Local member Bill Findlay has been crowed the inaugural 2013 Kooringal Senior Amateur Champion.
Findlay duplicated his opening round, firing a final round one over-par 72 to beat his nearest competitor by a comfortable five shots. Starting the day one shot ahead, the 62 year old was able to capitalize on the perfect playing conditions with an up and down outward nine of one over-par 37. Marred by bogies on the 14th and 17th holes, Findlay reconciled with two birdies on his inward nine to finish with a two round total of 144. Second place went to the experienced Devil Bend member, Robert Burford, who had consistent rounds of 75 and 74 to finish five shots adrift from the champion. Three players were tied third on 151, including the 2009 Doug Bachli champion, Michael Jackson, along with Guy Krall and Kingston Heath member Gordon Claney.
The handicap honors was taken out by Commonwealth member, Adrian Rossi, on a 36 hole total of 138 after rounds of 68 and 70 nett of a handicap of 21. Graeme Altmann (Sands Torquay) notched out John Hoare of Trafalgar to sit in outright seconded on 139. Rossi also took home the best day one score with 68 nett, edging out three other players on a count back. The second round prize was won by John Hoare after an impressive 61 nett this morning of a handicap of 17.
The next senior event will be the much anticipated Royal Melbourne Seniors Classic commencing Monday 21 January 2013.
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Findlay shoots 72 to lead the Kooringal Senior Amateur
The first round of the Kooringal Senior Amateur way played this afternoon under crystal clear skies. A modest southerly wind that progressively intensified later in the afternoon challenged players along the par 71 layout.
On the beautifully manicured, tree-lined Kooringal layout where accuracy and shot strategy are essential, the opening round saw four-marker and local member, Bill Findlay, lead the way with a one over-par 72. Starting on the 10th hole, Findlay struggled early with bogies on the 14th, 16th and 17th holes, going out in a three-over par 38. While the early bogeys halted his initial run, a stellar inward nine of two-under par 34 thanks to birdies at the 1st, 3rd 4th holes was enough to grab the lead in the events inaugural year. Yarra Yarra member, Guy Krall, is running second just one shot adrift after an excellent round of 73 this afternoon. Robert Burford (Devil Bend) and Gordon Claney (Kingston Heath) sit in third position, both shooting 75 today.
Ross Liddle (Yowani), Adrian Rossi (Commonwealth) as well as Findlay and Krall are tied in the nett section after firing 68 nett today. They lead Brighton member, Ian Henry by just one stroke heading into the second and final round. Also notable was Wayne Phillips of the Heritage Golf Club who shot 70 nett this afternoon.
The event is one of five new senior events in the 2013 calendar that now encompasses 27 events for the year, including newly added women’s sections in seven of those events.
The 2013 title concludes with the final round at Kooringal Golf Club on the morning of Wednesday January 16.
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