2016 Victorian Senior Amateur Championship
Coomealla & Riverside Golf Clubs
October 17-19, 2016
Round 3 Report
Australia’s top rated senior Greg Rhodes has continued on his winning way with victory in the 2016 Victorian Senior Amateur Championship today.
Played at Coomealla and Riverside courses Rhodes proved too strong with a final round of 73 giving him a total of 71-74-73=218 and a winning margin of four strokes from overnight leader Martin Minogue who had an excellent tournament with his rounds of 72-72-78=222.
Third place went to the always consistent Queenslander Steve Toyne (79-74-72=225) who closed with the day’s best round of even par 72 to move up the leaderboard.
From the Golf Victoria Website:
The warmest day of the week so far welcomed players to the final round of Championships and more perfect playing conditions could not have been scripted. Both the men’s and the women’s fields returned to their first round venues today, their last opportunity to make a move towards victory.
The match play semis and finals of the Women’s championship took place back at Riverside GC as 12 players battled it out on course for their respective titles.
In the championship flight, Kruger took down number one seed Helen Pascoe of Buninyong while Anne Bowen of Coomealla battled with 2012 champion Jill Blenkey of Newcastle all the way to the 19th hole.
Kruger came out of the gates strong in the final this afternoon against Bowen, claiming the first three holes and making the turn at 6 up. Bowen fought her way back, winning the 11th but solid play from Kruger secured her the championship title by a margin of 6 and 5.
Kruger was thrilled to be etching her name onto the trophy for the 5th time today, after dominating the event with four straights wins in 2005 to 2008.
Interstate visitor Glenys Ferguson from Waneroo in Western Australia took out the 55-64 year flight, defeating Lyn Banks (Scone, NSW) in the semi-finals before overcoming Kooringal’s Heather Harley 5 and 3 in the final. Sue Walter of Hamilton enjoyed a win in the 65+ flight, defeating Betty McGuinness of Buninyong this morning and sealing the deal 2 and 1 over June Tickell (Trafalgar) in the final.
At Coomealla in the men’s event, it was a fairytale ending for local Greg Rhodes who had been feeling the pressure from many around him, but managed to keep his cool and move on to post a brilliant one-over par 73 and take the Championship win from the hands of Martin Minogue (Lakelands, WA). Trailing by 1 shot overnight it was still very much an open ball game as the men began their round in the notable “1B” grouping.
Rhodes has returned home from South Australia where he finished third in the Australian Senior Amateur that was held at Kooyonga Golf Club last week. He was also a member of the 4-person Victorian Senior Team, along with Gordon Claney (Kingston Heath) who finished the winner of the gross 60-64 years age bracket this week, that was victorious in the Senior Interstate Stroke Teams event, held concurrently within that Championship.
Steve Toyne (Indooroopilly, QLD) rounded out the top three place getters in the gross championship, also taking out 2 of the three “Golf Fore a Cause” NTP prizes. Chris Tatt (Buninyong) and Michael Jackson (Yarra Yarra) have earned themselves wins in the 65-69 and the 70+ years age gross category respectively.
For Minogue, it wasn’t all bad news, his week of very consistent golf was rewarded as he became the 54-hole nett champion for the event as well as the nett winner for the 55-59 years’ age category. A late charge from David Taylor (Commonwealth) who returned a nett 71 from a 6 handicap today, moved him to second place and within 2 of Minogue.
As Martin could only win one trophy in the overall championship, Taylor took home the winner’s prize, ahead of John Reynolds (The Grange, SA) and left the New South Wales duo of Rod Fraser (Monash) and Darryl Hearsch (Manly) to go to a countback for third place, with Fraser who had a better final round score to take the honours.
Age group nett winners for the 54-holes include David Taylor (60-64 years), John Reynolds (65-69) and Geoffrey Fifer (70+).
A very warm thanks is to be extended to the Coomealla and Riverside Golf Clubs, for their hospitality and generosity to all of the players this week. Both clubs were delighted to welcome both fields and proud to showcase their courses in fantastic condition.
The championship moves across the state to Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance next year on Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 October, 2017.
Leading Final Scores
218 Gregory Rhodes Coomealla 71-74-73
222 Martin Minogue Lakelands 72-72-78
225 Steve Toyne Nudgee 79-74-72
228 Ian Frost Rich River 74-76-78
229 Michael Dunsmore Hartfield 74-76-79
230 Barry Tippett Barwon Heads 79-73-78
231 Gordon Claney Kingston Heath 81-74-76
233 Christopher Tatt Buninyong 81-77-75, Ross Percy Cobram-Barooga 77-77-79, Robin Dybeck Mt Lawley 77-74-82
234 Darryl Hearsch Manly 77-78-74, Michael Jackson Yarra Yarra 76-77-81
235 David Taylor Commonwealth 81-77-77
236 John Kelly Metropolitan 82-79-75, Mark Gatty Royal Perth 78-78-80
237 Mark Abeyaratne Peninsula 84-73-80, Dennis Warburton Melville Glades 74-78-85
238 Greg Ellis Forster-Tuncurry 75-84-79, John Wheeler The National 80-79-79, John Banting Royal Perth 79-79-80
239 Peter Bence Peninsula 81-78-80
Round 2 Report
West Australian Martin Minogue (left) has moved into the lead after his second consecutive even par round in the 2016 Victorian Senior Amateur Championship.
Minogue (72-72) had four birdies in his round on the Riverside course and he now holds a one stroke lead over Victorian Greg Rhodes (71-74) who returned a card of two over par 74. Rhodes had just the one birdie on his card and he will be looking for an improvement in the final round tomorrow on his home course of Coomealla.
