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The final round of the 2018 edition of The National Senior Masters Championship has concluded on a breezy day played on the Ocean layout of The National Golf Club.
Ian Frost (Bendigo GC) handled the final round conditions in style and stormed home to claim his second green jacket in 3 years. The 2016 champion recorded a final round of 2-under-par 70 which included 6 birdies to finish with a 54-hole total of 219.
Rowan Easterbrook from Oatlands GC (NSW) finished 5 shots back on 224 to edge out Greg Rhodes (Coomealla GC) for second place on a countback.
Nett honours went to ACT visitor Simon Dunstone who rounded out an outstanding tournament with a 72 today for a total of nett 209. The Gungahlin Lakes GC member played off a daily handicap of 7 and was also delighted to find himself tied for 10th in the gross competition.
Graeme Bond (The National GC) demonstrated the power of local knowledge at this challenging golf precinct and played consistently each day to claim the nett runner-up prize with a total of nett 216.
Finishing a further shot back and in third place was Robert Wallace (Midlands GC) who was another player that excelled in both the gross and nett competition.
Across on the Moonah course in the Consolation field, the best scratch score was carded by Tim Harbutt (St Michael’s GC) with a 73 off the stick.
Nett winner was Steve Warburton of Keysborough GC who turned his disappointing start to the tournament around with the best daily score of nett 69 on a count-back.
Undisputed shot of the day went to an ace on the par 3 8th hole (Moonah Course) by The Grange Golf Club’s John Reynolds. This was the second hole-in-one recorded by Reynolds at this event, the last being on the 4th hole on the Old Course in 2012.
The championship is one of two nationally ranked senior events held in Victoria, consistently attracting a high calibre field of the top local and interstate senior male players since its inception in 2010.
The 54-hole stroke format consists of a 36-hole cut for the top 75 gross players (plus ties) rounded out with the next best nett players to a maximum of 100 players.
Dates for the 2019 championship are locked in for Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 April.
Golf Victoria wishes to thank The National Golf Club for the first-class hospitality provided to all players and guests.
To view full results from the championship, click here.