2016 NT Senior Amateur Championship
Darwin Golf Club
May 26-29, 2016

2016 Report:

Round 4 Report:

stevetoynetrophypeterhannahtrophySteve Toyne (pictured left receiving major trophy) has closed with a solid round of 76 to comfortably win the 2016 Northern Territory Senior Open.

He won by 9 strokes from fellow Queenslander Peter Hannah with West Australian Mark Gatty another two strokes away in third place.

Local member Tom Harold (below holding trophy) was the leading NT player and was awarded the close championship trophy.

  Leading 72-Hole Scores
302 Steve Toyne (Nudgee) QLD 72-76-78-76
311 Peter Hannah (Pelican Waters) QLD 77-83-72-79
313 Mark Gatty (Royal Perth) WA 79-77-81-77
315 Lester Peterson (Bardwell Valley) NSW 79-80-79-77
316 Barry Tippett (Barwon Heads) VIC 79-81-77-79, 236 Tom Harold (Darwin) NT 76-80-80-80
322 Terry Small (Kogarah) 82-85-78
241 Neil Faulks (Tasmania) TAS 80-83-78
244 Paranjit Singh (Carbrook) QLD 77-82-85
325 Trevor Osborne (Darwin) 79-86-78-77-82
327 Keith Francis (Darwin) 81-87-80-79
330 Timothy Deakin (McLeod) 83-81-85-81
331 Paranjit Singh (Carbrook) QLD77-82-85-87
336 Roy Shuttleworth (North Ryde) 89-80-83-84
337 David Hannah (Townsville) 82-90-83-82
338 Trevor Durdin (Darwin) 84-82-86-86

Tournament Wrap from Tom Harold

tomharoldtrophyMost seniors had painful wounds to lick after the course and the humidity got the better of them, even if only for a few holes, but enough to cause scoring havoc. The scores, except for winner Steve Toyne, were relatively ordinary. Steve showed a clean pair of heels whilst the rest of us struggled to post a reasonable score even though conditions were not windy and the greens were pretty receptive.

Scott Trembath, the greenkeeper, enlightened us on a grass growing technicality after the tournament. Darwin greens are notoriously grainy but during this tournament they played much more consistently than usual. Scott said that they mowed the greens at dusk or in the dark, while the grass was still pointing upwards – cutting off excess long sections, whereas the morning mowing, when the grass is laying over, misses many of the flattened out long bits which then cause more grainy performance.

Scotty also informed us that plans to cut the greens right down, dry them out and make them much faster had to be shelved when the extent of the difficult pin placements was made known. Quite a few pins were right on ridges or mounds and most were close to the edge of the green. All in all a few were probably a bit rich, however the majority were difficult but not impossible. Darwin is a short flat course so a few tough pin spots were needed to keep everyone on their toes.

Interestingly the young guns didn’t find the going as tough as their more senior counterparts. Shae Wools-Cobb, from Maroochy River GC won the overall tournament with rounds of 68, 68, 73 and closing out with a 5 under par 67. This tally of 276 is from all reports a new tournament record. Shae plays off +3 or +4 and so he is no stranger to shooting low scores, and the way he did it on the final day, under considerable pressure was very impressive – he’s certainly a name to watch in the future.

Over the 72 holes Shae fired no double or triple bogeys, 8 bogeys and an amazing 21 birdies! When presented with the winning prize, Shea was thrilled to find out that he’d won a genuine NT crocodile’s head, sure to be a talking point and fond memory for many years to come.

The senior golfers who made the long trek to Darwin apparently enjoyed themselves – they were all still going strong when the hundred or so other guests at the closing dinner were all home and safely tucked into bed.

Notable performances were by Padj Singh who managed to upset nearly everyone around him, Peter Hannah, who doesn’t want to play with children any more???, Tom Harold for his fabulous consistency, shooting 3 consecutive 80’s to close out the tournament on a losing note and Lester Peterson, who hopped on a plane as many other seniors were still hitting off.

Apparently Lester asked for a morning hit off and was ‘thrilled’ to find out that he got a 6.50 start – while the other senior golfers were still snoring blissfully. Thankfully Darryl Hearsch was in good spirits after recovering from heat stroke and local ex Kiwi, Keith Francis, did a great job of cleaning out half the prize table after a wonderful net result.

The overall consensus was that the tournament was well worth the trip and that most, if not all, planned to return in the future. We’d encourage many more seniors to make the trip next time too.

