Round 2 – Claney and Murphy Notch Up Victories at Bendigo
Gordon Claney has claimed the maiden Bendigo Senior Amateur title following the final round at Bendigo Golf Club this morning. Like yesterday the conditions were again simply perfect, as the sun’s rays radiated over the tree lined layout.
The Kinston Heath member closed with a brilliant three under 69 to sit nicely alongside his two under yesterday afternoon. Claney’s brilliant bogey free round today consisted of 9 straight pars going out before finishing in style with three birdies on the back. His nearest rival was joint round one leader Ian Frost who returned 75 this morning to take out second place six shots back on 145.
Claney is stamping his authority on the Doug Bachli Trophy with recent victories at Sorrento and Port Fairy late last year. Today’s win will move into him to second place on the order of merit standings to sit narrowly behind Tony Hyde of Rossdale.
Meanwhile, overnight leader and Kyneton member Denise Murphy signed for 91 today to accompany her 89 yesterday to take top gross honours in the 36 hole women’s section. In the women’s stableford sector, Ruth Mcalister from Lakeside – Lake Boga took home the winning prize with rounds of 39 and 34 points to be four points clear of Jenny Roe. Not only was it a fantastic win for Mcalister but it is also her birthday – a fitting end!
Barry Miles continued his dominance from yesterday’s nett round of 66 with a very solid 69 off of his 11 handicap. Miles now resides in Queensland and is based at Sanctuary Cove but has also been a long serving member of the Bendigo Golf Club since 1969. Ignatius Duivenvoorden notched of Garry House on a count back to take second place in the overall nett trophy. Duivenvoorden and House both finished on a 137 tournament total.
Round 1 – Claney & Frost take charge at Bendigo
Gordon Claney and Ian Frost are tied for the lead after the opening round of the inaugural Bendigo Senior Amateur. The afternoon skies were clear and conditions conducive for good scoring as 54 men and 12 women contested for the respective titles.
Both Claney (Kingston Heath) and Frost (Bendigo) fired excellent rounds of two under-par 70. Playing together, the duo mirrored each others nines with one over 36 on the front before storming home with three under on the back side.
Joining the final group and applying the pressure to the joint leaders will be John Keller of Hill Top and John Smith from the Metropolitan Golf Club. Keller and Smith finished with 73 apiece to sit there shots back and well within striking distance of the overnight frontrunners.
Kyneton’s Denise Murphy is heading the way in the women’s stroke section after carding a round of 89. Carol Wiseman is in outright second place after the Murray Downs member returned 93.
In the men’s nett sector, Queenslander Barry Miles is leading the charge after the 11 marker signed for a solid 66 to lead his nearest competitor, John Smith, by a single shot. Playing of a handicap of 29, Ruth Mcalister (Lakeside – Lake Boga) tallied a stellar 39 points to be out in font in the women’s stableford component.
The final round will conclude tomorrow morning.