2015 Report:

  Round 3 Report  

Martin Minogue Newcomer Martin Minogue (right) has won a very exciting 2015 West Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Royal Fremantle Golf Club.

A member at the Lakelands club Minogue was playing in his first WA senior title although he did finish in eighth place in the 2014 Australian Senior Amateur Championship played at Mandurah GC. Minogue started a stroke behind overnight leader Trevor Hughes, and in equal second place with Barry Tippett, the trio were grouped together and had a very eventful final round in quite difficult conditions.

Hughes began the day with two holes he would love to forget - a quadruple bogey 8 on the first followed by a triple bogey 8 on the second. A front nine of 46 was followed by an even par 36 on the final nine to finish with a round of 82. The horrendous start had put paid to his chances and he did well to finish in third place with rounds of 75-75-82=232.

In a dramatic contrast both Minogue and Tippett played the first nine very well. Minogue was under par until the eighth where he had a triple bogey on the par three hole to turn in 38, the same score as Tippett who fought back from an opening double bogey.

The tense battle between these two continued and they remained all square standing on the fifteenth tee. Tippett then bogied and Minogue moved one ahead. He was two ahead when Tippett then bogied sixteen. On the seventeenth Minogue slipped with a double bogey and Tippettt picked one back. Minogue now led led by a single stroke playing the final hole.

When both players parred the par five eighteenth the title belonged to Minogue and Tippett had to be satisfied with another major placing in an Australian Senior Ranking event. This second place, and the ranking points earned, now moved Tippett into third place on the national ranking table.

West Australians Ian McPherson (below bottom) and Michael Dunsmore made up the top five.

Leading Final Scores:

229   Martin MINOGUE 77-74-78 WA
230   Barry TIPPETT 78-73-79 VIC
232   Trevor HUGHES 75-75-82 WA
235   Michael DUNSMORE  77-81-77 WA, Ian MCPHERSON  78-79-78 WA
236   John WALLACE 76-82-78 WA
237   Nigel GOODALL  80-78-79 WA, John WANLESS  82-75-80 WA
237   Brendan CURTIN 76-78-83 WA
238   Neville DELANE 81-78-79 WA, Colin HALLAM 81-78-79 QLD
239   Stefan ALBINSKI  84-75-80 NSW, Peter JACK  77-81-81 GBR
240   John BANTING 74-82-84 WA
241   Harry CROSBY  77-82-82 WA, Brian SAMS  80-78-83 NSW
241   Chris CAREY 78-79-84 WA
243   Malcolm ROBERTS 82-77-84 WA
244   Tom SALVARINOV 81-75-88 WA
245   Neil RIGBY 83-82-80 WA, Michael DUFFY 80-83-82 WA
245   Robin DYBECK 82-77-86 WA
246   Norm BURD 76-84-86 WA
247   Michael ROBINSON 77-84-86 WA
248   John GAMSBY 85-80-83 WA, William CLAYTON 85-79-84 WA

  Round 2 Report  

Trevor Hughes West Australian Trevor Hughes (left) has taken over in the lead after the second round of the 2015 West Australian Senior Amateur Championship being played at Royal Fremantle Golf Club.

Hughes had opened with a three over par round of 75 and repeated that today to move into a one stroke lead over Victorian visitor Barry Tippett (78-73=151 right) who had the best round of the second day with his 73 and Martin Minogue (77-74=151).

Hughes' round included three birdies on the back nine while Tippett can only wonder what happened when he had a triple bogey six on the par three seventeenth hole just when an under par round looked certain.

Barry Tippett The big mover was Martin Minogue who moved into equal second with Tippett after his rounds of 77-74=151. Minogue had two birdies but four dropped shots from the thirteenth to the seventeenth holes marred his card in an otherwise very impressive display. The round one leader, John Banting, slipped back and his round of 82 now sees him in fifth position and six strokes from the leader. He finished his front nine bogey, bogey, double bogey and then triple bogey! He fought on well for his 82 but those four holes will give him a restless night.

Defending champion Stefan Albinski (below bottom) recovered from his disastrous opening round of 84 with a good round of 75 - more like the golfer who has won this event for the last six years. He is now nine strokes from the lead - probably too far back.

The tournament looks like a battle between the top three of Hughes, Tippett and Minogue. They are bunched together and have a three and four stroke lead over their nearest danger, the very experienced Brendan Curtin. The final round will be played tomorrow.

