2015 Victorian Senior Amateur Championship
Bright & Myrtleford Golf Clubs
October 19-21, 2015
From GolfVic Website:
New South Welshman Greg Ellis (Forster Tuncurry) has won the 2015 Victorian Men’s Senior Amateur while Nikki Haines from Moore Park (NSW) has won the 2015 Victorian Women’s Senior Amateur following the final day of the respective Championships played at Bright and Myrtleford today (Wednesday 21 October).
A member at the Forster-Tuncurry Golf Club, located three hours north of Sydney, Greg Ellis fired a one-over 73 for a 54-hole total of 220 (five-over-par) to take the Men’s Championship by three strokes. Overnight leader, John Banting from Royal Perth closed with 78 to finish second.
The final day of the 21st Victorian Men’s Senior Amateur was played at the Bright Country Golf Club in overcast conditions but without a hint of breeze. After steady play during the first two rounds, Ellis surged into contention with an outward half of 37 to take the lead into the final nine. An impressive birdie on the 15th and a run of pars to finish his round was good enough for claim the prestigious jug.
“I played really well, especially yesterday (at Myrtleford) around that tight course”. Ellis commented.
The interstaters dominated the field with 8 of the top 10 coming from interstate, with Ross Percy and Bernie Bickerton the only two Victorians.
The Victorian Senior Amateur Handicap Championship, which is played concurrently with the stroke event, saw Trevor Pattinson (Albury) take the title after a final round nett (handicap reduced) score of 73 for a three round total of 218. The nine handicapper won by on a countback from Robert Angus (Cumberland NSW).
Over at Myrtleford for the Men’s Balance Field, Adam Charleston of Lonsdale carded the best gross score of 77, while Hidden Valley’s Lou Villani posted a best nett 68.
In presenting the Men’s Championship trophy, Golf Victoria President John Hobday paid compliment to both the Myrtleford and Bright Golf Clubs commenting that “both layouts were presented in superb condition for the entire week. Full credit must go to the course staff together with the respective Club Committees and members for the time and effort that they have put into their courses.”
“On top of that, the organisation has been simply excellent. From the lunches that each club has provided to the overall hospitality extended to all players and partners, the support that Myrtleford and Bright have given the Championship has made for an excellent week of golf.”
The Victorian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship continues to maintain its popularity with a starting field of 126 players competing in this year’s event from 56 clubs, including 19 Interstate clubs.
The Victorian Men's Senior Amateur Championship, incorporating the Victorian Men's Senior Amateur Handicap Championship, will be played over 54 holes Stroke Play at Bright & Myrtleford Golf Clubs. The Championship is open to amateurs aged 55 years and over at the commencement of the event.
Date: Monday 19 October - Wednesday 21 October 2015
Eligibility: Male amateurs
Format: 54-Hole Stroke play
GA Handicap Limit: 24.4
Age Limit: 55 and above as of 19 October 2015
Entrance Fee: $120.00 (inc GST)
Optional: Tournament Dinner on Monday 19 October 2015 ($30 pp)
Entries Close: 5.00pm on Friday 2 October 2015
Kingston Heath member Gordon Claney was the winner in 2014 at Rosebud Golf Club when he defeated Greg Rhodes in an exciting play-off. These two top rated senior golfers are expected to be among the favourites for the 2015 championship.