Christchurch senior Martin Holman (pictured left) has won the 2015 New Zealand Senior Amateur Championship played at the Nelson Golf Club. In a tense final round Holman battled all day with the defending champion Michael Barltrop (pictured right) before finishing a one stroke winner.
Holman finished even par after 54 holes with the highlight being his round of four under par 67 in the middle round to split his opening and closing scores of 73. His 73-67-73=213 total edged out Barltrop who finished with scores of 71-69-74=214. An excellent win to Holman and a valiant attempt by Barltrop to make it back-to-back titles.
Third place went to local member Craig Newman with consistent scores of 71-71-73=215. United States visitor Rick Woulfe (76-73-67=216) and Gulf Harbour senior Reginald Fleet (74-72-70=216) shared fourth place.
The leading Australian was current Australian Senior Amateur Champion Gordon Claney who finished in sixth position. Claney's round were 75-69-74=218. Other Australians competing were Sam Christie (QLD), Geoff Davey (QLD), Col Lindsay (QLD) and Bob Wiesemes (QLD).
213 Holman, Martin - Christchurch - 73-67-73
214 Barltrop, Michael - Royal Auckland 71-69-74
215 Newman, Craig - Nelson - 71-71-73
216 Woulfe, Rick - USA - 76-73-67
216 Fleet, Reginals - Gulf Harbour - 74-72-70
218 Claney, Gordon - Australia - 75-69-74
219 Chettleburgh, Anthony - Palmerston - 73-74-72
219 Duff, Stuart - Hastings - 76-70-73
221 Parkin, Arthur - Maungakiekie - 71-75-75
221 Bell, Robbie - Ashburton - 73-73-75
221 Sanders, John - Christchurch - 74-72-75
221 Martin, Murray - New Plymouth - 73-71-77
229 Christie, Sam - Australia - 76-78-75
232 Lindsay, Col - Australia - 79-7578
Golf New Zealand Website Report:
The final round of the New Zealand Seniors championship at the Nelson Golf Club proved to be a two horse race between Martin Holman (Christchurch) and defending champion Michael Barltrop (Royal Auckland) with Holman hanging on to win his most important seniors title.
The two players could not be separated through the first eleven holes, until a par, par, bogey run from the 12th to 14th holes which were playing more difficult in the afternoon breeze, were good enough to give Holman a three stroke lead. Although he made two late bogeys, he had the luxury of taking two putts from a short distance on the 18th green in front of many of his peers to win the national title.
Local member Craig Newman completed an excellent tournament but never threatened at any stage in the final round. Down the stretch, when his playing partners Holman and Barltrop were dropping shots, he made solid pars and managed to hold on to the bronze medal position.
The best round of the day belonged to American Rick Woulfe who closed with a four under par 67 to finish in a tie for fourth and easily win the 65-69 age division.
Due to their performance six players earned an automatic place in the New Zealand team to play for the Sanctuary Cove Trophy in July. They were; Michael Barltrop, Reg Fleet (Gulf Harbour), Robbie Bell (Ashburton), Murray Martin (New Plymouth), John Sanders (Christchurch) and Arthur Parkin (Maungakiekie)
The championship featured 145 senior players aged at least 50 years and the announcement of Paraparaumu Beach as next year’s venue was met with much enthusiasm as the tournament goes from strength to strength.
The major prize winners were:
NZ Seniors Champion & best 60-64 division: Martin Holman (Christchurch) 73, 67, 73 213
Runner up & best 55-59 division: Michael Barltrop (Royal Auckland) 71, 69, 74 214
Third & best 50-54 division: Craig Newman (Nelson) 71, 71, 73 215
Best 65-69 division: Rick Woulfe (USA) 76, 73, 67 216
Best 70+ division: Bruce Stevens (Nelson) 78, 81, 79 238
Winner 54 hole nett: Gordon Wylde (North Shore) 70, 72, 68 210
Second 54 hole nett: Ian Hart (Titirangi) 73, 67, 72 212
Third 54 hole nett: Barry Johnston (Clearwater) 66, 72, 74 212