Leading 36 Hole Scores:

150    Trevor HUGHES   75  -  75 WA
151    Barry TIPPETT   78  -  73 VIC
151    Martin MINOGUE   77  -  74 WA
154    Brendan CURTIN   76  -  78 WA
156    Tom SALVARINOV   81  -  75 WA
156    John BANTING   74  -  82 WA
157    John WANLESS   82  -  75 WA
157    Chris CAREY   78  -  79 WA
157    Ian MCPHERSON   78  -  79 WA
158    Brian SAMS   80  -  78 NSW
158    Nigel GOODALL   80  -  78 WA
158    Michael DUNSMORE   77  -  81 WA
158    Peter JACK   77  -  81 GBR
158    John WALLACE   76  -  82 WA
159    Stefan ALBINSKI   84  -  75 NSW
159    Robin DYBECK   82  -  77 WA
159    Malcolm ROBERTS   82  -  77 WA
159    Neville DELANE   81  -  78 WA
159    Colin HALLAM   81  -  78 QLD
159    Harry CROSBY   77  -  82 WA

  Round 1 Report  

John Banting West Australian John Banting (right) is the leader after the opening round of the 2015 West Australian Senior Amateur Championship being played at Royal Fremantle Golf Club.

Banting, who finished in joint second place at Lake Karrinyup earlier this week, finished with an excellent round of two over par 74 on the Royal Fremantle layout. Banting carded three birdies but two double bogies proved costly.

The other senior to finish in second place at Lake Karrinyup was Trevor Hughes and he is now a stroke behind Banting after his opening round of 75. Hughes' round consisted of fifteen pars and three bogies.

Without detracting from any of the players the real news from this round was the performance of Stefan Albinski who was chasing a record seven West Australian titles in a row. Quite amazingly, Albinski finished with a round of 84 that sees him 10 strokes from the leader and way back in twenty sixth place. His round included 9 bogies and two double bogies. Albinski has performed some incredible feats to win major championships across Australia but this time it does look like it may be too much to ask. But don't tell Stefan that!

In a three way tie for third place are West Australians Norm Burd, John Wallace and Brendan Curtin after they all recorded rounds of 76.

Five golfers are next on 77 including UK visitor Peter Jack from the Carlisle Golf Club.

The second round will be played tomorrow.

Leading 18 Hole Scores:

74    John BANTING   WA
75    Trevor HUGHES   WA
76    Norm BURD   WA
76    John WALLACE   WA
76    Brendan CURTIN   WA
77    Michael DUNSMORE   WA
77    Michael ROBINSON   WA
77    Martin MINOGUE   WA
77    Peter JACK   GBR
77    Harry CROSBY   WA
78    Barry TIPPETT   VIC
78    Chris CAREY   WA
78    Ian MCPHERSON   WA
80    Brian SAMS   NSW
80    George GAZZONE   WA
80    Nigel GOODALL   WA
80    Michael DUFFY   WA

Martin Minogue
2015 Winner
Martin Minogue WA
Stefan Albinski
2014 Winner
Stefan Albinski NSW
Stefan Albinski
2013 Winner
Stefan Albinski NSW
Stefan Albinski
2012 Winner
Stefan Albinski NSW
Stefan Albinski
2011 Winner
Stefan Albinski NSW
Stefan Albinski
2010 Winner
Stefan Albinski NSW
Stefan Albinski
2009 Winner
Stefan Albinski NSW
Brian Sams
2008 Winner
Brian Sams NSW
Brian Sams
2007 Winner
Brian Sams NSW
Ian Read
2006 Winner
Ian Read QLD

2015 West Australian Senior Amateur Championship
Royal Fremantle Golf Club
March 18-20, 2015

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"I never knew that Fremantle possessed such a spot. Look at the island through the hills, with the ocean intervening; and look, on the other side you can see the harbour with steamers and ships, and all around you there is not one spot that does not please the eye. My word, it's grand!"

Thus remarked a poetic visitor to the Fremantle Golf Club in 1906, after having taken the threepenny tram fare from the Railway Station to watch the game and view the course. What that visitor would see today would be dramatically different and even more pleasing to the eye.

Royal Fremantle is a players course, challenging and enjoyable. Although the course boasts a well-appointed clubhouse catering for the needs of members people do not join the Club for a country club lifestyle. They join Royal Fremantle because the club has one of the finest golf courses in Western Australia turned out week after week for members to be challenged and enjoy.

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