|31. Trevor Box||8. Ian McPherson||24th|
|6. Vince Clark||19th||5. Sal Ballard|
|3. Michael Barltrop||4. Steve Toyne||3&2|
|1. Barry Tippett||26. Mark Pearson||4&3|
|22. Darryl Whitehead||19th||9. Greg Rhodes|
|13. David Limbach||23. Martin Minogue||4&3|
|18. Mick Streit||16. Trevor Hughes||1up|
|14. Alan Bullas||7&6||12. Denis Dale|
|28. Graeme Howland||10. Ian Frost||1up||19. Greg Stanford||32. Dave Morrison||2up|
|2. Stefan Albinski||4&3||25. Tony Kennings|
|20. Mike Peeck||2up||11. Col Hallam|
|7. John Banting||5&4||21. Darryl Hearsch|
|27. Michael Dunsmore||4&3||24. Harry Crosby|
|15. John Wheeler||29. Phil Towle||2up|
|30 Ross Banks||17. Chris Gordon||5&4|
|5. Sal Ballard||2dn*||8. Ian McPherson||2up*|
|6. Vince Clark||31. Trevor Box||3&2|
|4. Steve Toyne||3&2||1. Barry Tippett|
|3. Michael Barltrop||19th||6. Mark Pearson|
|13. David Limbach||9. Greg Rhodes||4&3|
|16. Trevor Hughes||1up||12. Denis Dale|
|22. Darryl Whitehead||1up||23. Martin Minogue|
|14. Alan Bullas||18. Mick Streit||3&2|
|32. Dave Morrison||28. Graeme Howland||5&4|
|20. Mike Peeck||25. Tony Kennings||20th|
|19. Greg Stanford||10. Ian Frost||3&1|
|2. Stefan Albinski||1up||11. Col Hallam|
|21. Darryl Hearsch||20th||24. Harry Crosby|
|29. Phil Towle||4&2||17. Chris Gordon|
|27. Michael Dunsmore||7. John Banting||5&4|
|30 Ross Banks||15. John Wheeler||5&3|
ROUND THREE REPORT
The main interest was in the top eight who were playing off for a position in the semi finals later in the afternoon. 2013 champion Ian McPherson kept his hopes alive for a second title with a 3&1 win over the 2014 runner-up Barry Tippett. Sal Ballard won his match against Queenslander Steve Toyne on the last hole and he will now play McPherson in the first semi final.
He wasn't even in the field on Friday but no-one told Trevor Box he was a long-shot to win the title and he is now in the second semi final after defeating NSW senior Mark Pearson at the 19th hole. Proving age is no barrier it was another "Super Senior", Vince Clark, who made it through to play Trevor Box in the semi-final. Clark was impressive in defeating Kiwi champion Michael Barltrop 4&3. Clark played some great golf and prevented Barltrop from winning even one hole.
All the remaining 24 seniors continued in the consolation draw where the competition is still keen and many ongoing rivalries are played out on the course. Perhaps the best match was between Stefan Albinski and Ian Frost who have been selected in the Australian team to play New Zealand in July. In a close battle it required two extra holes before Frost took the honours with a great birdie.
Big hitting ACT senior Darryl Whitehead was too good for Alan Bullas and WA senior Harry Crosby claimed his first win defeating Chris Gordon on the 19th hole.
MAIN DRAW 1. Barry Tippett 8. Ian McPherson 3&1 4. Steve Toyne 5. Sal Ballard 1 up 31. Trevor Box 19th 26. Mark Pearson 3. Michael Barltrop 6. Vince Clark 4&3 CONSOLATION MATCHES 16. Trevor Hughes 9. Greg Rhodes 4&3 13. David Limbach CON# 12. Denis Dale 18. Mick Streit 23. Martin Minogue 2&1 14. Alan Bullas 22. Darryl Whitehead 4&3 32. Dave Morrison 2&1 25. Tony Kennings 20. Mike Peeck 28. Graeme Howland 4&3 2. Stefan Albinski 10. Ian Frost 20th 19. Greg Stanford 2&1 11. Col Hallam 17. Chris Gordon 24. Harry Crosby 19th 29. Phil Towle 21. Darryl Hearsch 3&2 15. John Wheeler 7. John Banting 4&3 30 Ross Banks 27. Michael Dunsmore 3&2
# - match conceded
ROUND TWO REPORT
Round two matches were played in the afternoon with the weather again perfect for golf.
The eight matches in the main draw were very evenly paired and as is often the case in top level senior golf it was very hard to predict the winners. The top match between number one seed Barry Tippett and the highly rated West Australian Trevor Hughes was a close affair before Tippett won on the seventeenth hole. 2013 champion Ian McPherson battled all day with Victorian Greg Rhodes with victory finally coming to McPherson on the last hole. Queenslander Steve Toyne was too good for NSW senior David Limbach winning 3&2. In a battle between fellow NSW players Sal Ballard was far too good for Denis Dale winning 3&2.
