Round 2 – Tuesday 18 October
It was a beautiful morning out on course as fields swapped venues for round 2 of the Men’s & Women’s Senior Amateur Championships.
A change of scenery today has also brought a change in tournament leader, with the men’s contingent of this year’s event hitting the fairways at Riverside Golf Club today. Martin Minogue, who has travelled the long distance from Lakelands in Western Australia, was sitting in second place after yesterday’s opening round but has posted the day’s best gross score of an even par 72 to move one shot ahead of Greg Rhodes (Coomealla). These two players have created their own breakaway group, opening the buffer to 5 shots from the now two-way tie for third place between Ian Frost (Rich River) and Michael Dunsmore (Hartfield, WA).
Minogue has also overtaken first round leader in the nett section, today posting a nett 70 to lead John Reynolds by 2 strokes after his return score of 73. Local Larry Frasca (Coomealla) isn’t out of the race however, he finished second to Rod Fraser (Monash) in the daily nett competition, a fantastic 69 from a 9 handicap will see him only 4 shots behind Minogue. Frasca is in prime position to make a big move tomorrow, with play to be held at his home course again, this category of the event is far from over.
Age group leaders in the gross include Minogue (55-59 years), Denis Warburton (Melville Glades, WA, 60-64), Ross Percy (Cobram Barooga, 65-69), and Michael Jackson (Yarra Yarra, 70+).
With one round left to play, the 2016 edition of the Men’s Senior Amateur Championship is shaping up to be a very exciting climax.
Over at Coomealla, overnight co-leader Helen Pascoe of Buninyong has claimed the best gross salver in the 60-64 year category and the number one qualifying position for the Championship match play. Pascoe played steady golf to card another round of 80, finishing 3 shots ahead of local Ann Bowen (Coomealla) on 163. Pascoe will face fourth place qualifier Judy Kruger of Yarrawonga Mulwala while Bowen is paired up against Newcastle’s Jill Blenkey for the Championship semi-finals tomorrow morning.
Blenkey and Kruger won their respective gross salvers in the 55-59 and 65-69 year sections, while Flo Feltham has enjoyed a solid two days of golf, capturing both best gross and nett titles in the 70+ year section. Best nett in the 55-59yr category was Kerry Scales of Heywood, Helen Ellis from Forster Tuncurry in NSW took out the 60-64 year nett section while the 66-69 year section was won on a count-back by Sally Warburton of Hamilton.
The women move back to Riverside tomorrow for the match play component of the championship. Semi-finals in the Championship flight, 55-64 year and 65+ flights will commence from 7:30am, followed by the finals from 12 noon.
Click here for full results and round 3 draw for the Men’s Championship.
Click here for full results and the match play draw for the Women’s Championship.
Round 1 – Monday 17 October
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The 2016 Victorian Men’s and Women’s Senior Amateur Championships are underway today at Coomealla and Riverside Golf Clubs. 150 players enjoyed a sunny afternoon out on the tree-lined river layouts and both courses were presented in top condition aided by the healthy rain fall in the weeks prior.
Judy Kruger of Yarrawonga Mulwala and Buninyong’s Helen Pascoe are leading the Women’s senior field after carding a pair of 80s. Jill Blenkey of Newcastle (NSW) is 2 shots back on 82 with Ann Bowen of Coomealla a further shot back on 83 and looking to make a charge tomorrow at her home course.
Blenkey, Pascoe and Kruger are leading their respective 55-59, 60-64 and 65-69 year age categories, while Sandra Collingwood of Keysborough is looking to defend her title in the 70+ year category, tied with Flo Feltham of Buninyong on 88. Venora Smith of Woodlands carded the best nett score of 72 and is leading the 60-64 yr category. Sue Ross of Kapooka (NSW) was the best in the 55-59 category on 73, while Kruger and Ursula Turner of Clifton Springs leads the 65-69 and 70+ sections on nett 75 and 74 respectively.
Current club Champion of Coomealla, Greg Rhodes, has capitalised on his local knowledge of the first course for the tournament, being the only player to return an under-par score for the opening round and taking a one shot lead over the field. He isn’t without company however; the top of the leaderboard is quite crowded with Martin Minogue (Lakelands, WA) sitting in second position and then a 3-way tie rounds out the top three positions with Denis Warburton (Melville Glades, WA), Ian Frost (Rich River) and Michael Dunsmore (Hartfield, WA) separated via countbacks.
John Reynolds (Grange, SA) has also taken a single shot lead in the nett category, after he posted a fantastic score of 69 from a 13 handicap. Martin Minogue is sitting in second seat again with a score of 70, and is in prime position to make a move over the next two days.
2016 marks the second year both championships have been played concurrently following the success of last year at Bright and Myrtleford. Golf Victoria are delighted to be able to showcase two of the top courses in the Murray Darling district.
The Coomealla Club will host the Tournament Dinner tonight before the fields swap courses for the second rounds tomorrow morning.