Round 3 Report:

darwin3 Report from Tom Harold
Round 3 for the NT Open Seniors event proved to be moving day for one senior golfer, but most others treaded water or sank a little further . . .

image1In warm, still and sunny weather, with the course in very good condition there was a great opportunity to shoot lower scores, however this didn't eventuate - except for Peter Hannah (left), the talented 'young' Queensland senior, who fired a par round of 72. His card consisted of 4 birdies, 4 bogeys and 10 pars. His fine round brings him to within  6 strokes of the leader, Steve Toyne, who followed up his first two rounds of 72 and 76 with a 78 today.

Victorian, Barry Tippett, scored a 77 but he said he was really happy with this score as he is still recovering from a Gall Bladder operation. Tippett felt that he finally regained a little touch and feel around the back nine today.

Steve Toyne still maintains high favouritism as the 4th and final round approaches. In the heat and humidity it's a battle for everyone to maintain focus and concentration as fatigue sets in. Tomorrow will see an interesting finale to the championship. It all depends on Steve though - with a 6 shot buffer he only needs to shoot a good solid score and the title will be his. Peterson, Hannah, Harold, Tippett and Gatty are possibly within striking distance but a big swing would be needed to cause any problems for the consistent Queenslander, Toyne.

Tomorrow's pins will be tough and four days of hot humid conditions will be telling on everybody so it will be an interesting finish.


image2Overnight leader Steve Toyne(left)  has consolidated his lead with a third round of 78. He has a six stroke lead over fellow Queenslander Peter Hannah with this pair looking the main chances in the final round on Sunday. Toyne dropped three strokes on the final three holes to open the door a little for Hannah if he can produce something special.

Hannah had bounced back from a second round 83 with  his great third round of even par 72 in a round that included four birdies. Round two had been "highlighted" by consecutive triple bogies early on his card and he showed good determination to finish on 83.

image3Local member, left hander and a two time winner of this championship, Tom Harold (right) had a round of 80 and he is now in third place. His round consisted of nine bogies before a closing birdie on the last hole.

Royal Perth visitor Mark Gatty slipped back a little with his round of 81 to be placed  in fourth place overall with one round to play. Joining him is Victorian Barry Tippett who improved with a score of 77.

Top class senior Lester Peterson again struggled on the Darwin course and his round of 79 places him on a total of 238. His round included a run of six bogies in seven holes on the back nine. He is now well back and 12 strokes from the leader, Steve Toyne.

Leading 54-Hole Scores
v 226 Steve Toyne (Nudgee) QLD 72-76-78
232 Peter Hannah (Pelican Waters) QLD 77-83-72
236 Tom Harold (Darwin) NT 76-80-80
237 Barry Tippett (Barwon Heads) VIC 79-81-77, Mark Gatty (Royal Perth) WA 79-77-81
238 Lester Peterson (Bardwell Valley) NSW 79-80-79
241 Neil Faulks (Tasmania) TAS 80-83-78
244 Paranjit Singh (Carbrook) QLD 77-82-85
243 Trevor Osborne (Darwin) 79-86-78
245 Terry Small (Kogarah) 82-85-78
248 Keith Francis (Darwin) 81-87-80
249 Timothy Deakin (McLeod) 83-81-85
252 Roy Shuttleworth (North Ryde) 89-80-83
252 Trevor Durdin (Darwin) 84-82-86
255 David Hannah (Townsville) 82-90-83

Round 2 Report:

darwin1Report from Tom Harold

The second day of the NT Open/NT Seniors Championship at Darwin Golf Club saw more sunny, still conditions with a nice touch of tropical humidity for the southerners to enjoy.

The pins were again in difficult positions and the greens were pretty slick.

Scores were higher in general, with a few exceptions, including Mick Gatty, who bettered his score of 79 yesterday with a 77 today. However day 1 Seniors leader, Steve Toyne, once again showed his class with a strong performance under trying conditions. His score of 76 was the best of any senior in the field for the second day in a row. Steve now holds an 8 stroke lead with two rounds to go and will be very difficult to catch.

Next off the blocks were Roy Shuttleworth, Lester Peterson and Tom Harold, who fired disappointing 80’s. Tom had several disagreements with his putter - (the same one that was his best friend yesterday). Barry Tippett and Tim Deakin both shot 81’s closely followed by local Trevor Durdin and Padj Singh from Queensland who carded 82’s.

Unfortunately the stifling conditions resulted in a case of heat stroke for NSW senior Darryl Hearsch, who was unable to complete his round. Darryl is recovering and will be OK.

