Date: November 06, 2009

Amateur Ranking Systems winners

The winners of the inaugural Australian Amateur Ranking Systems over six categories of players have been determined. Australia s best Men, Women, Boys , Girls , Senior Men and Senior Women golfers were decided over the results of various counting events during the last 12 months. The Junior Ranking Systems were won by Queenslanders Cameron Smith and Ashley Ona. Smith won two ranking events, and finished top 5 in another four, while Ona s victory in the Australian Girls Amateur Championship propelled her to the number one position. The Men’sRanking System was won by Queenslander Daniel Nisbet, while Australian Amateur Champion Justine Lee won the Women’s. In addition to the National Championship, Lee won the NSW and Queensland Amateurs, the WA 72-hole Stroke Play, and finished in the top 5 in another three events. Nisbet had a streak of wins in the middle of the year, claiming the Golf SA Classic, the Keperra Bowl and the Queensland Medal and Amateur Championship. The Men’sand Women’s Senior Rankings, for players aged 55 years and over, saw recently crowned Australian Senior Amateur Champion, Sylvia Donohoe from NSW take out the women’s ranking, while the winner of four State Senior Titles and the Australian Men’sSenior Match Play Championship, Stefan Albinski took out the men’s title. The Super Senior Section, for players aged 65 years and over, also went to Queenslanders, in Fay Payne and Ian Read. The Senior Ranking Systems Winners have recently been presented with their Medals, while the junior and open age winners will be acknowledged at the Srixon 2010 Australian Amateur Championships in March in Perth. The Systems were highly competitive and provided vast interest for amateur golfers of all ages and genders. Over 3,500 players across Australia competed in at least one Ranking Event over the six categories. The Australian Amateur Ranking Systems replaced previous Boys and Senior Men’sOrder of Merit competitions, and saw the introduction of the inaugural Girls and Women’s Senior Ranking Systems. The conditions of the open age Ranking Systems were modified to see consistent principles and conditions across all six ranking categories. The Systems are provided as a service to Australian golf as well as to achieve the following objectives: To replace the use of handicaps as the primary entry standard for national amateur championships. This will provide a fairer and better outcome for players, and Golf Australia encourages all other domestic operators of elite amateur events to consider adopting the same improved procedure. To be used as a supporting tool for team selection. To increase participation in the events which count towards a player s Ranking Average. Each System is points-based, and operates over a 12-month rolling period. All National Championships and each State s Amateur Championships in the respective Systems count towards a player s average, in addition to various other major events nominated by the States, including those which have been National Ranking Events in the past. Players points are determined by their finishing positions in each event and the events themselves are weighted with the events traditionally attracting the strongest fields being awarded the most points. View the Final Results of the 2009 Australian Men&aposs Ranking System View the Final Results of the 2009 Australian Women&aposs Ranking System View the Final Results of the 2009 Australian Boys&apos Ranking System View the Final Results of the 2009 Australian Girls&apos Ranking System View the Final Results of the 2009 Australian Men&aposs Senior Ranking System View the Final Results of the 2009 Australian Women&aposs Senior Ranking System