2015 South Australian Senior Amateur Championship
Links Lady Bay Golf Club
September 7-9, 2015

Ian Frost wins in Playoff

Round 3 Report

Ian Frost Victorian Ian Frost has won a very exciting 2015 South Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Links Lady Bay Golf Club.

Holding a three stroke lead overnight Frost fired a final round of 76 in a round that included four bogies and fourteen pars. While he was playing consistently fellow Victorian Gordon Claney was on fire with seven birdies in his round of three under par 69. That meant he had drawn level with Frost and a play off would be needed..

Report from KB (our on the course reporter and photographer):

ianfrostsa01"The final round was played in overcast conditions with a enough breeze to keep all players honest, especially after a morning shower left. The winner was decided on the third play off hole after Ian Frost and Gordon Claney had tied on a score of 227.

Whilst Frost had led going into this final round and had a solid 76, Claney came storming home with the best score of the event, a fine 69. The play off hole was the ninth, a very solid par four playing back into the breeze. Both parred the first time with Claney making a good up and down from the front right of the green and Frost making a solid two putt.

The second time both hit the green with Frost almost in the exact same position and he putted first - a good putt but not in the hole. Claney gave his shorter birdie putt a reasonable look at the hole without dropping. Both parred the hole so back to the tee.

The third time around Claney found an average lie just off the left edge of the fairway and from there short sided himself into the right hand bunker and facing an extremely difficult shot. Frost in the meantime played to just short of the green and lagged his putt beautifully to inches from the hole. Claney came out of the bunker but was unable to make his par.

Victory at the third play off hole to Ian Frost. A just reward for his solid play through the three rounds on a course which was not easy and greens that proved a handful.

In third place was Chris Gordon on 233 with a good 75 in the last round to pip on a count back local Nigel Turner also with a 75 and the defending champion John Banting who faded with a 79.

Whilst the weather was cool and breezy on all three days, the scores reflected the challenge the course presented, especially the large and undulating greens. To Links Lady Bay for the way the course was presented a big thank you, along with the spotters on a couple of holes where they were needed. Let's not forget the Golf SA personnel who made it all happen."

Leading Scores:

* 227   FROST Ian   75 - 76 - 76
227   CLANEY Gordon   80 - 78 - 69
233   TURNER Nigel   83 - 75 - 75, GORDON Christopher   81 - 77 - 75, BANTING John   78 - 76 - 79
234   BULLAS Alan   80 - 77 - 77
235   CORDINA Norm   79 - 79 - 77
236   HANNAH Peter   79 - 79 - 78
238   PHILLIPS Rod   76 - 82 - 80
239   DAVEY John   78 - 84 - 77
241   WHEELER John   82 - 78 - 81, THORNLEY Keith   79 - 80 - 82
242   COOPER David   83 - 83 - 76
243   MILLER Martin   82 - 82 - 79, WINSLOW William   81 - 83 - 79, LIMBACH David   80 - 83 - 80, SCOPACASA Joseph   85 - 77 - 81
243   SKINNER Geoffrey   79 - 83 - 81, KRALL Guy   81 - 79 - 83, RICHARDSON Scott   77 - 79 - 87
244   BENCE Peter   83 - 81 - 80, HYDE Anthony   83 - 78 - 83

Prize Winners

Winner: Ian Frost (Bendigo) - 227 (3rd Play-Off Hole)
Runner Up: Gordon Claney (Kingstone Heath) - 227
Third: Christopher Gordon (New South Wales) - 233 C/B
Best Net Aggregate: Joseph Scopacasa (Grange) - 210
R/up Net Aggregate: Rod Phillips (Royal Adelaide) - 217 C/B
Best Gross Day 3: Gordon Claney (Kingstone Heath) - 69
Best Gross Day 2: Nigel Turner (Links Lady Bay) - 75
Best Gross Day 1: Ian Frost (Bendigo) - 75

Round 2 Report

Links Lady Bay

Links Lady Bay

Victoria Ian Frost has increased his overnight lead after the second round of the 2015 South Australian Senior Amateur Championships at Links Lady Bay Golf Club. Frost followed his opening round 75 with a score of 76 and his 36-hole total of 151 gives him a three stroke lead over the defending champion, John Banting from West Australia. Banting matched Frost with his second round 76 to follow an opening 78 for a 154 total.

