Date: June 24, 2016
Author: Golf Australia

Claney claims another national championship

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2016 Australian Senior Men's Match Play Championship – Final: Gordon Claney (Vic) bt Michael Baltrop (NZL) 4&3.

The 2016 Australian Senior Men's Match Play Championship Final began in drizzly conditions at Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club between Gordon Claney from Victoria and Michael Baltrop from New Zealand.

Claney took an early one hole lead with some steady golf on a damp course still recovering from the 150mm of rain 3 days ago, however Baltrop rallied to win consecutive holes at the 5th and 6th to put his nose in front.

The foot was then firmly planted on the accelerator by Claney, playing exceptional golf with birdie putts on the 8th and 9th which put him back in front and on the offensive.

“Gordon played absolutely flawless golf from the middle holes” Baltrop said.

Claney went on the finish the match on the 15th hole winning 4&3 in his maiden Match Play Championship victory.

It was the secend National Amateur Championship for Claney, adding to the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur title he won in 2014.

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