Qingdao Golf Club, China
October 14-16, 2015

2015 Report:

Eduardo Bagtas wins individual title and Kiwis win teams event at the Asia Pacific Seniors Championship


imageNew Zealand won the teams event at the 2015 Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Championship being played at the Nanshan Hot Springs Golf Club near Qingdao, China.

A great final round of two under par 70 by New Zealand's Frank Borren was the highlight in a very strong team effort. The individual championship saw the runaway leader Eduardo Bagtas from The Philippines maintain his lead for a win over Frank Borren with another New Zealander Andrew McKechnie in third place.

imageThe Australian Kookaburras defeated the Australian Goannas for the International teams trophy for non official national teams.

Leading individual Scores

219 Eduardo Bagtas PHI 73 - 72 - 74
223 Frank Borren NZL 78 - 75 - 70
226 Andrew Mckechnie NZL 76 - 76 - 74
227 Takashi Kamei JPN 77 - 76 - 74
228 Peter King AUS 80 - 74 - 74
229 Stefan Albinski AUS 79 - 75 – 75, Shingo Matsumoto JPN - 79 73 – 77, Ian Frost AUS 77 - 77 - 75
230 Michael Barltrop NZL 77 - 76 - 77
231 Greg Rhodes AUS 78 - 80 - 73
232 Shogo Tsujita JPN 79 - 76 – 77, Barry Tippett AUS 78 - 78 - 76

All the results may still be available on this live link - 2015 Asia Pacific Live Scoring

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Final Individual Scores

Final Team Results


Australia has fallen back into third place after the second day's play in the 2015 Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Championship at the Nanshan Hot Springs Golf Club near Qingdao, China.

Ian McPherson WA

Japan has shown their skill and depth with every player scoring under 80 every day, the only country able to do this.

With just one round to go the Japanese team leads the Kiwis by four strokes and a further two more strokes to the Aussies. Looks like a dramatic finish tomorrow. It will take something special but the Aussies have the players to do it.

The individual leader continues to be Eduardo Bagtas from The Philippines who followed his opening round of 73 with an even par score of 72. His 145 total gives him a seven stroke lead over Andrew McKechnie (New Zealand) and Shingo Matsumoto (Japan) on 152. These two players fought out an epic 6-hole playoff for the 2014 title. Bagtas has had the best round each day and deserves his commanding lead.

The best Australians in a tie for seventh place are Stefan Albinski (79-75), Peter King (80-74), Peter McGregor (77-77 pictured relaxing above) and Ian Frost (77-77).

Japanese Team Scores: 310-301=611

New Zealand Team Scores: 310-305=615
76-76 Andrew McKechnie
77-76 Michael Barltrop
78-75 Frank Borren
79-79 Reg Fleet
79-84 Murray Martin
80-78 John Sanders

Australian Team Scores: 308-309=617
75-84 Ian McPherson
77-77 Ian Frost
78-80 Greg Rhodes
78-78 Barry Tippett
84-75 Gordon Claney
85-79 Sal Ballard

Leading Individual Scores:
145 Eduardo Bagtas 73-72
152 Andrew McKechnie 76-76, Shingo Masumoto 79-73
153 TAKASHI KAMEI 77-76, Frank Borren 78-75, Michael Barltrop 77-76
154 PETER MCGREGOR 77-77, Stefan Albinski 79-75, Peter King 80-74

Round 2 Scores

imageSeventeen Australians are in China ready to enjoy some wonderful golf and a holiday in this fascinating country.

imageToday is the official practice day with all players expected to test themselves on this championship layout. A few who arrived early are reporting that it is a very difficult course. More on this after today!

The Australians here for the event are:
Victoria - Greg Rhodes, Gordon Claney, Barry Tippett, Ian Frost, David Mallett

imageNSW - Sal Ballard, Stefan Albinski, Denis Dale, Darryl Hearsch,  Paul Harvey-Walker, Peter McGregor

Queensland - Mike Peeck, Peter King, Bob Wiesemes

South Australia - David Cherry, James Sweeney

West Australia -Ian McPherson


Golf Australia has announced the Australian team to contest the 2015 Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship to be played at Qingdao Linghai Hot Spring Golf Club in China.

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The six-man team to contest the event in 2015 is Sal Ballard (NSW), Gordon Claney (Vic), Ian Frost (Vic), Ian McPherson (WA), Greg Rhodes (Vic) and Barry Tippett (Vic).