Ian Frost (right) from Rich River and Michael Dunsmore from Hartfield in WA are next with 36-hole totals of 150 that puts them six strokes from the lead. Both players returned a score of 74 in round one and followed it with a round of 76 in round two.
West Australian Robin Dybeck (77-74) is next on 151 and it is hard to see anyone further back than this challenging the two leaders in the final eighteen holes.
Good movers on day two were Barry Tippett (79-73) and Steve Toyne (79-74). Gordon Claney (81-74) and Mark Abeyaratne (84-73) were other to move up the leaderboard after very good second rounds at Riverside.
Defending champion Greg Ellis slipped well back after a round of 84 to follow his opening 75.
The final round sees the field return to the Coomealla course on Wednesday.
Leading 36-hole Scores
144 Martin Minogue 72-72
145 Greg Rhodes 71-74
150 Ian Frost 74-76, Michael Dunsmore 74-76
151 Robin Dybeck 77-74
152 Barry Tippett 79-73, Dennis Warburton 74-78
153 Steve Toyne 79-74, Michael Jackson 76-77
154 Ross Percy 77-77, Kym Olsen 77-77
155 Gordon Claney 81-75, Darryl Hearsch 77-78
156 Mark Gatty 78-78
157 Mark Abeyaratne 84-73
158 John Banting 79-79. Chris Tatt 81-77, David Taylor 81-77
159 John Wheeler 80-79, Greg Ellis 75-84, Peter Bence 81-78, Matt Ferguson 78-81
160 Trevor Hughes 80-80, Peter Hannah 81-79
From the Golf Victoria Website:
A change of scenery today has also brought a change in tournament leader, with the men’s contingent of this year’s event hitting the fairways at Riverside Golf Club today.
Martin Minogue, who has travelled the long distance from Lakelands in Western Australia, was sitting in second place after yesterday’s opening round but has posted the day’s best gross score of an even par 72 to move one shot ahead of Greg Rhodes (Coomealla).
These two players have created their own breakaway group, opening the buffer to 5 shots from the now two-way tie for third place between Ian Frost (Rich River) and Michael Dunsmore (Hartfield, WA).
Minogue has also overtaken first round leader in the nett section, today posting a nett 70 to lead John Reynolds by 2 strokes after his return score of 73. Local Larry Frasca (Coomealla) isn’t out of the race however, he finished second to Rod Fraser (Monash) in the daily nett competition, a fantastic 69 from a 9 handicap will see him only 4 shots behind Minogue.
Frasca is in prime position to make a big move tomorrow, with play to be held at his home course again, this category of the event is far from over.
Age group leaders in the gross include Minogue (55-59 years), Denis Warburton (Melville Glades, WA, 60-64), Ross Percy (Cobram Barooga, 65-69), and Michael Jackson (Yarra Yarra, 70+).
With one round left to play, the 2016 edition of the Senior Amateur Championship is shaping up to be a very exciting climax. The final round will start at 8:30am tomorrow morning via a multi-tee start at the Coomella Golf Club.
Round 1 Report
Australia's top ranked senior golfer and local Coomealla member Greg Rhodes (pictured left) holds the round one lead in the 2016 Victorian Senior Amateur Championship after the first day's play at Coomealla Golf Club. Rhode's round was a very consistent effort with one bogey and two birdies to finish with a one under par 71.
Second place is held by West Australian Martin Minogue (right) who fired an excellent even par round of 72. Like Rhodes his round was one of consistency with just one bogey and one birdie. Minogue has been in good recent form and figured in the finish of last week's Australian Senior Amateur Championship.
Another West Australian Michael Dunsmore is in third place after his round of 74. He is joined by fellow West Australian Dennis Warburton and Victorian Ian Frost on the same score.
Defending 2015 champion Greg Ellis (NSW) is not too far away on 75 after a round that had no birdies and three bogies.
Ageless Yarra Yarra senior Michael Jackson showed the younger players a few tricks with a good round of 76.
Last week's Australian Senior Amateur Champion Kym Olsen is with a group on 77 and he will need an improved round tomorrow if he is to be near the leaders with the final round to play.
It has been a good event for a large contingent of visitors from Western Australia. After round one they hold eight positions in the top twenty.
The second round will be played at Riverside Golf Club tomorrow with the final round back at Coomealla on Wednesday.
Leading 18-hole Scores
71 Greg Rhodes
72 Martin Minogue
74 Ian Frost, Michael Dunsmore, Dennis Warburton
75 Greg Ellis
76 Michael Jackson
77 Darryl Hearsch, Ross Percy, Kym Olsen, Paul Volpe, Robin Dybeck
78 Mark Gatty, Robert Kruger, Matt Ferguson
79 John Banting, Barry Tippett, Steve Toyne.
The Men's & Women's Victorian Senior Amateur will head to the banks of the Murray River in 2016 to be held at two of the Murray-Darling regions finest layouts Coomealla & Riverside.
Following on from the success of the 2015 events which was the first year both the women's & men's events were played concurrently at the same venues, this year's events promises to be just as popular amongst a region renowned for consistently warm & sunny weather.
Activities within the region include a variety of local restaurants, cafes and eateries which celebrate the magnitude of locally grown produce and offer a truly cosmopolitan ambience. The main eating precinct within Mildura is aptly known as “Feast Street” not just for its food, but also for the generous selection of fine local wines many of them award winners which are popular with locals and visitors alike.
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Entries for both events are now open, to enter online or for further information please use the following links
Victorian Men's Senior Amateur Championship
Women's Victorian Senior Amateur Championship