2015 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
January 19-21, 2015

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Michael Barltrop
2015 Winner
Michael Barltrop NZ
Bill Banks
2014 Winner
Bill Banks ACT
Rick Oliver
2013 Winner
Rick Oliver NSW

Kiwi Michael Barltrop wins the 2015 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic

Round 3 Report:



Royal MelbourneNew Zealander Michael Barltrop (73-78-76=227) has won the 2015 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic played over three rounds on the East, West and Composite courses of Royal Melbourne.

Carrying a one stroke lead into the final round Barltrop was dominant in his victory eventually winning by seven strokes. His final round of 76 made him the only player in a strong field of 108 players to break 80 in every round.

In recent years Barltrop has been a regular traveller to Australia to compete in senior events. He is a top quality senior golfer and has always figured in the finish of these events but this is his first victory and one he will certainly be very proud of. Hopefully he will be continue to compete in Australia and challenge our leading players.

Second place went to Victorian Greg Rhodes (81-78-75=234). Rhodes closed with an excellent round of 75 and the relative newcomer to senior golf is not far from a major win. Third place was shared by two Victorians - Gordon Claney (79-81-77=237) and Bernard Bicketon (76-76-85=237).

Gordon Claney is the current Australian Senior Amateur champion and continued his impressive golf that has been a feature of Australian senior ranking events over the last twelve months. Newcomer Bickerton slipped back in the third round but his pair of 76's to begin the tournament show that he is a senior player to watch.

Leading Scores:

227   BARLTROP Michael   73 - 78 - 76   NZL
234   RHODES Gregory   81 - 78 - 75   VIC
237   CLANEY Gordon   79 - 81 - 77   VIC
237   BICKERTON Bernard   76 - 76 - 85   VIC
238   MCDONALD David   78 - 81 - 79   VIC
238   CORDINA Norm   83 - 74 - 81   SA
239   LIMBACH David   85 - 77 - 77   NSW
239   EVANS Alan   87 - 74 - 78   VIC
239   HOWLAND Graeme   77 - 84 - 78   NSW
240   MARR Glenn   78 - 81 - 81   VIC
240   TOYNE Steve   77 - 82 - 81   QLD
240   FROST Ian   83 - 76 - 81   VIC
241   SKEHAN Kevin   79 - 77 - 85   VIC
242   BRACEGIRDLE Simon   82 - 86 - 74   NSW
242   LEITCH Michael   83 - 81 - 78   NZL
242   NTOUMENOPOULOS John   80 - 83 - 79   WA
242   MCPHERSON Ian   83 - 79 - 80   WA
242   EASTE Gary   83 - 79 - 80   VIC
242   BALLARD Sal   80 - 79 - 83   NSW
242   DUNSMORE Michael   75 - 81 - 86   WA
243   OLIVER Rick   82 - 80 - 81   NSW
243   HAROLD Thomas   81 - 79 - 83   NT
243   ROGERS Russell   77 - 81 - 85   NSW

Round 2 Report:



Royal MelbourneNew Zealander Michael Barltrop has maintained his lead after the second round of the 2015 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic was played on the East Course.

Barltrop followed his opening round of 74 with a round of 78 that contained 4 bogies, no birdies and a triple bogey 7 on the ninth. With a 36 hole total of 151 he holds a one stroke lead over Victorian Bernard Bickerton who has recorded consistent rounds of 76-76=152.

Bickerton's second round was a real mixture with a double bogey start, six more bogies and three valuable birdies to keep him at five over par for the round.

Following the leading pair and four strokes away is a group of three seniors on 156. Victorian Kevin Skehan (79-77=156) is one of only three golfers who have scored under 80 in each round. Also on 156 is West Australian Michael Dunmore (75-81=156) and ACT visitor Wayne Evans (76-80=156).

Royal Melbourne is a demanding course and with a big number always just around the corner the leaders will need to watch anyone on a total of 160 or less.

The tournament continues tomorrow when the field will take to the world famous Composite Course.

