Kooyonga Golf Club
October 11-13, 2016

Round 3 Report

kymolsen2016In a wonderful display of top class golf Victorian Kym Olsen (left) has won the 2016 Australian Senior Amateur Championship.

davidschultzTrailing by one stroke entering the final eighteen Olsen closed with a final round of two under par 70 to win the title by four strokes. During his final round Olsen was always in control of his excellent game in a great display of precise golf. A birdie on the first hole was a great way to start and he continued in the same form all day.

Overnight leader David Schultz parred the first three and then birdied the fourth to show he was ready to become the first overseas player to win this national championship. However, Olsen retaliated with a great birdie on the very next hole. It was top quality golf.

Olsen then played beautifully parring every hole until another birdie at thirteen made him three under par and that gave him a four stroke lead over Schultz.

Equal overnight leader and three time winner of this championship Stefan Albinski was also in the final group but could not find the form that saw him record a wonderful round of 68 on day two. He would eventually finish in fifth place.

Canadian visitor David Schultz (right)  certainly impressed everyone who saw him play. He finished in the runner up position and will be a welcomed visitor if he can return to play in our championship again.

The defending champion Greg Rhodes finished with a good final round of 75 (slightly marred by a double bogey, bogey finish) to move up the leaderboard and take out third place one stroke ahead of New Zealand's top senior golfer Michael Barltrop who once again figured in the finish of a major Australian senior amateur event.

Paul Maslen, Martin Minogue and Gordon Claney shared sixth place with the top ten rounded out by Gary Wells and Paul Chappell.

kooyonga-595The strong Victorian team of Greg Rhodes, Gordon Claney, Ian Frost and Mark Abeyaratne successfully defended their interstate teams trophy with NSW finishing in second place.

The Kooyonga course was another winner. Beautifully conditioned and setup it was a fitting course to host the Australian Senior Amateur Championship. One of Australia's very best courses.

As usual the tournament was well managed by Golf Australia with everything running smoothly. Next year's championship is scheduled for Royal Hobart Golf Club around the same time of the year.

Leading 54-hole Scores:

221 OLSEN Kym The National  75 76 70
225 SCHULTZ David Country Hills GC Canada 72 78 75
230 RHODES Greg Coomealla 78 77 75

231 BARLTROP Michael Royal Auckland 76 78 77 232 ALBINSKI Stefan Mona Vale  82 68 82
233 MASLEN Paul Moss Vale  79 80 74 233, 233 MINOGUE Martin Lakelands  74 78 81, 
      CLANEY Gordon Kingston Heath  79 73 81
234 WELLS Gary Liverpool  77 79 78, CHAPPELL Paul Hartfield  75 80 79
235 PEARSON Mark Mona Vale 79 78 78, FROST Ian Rich River  78 75 82 235
236 WATKINS Ian Toowoomba  79 83 74, BATLEY John Titirangi  77 81 78, PETERSON Lester Bardwell Valley  78 77 81
237 TIPPETT Barry Barwon Heads  80 82 75, HANNAH Peter Pelican Waters  78 84 75
      WALLACE John Lake Karrinyup  82 78 77 

Round 2 Report

img_4028stefanalbinskiaussnr16After opening with a ten over par round of 82 NSW senior Stefan Albinski (left in picture) has fired the round of the tournament so far with a four under par score of 68.

Albinski played the back nine first and turned in one over par but then the birdies came on one, two and four. He then finished in even grander style with an eagle on the par 5 ninth (his last hole) for a closing nine of five under par.

This is a great score in any event but in the Australian Seniors on a great course like Kooyonga it is sensational. A win by Albinski would make it a total of four titles and a record.

Round one leader Canadian David Schultz (right in picture) slipped back with a round of 78 and he now currently shares the lead with Albinski on 150. Schultz's round did not include a birdie and he will be looking for more luck on the greens in the final round.