At the time of team selection Gordon Claney from Victoria was ranked number one on the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Golf Rankings and has had a stellar 12 months winning the 2014 Australian Men’s Senior Amateur, the 2014 Victorian Senior Amateur and finishing third in the Royal Melbourne Senior Classic.

Fellow Victorian Barry Tippett was in second place on the rankings, after a number of second place finishes this year including the Lake Karrinyup Senior Classic, WA Senior Amateur, The National Senior Masters and NT Senior Amateur.

Ian McPherson from WA brings a wealth of experience to the team, having represented Australia in the Sanctuary Cove Trophy on numerous occasions. Ian was in third place on the rankings and took out the Australian Senior Men’s Match Play Championship in June.

Sal Ballard from NSW was a semi-finalist in the Australian Men’s Senior Match Play Championship going down to the eventual champion Ian McPherson. Sal was in fourth place on the rankings at selection time and has a number of top 10 finishes over the past twelve months in the 2014 Australian Senior Amateur, The National Senior Masters and ACT Senior Amateur.

The team also features two fresh faces with Greg Rhodes and Ian Frost from Victoria joining the team with outstanding performances showing they will be valuable assets to the team.

Greg Rhodes won the 2015 Australian Senior Amateur Championship, the NSW Senior Amateur, the Grange/Kooyonga Senior Open, finished runner-up in the Royal Melbourne Senior Classic and 5th place in The National Senior Classic. Ian Frost won the Qld Senior Amateur, the South Australian Senior Amateur and finished second in The National Senior Classic.

The Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship is played over 54-holes stroke play, and comprises an individual event with the team event in conjunction. In each round, the total of the four lowest scores constitutes the team score for the round. The three-day (54-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.

The event is organised by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation and more information can be found at the following link - 2015 Asia Pacific Senior Amateur Championship 

Course Photo All Entry and Information forms available under the ENTRY BUTTON above.

The Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship is conducted by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation. It is open to all golfers 55 years and over and is contested over 54-holes stroke play.

Australia has a very good record in the teams section of this tournament with recent team victories in 2008, 2010, 2011,2012 and 2014. Undoubtedly they will again face their strongest opposition from the New Zealand team .

Selection Criteria for the Official Australian 6-man Team:
Course Photo • Top four (4) players from the Australian Senior Rankings as at time of selection
• Two (2) players at the discretion of GA
The two players selected at the discretion of GA will be required to meet the following criteria:
i. Any player of outstanding ability who will have attained the age of 55 at the time of the event even if they have not played in any Australian Senior Ranking events should be considered for selection as a GA selection.
ii. A player cannot be a GA selection on more than two (2) consecutive occasions unless they are the Australian champion.

AUSOOM has arranged a two week tour of China to follow immediately after the Asia Pacific Golf. For more information see the story on the HOME page of the AUSOOM site.

Honourboard - Individual Champions

2015 Winner
Qingdao GC,
Shingo Masumoto
2014: Sh Matsumoto
Discovery Bay GC, Hong Kong
John Ambridge
2013: John Ambridge
Montgomerie Links GC, Vietnam
Denis Dale
2012: Denis Dale
Discovery Bay GC, Hong Kong
Peter King
2011: Peter King
Royal Perth GC, Australia
Taimur Amin
2010: Taimur Amin
Bangkok GC,
Stefan Albinski
2009: Stefan Albinski
Karambunai GC, Malaysia
Stefan Albinski
2008: Stefan Albinski
Karambunai GC, Malaysia
Tommy Namotoc
2007: Tommy Manotoc
The Philippines
Mt. Malaryat GC, The Philippines
Rodney Barltrop
2006: Rodney Barltrop
New Zealand
Moonah Links GC, Australia

Honourboard - Teams Champions

2015 Winner
Qingdao GC,
2014: Australia
Discovery Bay GC, Hong Kong
New Zealand
2013: New Zealand
Montgomerie Links GC, Vietnam
2012: Australia
Discovery Bay GC, Hong Kong
2011: Australia B
Royal Perth GC, Australia
2010: Australia
Bangkok GC,
New Zealand
2009: New Zealand
Karambunai GC, Malaysia
2008: Australia
Karambunai GC, Malaysia
The Philippines
2007: The Philippines
Mt. Malaryat GC, The Philippines
New Zealand
2006: New Zealand
Moonah Links GC, Australia
Images below from 2014 at Discovery Bay GC, Hong Kong

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