Leading Senior Scores

148 Steve Toyne QLD 72-76
156 Mark Gatty WA 79-77, Tom Harold Nt 76-80
159 Lester Peterson NSW 79-80, Paranjit Singh QLD 77-82
160 Barry Tippett QLD 79-81, Peter Hannah QLD 77-83
164 Timothy Deakin QLD 83-81
165 Trevor Osborne NT 79-86
167 Terry Small NSW 82-85

Round 1 Report:

darwin1Report from Tom Harold

Darwin turned on some nice, warm, tropical weather for the first round of the 2016 NT Seniors Championship at Darwin Golf Club. The Seniors Championship runs in conjunction with the NT Open competition over 72 holes.

The course was in excellent condition with lush fairways and greens in pretty good shape – not too fast and not too slow, not too hard and not too soft! It must be said that many pin placements were challenging, close to fast drop offs or the edges of greens.

Overall playing conditions were calm and placid and so good scoring was possible.

54 Seniors teed up for the event and the best score for the day was a fine 72 by the champion travelling senior Steve Toyne (right), from Queensland. This even par round was even better as he had begun his day with a pair of three putts.


Darwin’s Tom Harold (centre)  utilised his local knowledge and a tidy short game to finish with a 76, closely followed by Panj Singh and Peter Hannah – both Queenslanders – who finished with 77 a piece.

Two strokes further back were Victoria’s Barry Tippett (left), local player and previous champion Trevor Osborne and Royal Perth visitor Mark Gatty who all fired 79’s.

Lester Peterson, the lowest marker in the Senior field, was caught up in a slow afternoon’s golf and eventually carded a disappointing 79. Uncharacteristically, he finished with two double bogey sevens in the last few holes.

The NT Open Championship has A Grade capped at a 2.2 handicap with more than 60 young up and coming golfers from all around Australia registered. +4 is the lowest marker in the field and the best score for the day was 68. A local ‘almost senior’ – Paulie Edwards missed a 2 footer on the last to shoot a fine 69, and be only one shot off the pace.

Selected Leading Senior Scores

72 Steve Toyne QLD
76 Tom Harold NT 77 Paranjit Singh QLD, Peter Hannah QLD
79 Mark Gatty WA, Lester Peterson NSW, Barry Tippett VIC, Trevor Osborne NT
81 Keith Francis
82 Terry Small NSW, David Hannah QLD
83 Tony Winter
84 David Gleeson NSW, Sam Crowley
85 Graeme Chin, Brendan Curtin WA
86 Roy Winter, John Rogan
87 Des Puertollano
88 Darryl Hearsch NSW,Bruce Weston, Rodger Dee
89 Murray Martin, Jack Hughes, Ken Lehman, Roy Shuttleworth

Championship Honourboard

Steve Toyne
2016 Winner
Steve Toyne QLD
Tom Harold
2015 Winner
Tom Harold NT
Trevor Osborne
2014 Winner
Trevor Osborne NT
Tom Harold
2013 Winner
Tom Harold NT
Greg Corben
2012 Winner
Greg Corben NSW
Dave Morrison
2011 Winner
Dave Morrison QLD
Stefan Albinski
2010 Winner
Stefan Albinski NSW
Grahame MacDonald
2009 Winner
Grahame MacDonald QLD
Bill Banks
2008 Winner
Brian Sams NSW
Tony Kennings
2007 Winner
Tony Kennings NSW
Denis Dale
2006 Winner
Denis Dale NSW
darwin1The Northern Territory Senior Amateur is an Australian Men's Senior Ranking Event. It is for players aged 55 years and over and is played over 72-holes stroke play. It is conducted by Golf NT.

Dates for the 2016 Hostplus NT Amateur Open are 25-29 May. To nominate for this R&A worldwide and national amateur ranking event, you can now go to the Mitournament site. There you can nominate for the singles and foursomes event and even order and pre-pay for your commemorative shirt. To nominate, click here - MiTournament Web Site . Search under events for "GolfNT - Darwin GC" and the foursomes and singles events will appear for you to register.

The Darwin Golf Club have arranged for some home billets to assist those needing local accommodation. Billet requests should be made via email to dgcbilletting@gmail.com

The commemorative shirts will only be available via pre-order from the Mitournament site. Similarly, there are no facilities for cash or in-person nominations for the event. Nominations must be made via the Mitournament site.

If you are visiting and have a requirement for a motorised cart (tournament conditions notwithstanding), please contact the Darwin Golf Club Pro Shop on 08 8927 1015. Limited carts are available.

With strong interest from past participants already, please get your nomination in early to avoid disappointment.

I hope to see you there

Andrew Hullick
Darwin Golf Club

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