One stroke behind is Victorian Kym Olsen who has played very steady golf for his rounds of 75 and 76. Olsen is playing in his first Australian Senior Amateur and it will not be a surprise if he fires something special and wins this prestigious national title.

Also close up is the 2014 champion Gordon Claney who followed his opening round of 79 with a good score of 73 and a two round total of 152. Joining him in equal fourth place is West Australian Martin Minogue with rounds of 74-78.

Victorian Ian Frost is still a definite chance only three strokes from the lead after his rounds of 78-75 for a 153 total.

Other chances with a special round tomorrow are New Zealander Michael Barltrop, the defending champion Greg Rhodes, NSW senior Lester Peterson and top rated West Australian senior Paul Chappell.

Peterson began his round with an unlikely triple bogey on the friendly par five but rallied well before a double bogey late in the day saw him finish with 77.

Chappell's second round is also worthy of comment. Two over par with two holes remaining his second shot ran through the green on the tough par four eighth hole (his seventeenth). Somehow he then managed to record a quintuple bogey nine. A bogey six on the easy par five ninth gave him a round of 80 and he now trails the leaders by five.

After two rounds Victoria leads the interstate teams championship by ten strokes from New South Wales.

Leading 36-hole Scores

150 David Schultz (72-78), Stefan Albinski (82-68)
151 Kym Olsen (75-76)
152 Gordon Claney (79-73), Martin Minogue (74-78)
153 Ian Frost (78-75)
154 Michael Barltrop (76-78)
155 Lester Peterson (78-77), Greg Rhodes (78-77), Paul Chappell (75-80)
156 David Gleeson (75-81), Gary Wells (77-79), Tim Deakin (79-77)
157 Darryl Hearsch (82-75), Russell Rogers (76-81), Frank Lampe (83-74)

Round 1 Report

Canadian David Schultz (pictured below with Australia's Stefan Albinski) has taken the lead after the first round of the Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Kooyonga Golf Club.

img_4028Schultz handles the testing course very well and his even par score of 72 gives him a two stroke lead over West Australian Martin Minogue who finished on 74.

A group of four golfers are next with rounds of three over par 75 - Kym Olsen (Vic), David Gleeson (NSW), Paul Chappel (WA) and Ian Peebles (Vic).

Next on 76 are NSW senior Russell Rogers and visiting New Zealander Michael Barltrop.

Leading 18-hole Scores

72 David Schultz
74 Martin Minogue
75 Kym Olsen, David Gleeson, Paul Chappell, Ian Peebles
76 Russell Rogers, Michael Barltrop
77 John Batley, Gary Wells
78 Geoff Cranfield, Alan Bullas, Greg Stanford, Ian Frost, John Banting, Lester Peterson, Greg Rhodes, Peter Hannah
79 Paul Maslen, Tim Deakin, Mark Pearson, Ian Watkins, Terry Small, Darryl Whitehead, Gary Batman, Gordon Claney

All players were keen to recognise Kooyonga as one of the better courses they have ever played. The course condition is excellent and the firm greens are certainly testing all. A great venue for this national championship.

A few months previous David Schultz had led this year's Canadian Senior Amateur Championship after 54-holes. He began the tournament with rounds of 72-71-70 but slipped back in the final round. He will be hard to catch in this tournament.

From the Golf Australia website

Kym Olsen isn’t wasting time making waves in Australian senior golf.

And having turned 55 this winter, the Victorian rode one of them all the way to his first national championship on Thursday.

Olsen, a member of The National, posted a superb two-under-par 70 around Adelaide’s mighty Kooyonga Golf Club, romping away to win the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship by four strokes.

Canadian David Schultz, who’d led after the first 36 holes of the 54-hole event, continued his steady form with a final-round 75, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the rampant Olsen who finished at +5.

Highlighting the duo’s dominance on a wonderful day for golf, third place went to defending champion Greg Rhodes, but at +14, he was nine shots off the pace of his fellow Victorian.

