The Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club will again be the host of the Australian Senior Matchplay Championship after their very successful running of the tournament in 2014,2015 and 2016. Previously held at the end of the year the re-she scheduling of the matchplay in June has seen a high level of player interest and entries for the championship.
2016 winner Gordon Claney defeated a strong field to claim his first national matchplay title and he is sure to return to a course that is now one of his favourites. As it carries a prestigious national title and many ranking points most of Australia’s top senior golfers are sure to include the Matchplay when planning their 2017 golfing calendar.
Club official advise that the Coolangatta Tweed course is definitely in its best condition in the middle of the year and he looks forward to another bigger and better and successful event. He also advised that Coolangatta Tweed and Golf Australia have agreed that they will host the event for at least a few more years.
This is the only Matchplay championship on the senior calendar and it is will attract a top quality field. Players are seeded for the draw on the basis of their current Australian rankings. The warm weather of sunny Queensland and the very good golf course make this a very welcome addition to the June calendar.
The format for the event has changed
The top 32 players that make the field are placed into eight pools consisting of four players in each pool.
Each pool then plays round robin match play (each individual playing 3 matches in total), with results then determining which draw a player competes in to determine final ranking positions:
First place in pool stage: Main draw (Quarter Finals and positions 1-8)
Second place in pool stage: Consolation matches, positions 9-16
Third place in pool stage: Consolation matches, positions 17-24
Fourth place in pool stage: Consolation matches, positions 25-32
After the round robin each competitor then plays an additional three match play rounds to determine the Championship winner and all other subsequent ranking positions. This is six matches in total.
Monday 19 June– AM: Round robin – Rd 1; PM: Round Robin Rd 2
Tuesday 20 June – AM: Round robin – Rd 3; Quarter Final
Wednesday 21 June – AM: Semi Final
Thursday 22 June – 11.00 am - 1:00 pm: Final Round
Online Entry Fee: $240 which includes a practice round, six matches in a motorised cart and food and beverage for the presentation function on Thursday June 23.
The event is open to all players listed on the Australian Men’s Senior Ranking System