Greg Rhodes goes back-to-back in the 2017 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic
Round 3 Report:
Report from Golf Victoria Follows:
Greg Rhodes (pictured centre) has held onto his lead in a race to the finish line at Royal Melbourne. The Coomealla member struggled on the greens today to narrowly defend his title by 1 shot from South Australian John Davey of Tea Tree Gully.
In typical Melbourne fashion the temperatures radically changed today, dropping to a high of 21 today after the heat wave yesterday. Play moved to the West Course for the third and final round of the Royal Melbourne Seniors Classic, following rounds 1 and 2 on the Composite and East courses respectively.
It was a fight to the finish for the Championship cup with Rhodes (231) and Davey (232) neck and neck in the lead group. Both players held on to fend off third placegetter Ian Frost of Rich River, who had a field best of 74 today which included a birdie on the 15th hole to finish one behind on 233. Rhodes is currently the number one ranked senior male amateur in Australia and is adding this title onto the long list of accomplishments on his impressive golfing resume.
In the nett section, David Taylor of Commonwealth (left) had the goods, putting together a three round total of 229 to win by 3 shots from Gregory Gillard of Hawks Nest (NSW). Gillard had a round best of nett 72 today to win a four-way count-back for the runner-up title with Wayne Evans of Royal Canberra (ACT) the next best in third place.Greg Rhodes
Rounding out the major 54-hole trophies was John Merrick of Royal Perth (WA – right), taking home the 65+ gross title with a score of 255.
The Royal Melbourne Senior Classic is one of three National Ranking Senior Events played in Victoria each year and always boasts a strong field of local players, interstate and international guests. The Championship offers players aged 55 and over with the opportunity to play both East and West Courses along with the rare opportunity to test their skills over the Composite Course layout.
Golf Victoria is extremely grateful to the Royal Melbourne Golf Club for allowing the inclusion of this event into the senior program. All courses were presented in pristine condition throughout the three days and the hospitality provided by the club was first class.
231 Greg Rhodes 78-72-81
232 John Davey 75-78-79
233 Ian Frost 80-79-74
235 Wayne Evans 82-74-79
236 Gordon Claney 82-77-77
237 Mark Stanford 79-77-81
240 Kym Olsen 85-77-78, Rowan Easterbrook 83-77-78
241 Greg Gillard 84-82-75
242 David Robb 85-76-81, John Wheeler 76-81-85
Round 2 Report:
Greg Rhodes (pictured) has taken the lead after the second round of the 2017 Royal Melbourne Classic.
The almost unbeatable Rhodes had a wonderful second round of 72 and he now has a three stroke lead over the round one leader John Davey who had a score of 78.
Rhodes is the defending champion and will start a hot favourite to make it back to back titles.
NSW senior David McClelland has moved into third place with a great round of 73. Michael Brash, Wayne Evans and Mark Stanford are still in it with a chance and are tied on 156.
John Wheeler holds down seventh spot after rounds of 76 and 81. It is hard to see any of the players further back making a charge for the lead.
150 Greg Rhodes 78-72
153 John Davey 75-78
154 David McClelland 81-73
156 Michael Brash 80-76, Wayne Evans 82-74, Mark Stanford 79-77
157 John Wheeler 76-81
158 Michael Doutch 80-78
159 Gordon Claney 82-77, John Wallace 84-75, Ian Frost 80-79
Round 1 Report:
Day 1 started with a 1:00 pm tee time around the very challenging Royal Melbourne Composite course. It was a real test and only 6 players managed to break 80.
They say the local members regard 80 as the par for the composite course. Most of the talk revolved around how many 3, 4 and 5 putts everyone was having. The greens were at their challenging best and positional play into the greens was the order of the day.
Leading the field are John Davey 75 (pictured), John Wheeler 76, Greg Rhodes 78 and three players John Banting, Greg Ebinger and Mark Stanford all on 79.
Tomorrow we tee off in a seeded draw at 8:00 am on the East Course.
It is one the most anticipated events of the year and 2017 will be no different with another very strong field ready to line up for the 2017 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic. Played over 54 holes using the East, West and Composite courses it will again be fascinating to see how well the field handles the testing greens of the iconic courses.
First played in 2013, the Royal Melbourne Senior Classic is one of three National Ranking Senior Events played in Victoria each year. The Championship offers players aged 55 and over with the unique opportunity to play the West Course, East Course and then Composite Course as part of the 54-hole format. In 2015, the 108 players in the starting field originated from 85 different clubs from all over Australia and overseas.
With the maximum field set at 108 starters it meant more than 50 senior golfers did not survive the handicap ballot in 2015 (4.9).