Surprise round one winner Trevor Box continued in his giant killer role with a devastating 7&5 win over Victorian Mick Streit. Box was again under par and is certainly enjoying his late inclusion in the field. Long hitting Mark Pearson came from 3 down with 4 to play to eventually edge out WA senior Martin Minogue on the 21st hole. Kiwi Michael Barltrop was impressive in defeating Alan Bullas 4&3 while Vince Clark was his usual consistent self in his 4&2 win over ACT golfer Darryl Whitehead.
In the consolation matches for the round one losers Graeme Howland was on fire shooting five birdies without a bogey in defeating Darryl Hearsch 7&5.
There are now 8 undefeated players and they continue in the main draw on the path towards this prestigious national title. All the remaining 24 players have lost at least one match and they continue in the Consolation Draw with each match important for the final placings and valuable senior ranking points.
MAIN DRAW 1. Barry Tippett 2&1 16. Trevor Hughes 8. Ian McPherson 1up 9. Greg Rhodes 4. Steve Toyne 3&2 13. David Limbach 5. Sal Ballard 3&2 12. Denis Dale 18. Mick Streit 31. Trevor Box 7&5 23. Martin Minogue 26. Mark Pearson 21st 3. Michael Barltrop 4&3 14. Alan Bullas 6. Vince Clark 4&2 22. Darryl Whitehead CONSOLATION MATCHES 17. Chris Gordon 32. Dave Morrison 3&1 24. Harry Crosby 25. Tony Kennings 2&1 20. Michael Peeck 3&1 29. Phil Towle 21. Darryl Hearsch 28. Graeme Howland 7&6 2. Stefan Albinski 4&3 15. John Wheeler 7. John Banting 10. Ian Frost 3&1 19. Greg Stanford 3&1 30. Ross Banks 11. nbsp; Col Hallam 1up 27. Michael Dunsmore
ROUND ONE REPORT
The 2015 Australian Senior Amateur Matchplay Championships began today at Coolangatta Tweed Head Golf Club with a strong field that included 22 of the top twenty five players in the Australian Senior Ranking list. All the players are in the top 50. The weather was perfect and with the greens freshly rolled and cut all golfers were ready for a great day of matchplay competition.
The main surprise from the Round One morning matches was the defeat of Stefan Albinski (three times Australian Senior Matchplay champion) by Queenslander Trevor Box. In an impressive display Box was under par in winning 4&3. Most of the other round one matches went with the seedings although NSW senior Mark Pearson did defeat the number seven seed John Banting 3&1 and top WA senior Martin Minogue won over Victorian star Ian Frost 2&1. Leading New Zealand senior Michael Barltrop opened his quest for an Australian title with a good 4&3 win over Ross Banks.
The day's longest match was between Queenslanders Steve Toyne and Phil Towle with victory going to Toyne at the 19th. Earlier Towle had fought back to win the final three holes and square the match after eighteen.
MAIN DRAW ..... 1. Barry Tippett 4&3 32. Dave Morrison 16. Trevor Hughes 3&2 17. Chris Gordon 8. Ian McPherson 3&2 25. Tony Kennings 9. Greg Rhodes 5&4 24. Harry Crosby 4. Steve Toyne 19th 29. Phil Towle 13. David Limbach 3&2 20. Michael Peeck 5. Sal Ballard 3&2 28. Graeme Howland 12. Denis Dale 1up 21. Darryl Hearsch 2. Stefan Albinski 31. Trevor Box 4&3 15 John Wheeler 18. Mick Streit 4&3 7. John Banting 26. Mark Pearson 3&1 10 Ian Frost 23. Martin Minogue 2&1 3. Michael Barltrop 4&3 30. Ross Banks 14 Alan Bullas 6&5 19. Greg Stanford 6. Vince Clark 4&3 27. Michael Dunsmore 11 Col Hallam 22. Darryl Whitehead 3&2
June has been an empty month for most years but 2015 will be different with the rescheduling of the 2015 Australian Senior Matchplay Championship to be played from June 15-17. The Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club will again be the host after their very successful running of the tournament in 2014.
2014 winner Brian Sams defeated a strong field to claim his first national title and he is sure to return to a course that is now one of his favourites. As it carries a national title and many ranking points most of Australia’s top senior golfers are sure to include the Matchplay when planning their 2015 golfing calendar.
Club captain Dave Morrison advises that the Coolangatta Tweed course is definitely in its best condition in the middle of the year and he looks forward to another bigger and better and successful event. He also advised that Coolangatta Tweed and Golf Australia have agreed that they will host the event for the next three years.
This is the only Matchplay championship on the senior calendar and it is will attract a top quality field. Players are seeded for the draw on the basis of their current Australian rankings. The warm weather of sunny Queensland and the very good golf course make this a very welcome addition to the June calendar.