Olsen, who contested the 2013 US Senior Open on the Champions Tour, began the day one shot behind Schultz and Sydney’s Stefan Albinski.

But an opening birdie soon erased the deficit and another on the fifth drew him back level with Schultz, who briefly drew swords to defend the lead with a birdie of his own on the fourth.

But the Canadian star couldn’t find another birdie and his second bogey on the ninth was the beginning of the end.

Olsen birdied the 15th to push three clear and despite bogeys on the 14th and 17th, had a margin sufficient to quietly celebrate his clinching birdie on the 16th.

“I’m very proud to win a national championship,” beamed Olsen, who won the Queensland senior title in July just weeks after his birthday made him eligible to compete.

Albinski, a three-time champion, had a day to forget with eight bogeys and two doubles against just two birdies as he crashed to fifth at +16 with an 82 just 24 hours after his dazzling second-round 68.

Fourth on +15 overall was Kiwi Michael Barltrop.

So dominant was Victoria that Olsen wasn’t in its four-man team that romped to a 12-shot win over New South Wales in the simultaneous state teams event.

Victoria, represented by Mark Abeyaratne, Gordon Claney, Ian Frost and Rhodes, finished on 698 with NSW second on 710 and Queensland third a further shot back.

Championship Honourboard

Kym Olsen
2016 Winner
Kym Olsen VIC
Greg Rhodes
2015 Winner
Greg Rhodes VIC
Gordon Claney
2014 Winner
Gordon Claney VIC
Murray Martin
2013 Winner
Murray Martin NZ
Sam Christie
2012 Winner
Sam Christie QLD
Stefan Albinski
2011 Winner
Stefan Albinski NSW
Stefan Albinski
2010 Winner
Stefan Albinski NSW
Rodney Barltrop
2009 Winner
Rodney Barltrop NZ
Stefan Albinski
2008 Winner
Stefan Albinski NSW
Rick Oliver
2007 Winner
Rick Oliver NSW*
Denis Dale
2007 Winner
Denis Dale NSW*
Denis Dale
2006 Winner
Denis Dale NSW
Rodney Barltrop
2005 Winner
Rodney Barltrop
Rodney Barltrop
2004 Winner
Rodney Barltrop NZ

Entries Open: 13 July 2016
Entry Fee: $160.00 (Includes GST, player gift, program and presentation function)
Handicap Limit: GA 9.4
Entries Close: 5.00 pm (AEST) on 12 September 2016

Monday 10 October: Official practice round & registration
Tuesday 11 October: Round 1
Wednesday 12 October: Round 2
Thursday 13 October: Round 3 (seeded draw) & Presentation Reception (at conclusion of play)

The Australian Men's Senior Amateur Championship is open to players aged 55 years and over and is contested over 54-holes stroke play. It is an Australian Men's Senior Ranking Event.

The first Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship was played in 1981, over 36-holes qualifying with the leading 32 players qualifying for elimination match play. From 2004 onwards, the event has been contested over 54-holes stroke play. This is the most prestigious event of the year and as usual most of Australia's top level senior amateur golfers will line up for a chance to take home the title.

KooyongaThis year the championship will be played in the middle of October at the Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide.

Welcome to Kooyonga Golf Club, a wonderful example of a championship golf course in undulating sand hills just 15 minutes from the central business district of Adelaide. Kooyonga has been the venue for many international and interstate championships. Kooyonga has always enjoyed a high ranking amongst private clubs in Australia. The clubhouse is a beautiful modern building with the traditional elements you would expect. From the Club’s dining areas and terraces you can relax and enjoy the sweeping panoramic views of the golf course – as close as you can get to the golf course without actually playing.

The 2015 Australian Senior champion was Victorian Greg Rhodes who has quickly risen to the top of the Australian Senior Ranking table and is clearly the number one senior golfer in Australia. He will be very hard to defeat on the championship quality Kooyonga course.

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