Hill’s Trevor Amery (handicap 6) with a net score of 75. NSW Senior Order of Merit: Mona Vale’s Greg Stanford continues to hold the lead in the year-long Senior Order of Merit competition. With a total of 1469 points he leads Denis Dale (Twin Creeks) by 38 points with Dale Tapper (Bayview) close up on 1392 points. Denis Dale leads the Over 65 competition with 1431 points from Kooindah Waters senior Paul Day on 1217 points and Tom Yates (Bexley) in third place on 1114 points. ‘woodland’ type forest front nine followed by a ‘sandbelt’ type heath back nine. The results saw a repeat of the Caloundra Seniors with Nudgee member Steve Toyne recording an outstanding round of one under par 70 to defeat his club mate Mario La Chiusa by two strokes. Coolangatta Tweed’s Dave Morrison was next on 75. Burleigh member Don Wood had the best handicap round with 38 Stableford points. The leading women’s score came from Burleigh member Cheryl Wood with a Stableford score of 33 points. Coolangatta Tweed: Both the River and West courses at the 36 hole complex are challenging and this year a quality field of 44 seniors enjoyed their round on the River course. The winner after an outstanding round of even par 72 was local member Rod Dale. The one handicapper played solidly all day and his round included just the two birdies and two bogies. A stroke behind was Nudgee’s Mario La Chiusa who continued his excellent recent form that sees him on top of the Queensland Senior Order of Merit. Caloundra visitor Dick Kamen made the trip south very worthwhile in winning the handicap competition with a score of 37 Stableford points. Robert Ind (Coolangatta) and Tony Irvine (Southport) were next on 36 points. With 65 year old Rod Dale winning the overall championship the Over 65’s competition went to the club captain at Coolangatta Tweed, Dave Morrison, with a score of 77 edging out clubmate Dave Marshall by a stroke. Jean White from Nudgee had the low round in the women’s scratch section with a score of 93. Full results and details www.golfqueensland.org.au More information: www.golfnsw.org Rod Dale – winner of the 2014 Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Senior Cup. 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