Gordon Claney (left)
and Paul Maslen (right) have finished as equal winners of the 2017 NSW Senior Classic. The event this year was played over 36 holes at The Lakes and The Australian Golf Clubs.
Maslen led after his round of 75 at The Lakes gave him a one stroke lead over a group of three that included Rick Allison, Peter Ferris and Richard Greville. In leading after one round Maslen was the winner of the 2017 The Lakes Senior Medal.
In the second round at The Australian three players tied on 74 including Claney, Simon Dunstone and Stephen Gibson. There was a playoff for the winner of The Australian Senior Medal with Steve Gibson winning on the second extra hole.
Claney's 74 gave him a 36 hole total of 152 and when Maslen returned a card of 77 he too was on the same total. They were declared joint winners with Gordon Claney winning the trophy on a countback.
NSW senior Russell Bunn finished third on 155 just ahead of The Lakes "veteran" Roy Vandersluis and Richard McGhie on 156.
The NSW Senior Classic has been played at various venues since its beginning in 2007. In that year bad weather reduced the event to just 18 holes and Rick Oliver and Paul Day were joint winners. Beginning in 2013 the event has been played at The Lakes, The Australian and Avondale golf clubs.
The 2016 NSW Senior Classic began on Monday April 18 with 18 holes at The Lakes Golf Club. Tuesday was another 18 holes of stroke play at The Australian Golf Club before the final 18 at Avondale Golf Club on Wednesday.
Each round was also a separate event in the NSW Senior Order of Merit while the total 54 hole tournament is part of the 2016 Australian Senior Ranking System.
The Lakes Golf Club was the venue for the 2011 and 2012 Australian Opens.
The Australian Golf Club has recently been redesigned by Jack Nicklaus and has hosted the Australian Open in 2014 and 2015.
The beautiful tree lined Avondale is considered by many as the best on Sydney's north shore.