Date: April 27, 2010

Champions aplenty at 2010 Men’s Senior Amateur

The nation s capital is set to welcome 130 elite senior amateur golfers from as far away as the United States for the 2010 Australian Men’sSenior Amateur Championship held from 28-30 April at Royal Canberra Golf Club. 2009 champion Rodney Barltrop (NZ) returns to defend his title, aiming to lift the Kerry Packer Trophy for a fourth time following his wins in 2004 and 2005. Stefan Albinski, the current Western Australian, Queensland and Tasmanian Senior Amateur champion will be looking to add his second Australian Senior Amateur title to his 2008 victory. Albinski is currently ranked first on the Australian Men’sSenior Rankings and also won the Australian Men’sSenior Match Play Championship in Victoria last year. Three-time champion Tony Gresham (NSW) will be joined by two-time champion Denis Dale (NSW) among other leading contenders at the course which will also host the 2013 Women’s Australian Open. Together with Rodney Barltrop, Americans Randall King and Kemp Richardson will lead the internationals in the field. Richardson, the 2001 US Senior Amateur and British Senior Amateur Champion will be aiming to win his first Australian Senior Amateur crown. He became part of United States Golf Association history by winning the USGA Senior Amateur, a title his father, John, won in 1987. The Richardsons are believed to be the only father-son combination to win USGA titles. Royal Canberra Golf Club last hosted the Australian Men’sSenior Amateur Championship 1987. The championship was last held in the ACT at Yowani Golf Club 1998. The first Australian Men’sSenior Amateur Championship was played in 1981, over 36- holes qualifying with the leading 32 players qualifying for elimination match play. From 2004 onwards, the event has been contested over 54-holes stroke play. Players must be 55 years and over to be eligible for the Championship.