NSW senior Scott Richardson is next after solid rounds of 77-79 with Victorian Alan Bullas returning to form and making up the top four with scores of 80-77. Leading Scores:
151   FROST Ian   75 - 76
154   BANTING John   78 - 76
156   RICHARDSON Scott   77 - 79
157   BULLAS Alan   80 - 77
158   TURNER Nigel   83 - 75, GORDON Christopher   81 - 77, CLANEY Gordon   80 - 78
158   CORDINA Norm   79 - 79, HANNAH Peter   79 - 79, PHILLIPS Rod   76 - 82
159   THORNLEY Keith   79 - 80
160   WHEELER John   82 - 78, KRALL Guy   81 - 79, TIMMINS Anthony   80 - 80
161   HYDE Anthony   83 - 78, STREIT Mick   81 - 80
162   SCOPACASA Joseph   85 - 77, SKINNER Geoffrey   79 - 83, DAVEY John   78 - 84
163   BOEHM Kerry   80 - 83, ELLIOTT Lindsay   80 - 83, LIMBACH David   80 - 83, MEYER Kym   79 - 84

Round 1 Report

The scores reflect the challenging conditions that the players found during the first round of the South Australian  Seniors at Links Lady Bay. The weather was mostly overcast with a good solid southerly blowing and cool temperatures making scoring difficult. The course was set up very well for senior golf and was well received from all the players. Whilst the greens were in good condition everybody had stories of three putts. Some many of them.

linksladybay01The leading score of 75 from Ian Frost (Bendigo) reflects the difficult conditions. He was closely followed by Rod Phillips (Royal Adelaide) with 76 then Scott Richardson (Tura Beach) on 77.

Defending champion John Banting (Royal Perth) was on 78 alongside newcomer to senior events in John Davey (Tea Tree Gully).

The forecast for tomorrow is for kinder weather conditions with the hope of some lower scores from some of the leading players who will need to improve to challenge on the final day.

Leading Scores:

75   FROST Ian
76   PHILLIPS Rodney
77   RICHARDSON Scott
78   DAVEY John, BANTING John
79   HANNAH Peter, CLAXTON Christopher, CORDINA Norm,  MOYLE Peter
80   BOEHM Kerry, BULLAS Alan, ELLIOTT Lindsay, TIMMINS Anthony, LIMBACH David, CLANEY Gordon
81   STREIT Mick, BROWNE Les, HILL John, WINSLOW William, KRALL Guy, GORDON Christopher

The 2015 South Australian Senior Amateur Championship will be played at the beautiful links course, Links Lady Bay. This course was the host of the 2005 Australian Senior Amateur Championship.

Course Photo West Australian John Banting (holding trophy) is the defending champion after recording his first Australian Senior Ranking title with victory in the 2014 South Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Fleurieu Golf Club. The runner-up was Victorian Gordon Claney..

Championship Honourboard

Ian Frost
2015 Winner
Ian Frost VIC
John Banting
2014 Winner
John Banting WA
Peter King
2013 Winner
Peter King QLD
Denis Dale
2012 Winner
Denis Dale NSW
Stefan Albinski />
<div class= 2011 Winner
Stefan Albinski NSW
Greg Corben
2010 Winner
Greg Corben NSW
Denis Dale
2009 Winner
Denis Dale
Ross Percy
2008 Winner
Ross Percy VIC
Bill Wellington
2007 Winner
Bill Wellington TAS
Bill Banks
2006 Winner
Bill Banks ACT

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