Date: October 21, 2015
Author: Golf Victoria

Day two of the Victoria Senior Amateur

Victorian Women's Senior Amateur

Lynne Brown (Kingston Heath) has taken the number one qualifying position after the 36-hole stroke play component of the 2015 Victorian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship concluded today at the Bright Country Golf Club.

Brown carded a second round of 8-over-par 80 on the stunning Bright layout, for a 36-hole total of 159. The 57 participating players from 34 different clubs enjoyed fine and mild conditions for the second successive day after having played the first round at nearby Myrtleford on Monday.

The remaining three qualifying positions for the Victorian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship match play rounds were taken by Nikki Haines from Moore Park (NSW), June Tickell from Trafalgar and Helen Pascoe from Buninyong. With Wednesday’s match play rounds returning to Myrtleford, Brown will meet Pascoe in the first semi-final while Haines will clash with Tickell to determine the two players to move onto the afternoon 18-hole final.

In qualifying in the lead position, Brown claimed the 55-59 Age Salver with Tickell (60-64), Marg Tobin of Corowa (65-69), and Heather Baxter of Yarrawonga Mulwala (70+) claiming their respective Age Salvers.

The best 36-Hole Nett titles were taken out by Haines (55-59), Mary Walkinshaw of Box Hill (60-64), Angela Fooks of Kyneton (65-69) and Shirley Shelton of Trentham (70+).

After being first introduced in last year’s Championship, two age bracket flights will also contest a Knock-Out Match Play format equivalent to the overall Championship. It will comprise of the leading four players from ages 55-64, and 65 and over. Please see links below for qualifiers and results.

Golf Victoria extends its sincere thanks to the Bright and Myrtleford clubs for the superb manner which they’ve hosted the Women’s and Men’s Victorian Senior Championships. 2015 marks the first time that these pinnacle senior events for men and women have been played concurrently in the same location as per many other State titles, including the Men’s and Women’s Victorian Open.


Victorian Men's Senior Amateur

In the Men's Championship, it was John Banting will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the 2015 Victorian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship following the second round played at the Myrtleford Golf Club today (Tuesday 20 October).The 58-year-old from the Royal Perth Golf Club fired a one under 70 today for a two-round total of 145 (two-over-par) to lead from a bunch on fellow interstaters. Greg Ellis moved into contention after firing the best round of the day with a two under-par 69, including 5 birdies.

Tomorrow sets up for an interesting final round with 12 players within 8 shots of the lead.

At the beautifully presented 5707-metre par 71 Myrtleford layout nestled among the neighboring foothills of the Ovens Valley, players enjoyed perfect scoring conditions for the second successive day albeit under overcast skies. A brief suspension of play occurred at 3:45pm with some threatening skies. However, when play resumed little breeze was to speak of.

The Victorian Men’s Senior Amateur Handicap Championship, which is played concurrently with the stroke title, sees Robert Angus from Cumberland (NSW) lead with a two-round nett (handicap reduced) total of 138. Greg Ellis & Ian Donaldson are within 3 and 4 shots respectively. 

The halfway cut saw 84 players with 36-hole stroke scores of 165 and better or 36-hole nett scores of 158 and better qualify to play the final round tomorrow. The Victorian Men’s Senior Amateur returns to the similarly picturesque Bright Country Golf Club for the final round of the 54-hole Championship for male amateur golfers aged 55.

Due to the forecast of inclement weather later in the day, play will commence at 8.00am via a multi-tee (shotgun) start at Bright for those that made the cut. The remainder will play at Myrtleford via a two-tee start beginning at 8am.