Round 3 Report
In a wonderful display of top class golf Victorian Kym Olsen (left) has won the 2016 Australian Senior Amateur Championship.
Trailing 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.
The 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
After 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.
Schultz 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.