Leading Scores:

151   BARLTROP Michael   73 - 78 - 0   NZL
152   BICKERTON Bernard   76 - 76 - 0   VIC
156   SKEHAN Kevin   79 - 77 - 0   VIC
156   DUNSMORE Michael   75 - 81 - 0   WA
156   EVANS Wayne   76 - 80 - 0   ACT
157   CORDINA Norm   83 - 74 - 0   SA
158   ROGERS Russell   77 - 81 - 0   NSW
159   MARR Glenn   78 - 81 - 0   VIC
159   BULLAS Alan   77 - 82 - 0   VIC
159   TOYNE Steve   77 - 82 - 0   QLD
159   MCDONALD David   78 - 81 - 0   VIC
159   FROST Ian   83 - 76 - 0   VIC
159   BANTING John   79 - 80 - 0   WA
159   BALLARD Sal   80 - 79 - 0   NSW
159   RHODES Gregory   81 - 78 - 0   VIC
160   TURNER Gregory   79 - 81 - 0   NSW
160   HAROLD Thomas   81 - 79 - 0   NT
160   HANSEN Andrew   80 - 80 - 0   VIC
160   HUNT Gary   81 - 79 - 0   VIC
160   CLANEY Gordon   79 - 81 - 0   VIC


Round 1 Report:



Michael BarltropNew Zealander Michael Barltrop is the round one leader in the 2015 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic that began today using the West Course.

Royal Melbourne’s famed greens were at their firm and fast best which saw many of field struggle.Sixteen of the field of 108 managed to break 80. At the conclusion of round one, it was Barltrop representing Royal Auckland, who fired the round of the day - a one over par 73 to lead the field by two shots. Barltrop's round included four birdies.

Michael Dunsmore of Hartfield Golf Club (WA) is in hot pursuit after a solid round of 75 and he also leads the nett component on a countback after round one with a nett 72. Dunsmore's round was highlighted by an eagle on the par five twelfth hole.

Bernie Bickerton of Yarra Yarra & Wayne Evans of Royal Canberra (ACT) are also in the hunt after rounds of 76 in equal third place. In second place in the nett component is the Championship round one gross leader Barltrop with John Keller of Hilltop in third on a countback with both posting nett scores of 72.

The tournament continues tomorrow as the field will take to the East Course followed by the Composite Course on Wednesday.

Leading Scores:

73    Michael Barltrop    Royal Auckland NZ
75    Michael Dunsmore    Hartfield WA
76    Wayne Evans    Royal Canberra ACT
76    Bernie Bickerton    Yarra Yarra VIC
77    Alan Bullas    Commonwealth VIC
77    Graeme Howland    Dunheved NSW
77    Steve Toyne    Nudgee QLD
77    Russell Rogers    Tura Beach NSW
77    John Keller    Hill Top VIC
78    David McDonald    Sandhurst VIC
78    Glenn Marr    Coomealla VIC
78    Michael Robinson    Joondalup WA
79    Kevin Skehan    Victoria VIC
79    Gregory Turner    Taree NSW
79    Gordon Claney    Kingston Heath VIC
79    John Banting    Royal Perth WA

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It is one the most anticipated events of the year and 2015 will be no different with another very strong field ready to line up for the 2015 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic. Played over 54 holes using the East, West and Composite courses it will again be fascinating to see how well the field handles the testing greens of the iconic courses.

It is very hard to pick a winner but among the main chances will be Victorians Gordon Claney, Ian Frost, Mick Asami, Gary Easte, Greg Rhodes, Alan Bullas, Ross Gordon and interstate and international visitors Rick Oliver (2013 winner - NSW), Arthur Kania (USA), Paul Maslen (NSW), Sam Christie (QLD), Darryl Whitehead (ACT), Steve Toyne (QLD), Mike Peeck (QLD), Michael Barltrop (NZ), Graeme Howland (NSW), Arthur Parkin (NZ), John Banting (WA), Ian McPherson (WA), Roy Vandersluis (NSW), David Limbach (NSW) and Sal Ballard (NSW).

First played in 2013, the Royal Melbourne Senior Classic is one of three National Ranking Senior Events played in Victoria each year. The Championship offers players aged 55 and over with the unique opportunity to play the West Course, East Course and then Composite Course as part of the 54-hole format. In 2015, the 108 players in the starting field originated from 85 different clubs from all over Australia and overseas.

Golf Victoria extends sincere thanks to Royal Melbourne Golf Club for staging. All three courses were presented in superb condition with all players and officials greatly appreciating the commitment of the members, the committee and the club and ground staff.

Royal Melbourne’s commitment to senior golf sees the club hosting the Royal Melbourne Senior Amateur over 18-holes on Friday 14 August as part of the week-long Melbourne ‘Sandbelt Swing” of senior events. Entry forms will be available in June for 18-hole events at Yarra Yarra, Kingston Heath, Victoria, Royal Melbourne, Metropolitan and Commonwealth commencing on Monday 10 August. With the maximum field set at 108 starters it meant more than 50 senior golfers did not survive the handicap ballot which this year was 4.9.

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