Date: October 18, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Women’s Senior Amateur tees off on Monday

The Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship tees off at Tanunda Pines Golf Club in South Australia s Barossa Valley on Monday. A field of 85 players will tee off, with seven-time winner, Sylvia Donohoe from Narooma Golf Club on the NSW South Coast, a strong favourite. Donohoe will be hoping to claim her eighth title, to go with her victories in 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2002 and 2001. Donohoe will face fierce competition from defending Champion Jacqui Morgan from Monash Country Club on Sydney s northern beaches, while New Zealand s Robyn Boniface will also be in the mix. Former champions Robyn Puckett (USA), Josie Ryan (Qld) and Wendy O Connell (Qld) will also be top contenders. Tanunda Pines Golf Club is a stunning 18 hole, par 74 golf course, measuring 5,339 metres for ladies. Situated in South Australia s beautiful Barossa Valley wine region, the course boats an abundance of native bird and animal life, with 100 year old gum trees lining the fairways that undulate across hilltops with views over Jacob&aposs Creek and St Hallett vineyards from several vantage points. The Championship is played over 36-holes qualifying, followed by elimination match play. The leading 16 players will qualify for the major championship, with another eight players in four age divisions qualifying for match play flights. The State Stroke Teams Event will again be played in conjunction with the qualifying rounds, with three players representing their state in the aggregate scratch competition. A Handicap Competition will also be held over the first two days.