Date: December 12, 2013
Author: Golf NSW

Nine NSW Seniors Selected in Australian team

Nine NSW Seniors have been selected in the twelve member Golf Australia Senior Team for the 2014 Sanctuary Cove Trophy an annual match against seniors from New Zealand. The match will be played in February 2014 at Muriwai Golf Club, North West of Auckland. The team members are Stefan Albinski (NSW), Sal Ballard (NSW), Ross Bockman (NSW), Alan Bullas (Vic), Denis Dale (NSW), Richard Greville (NSW), Peter King (Qld), David Limbach (NSW), Greg McKay (NSW), Ian McPherson (WA), Greg Stanford (NSW) and Roy Vandersluis (NSW). [Current top ranked players Paul Maslen and Vince Clark were unavailable]. Australia will be looking to win back the trophy with New Zealand winning the title in both 2012 and 2013. Denis Dale is Australia&aposs number one ranked player on the Australian Men’sSenior Ranking system with a number of recent top finishes including runner up in the Australian Men’sSenior Match Play and ACT Amateur. Stefan Albinski sits in second place on the rankings, and has three Australian Senior Amateur titles to his name. Albinski has again performed consistently throughout 2013. Winner of the 2013 Australian Men’sSenior Match Play Ian McPherson will also be invaluable to the team along with the ever consistent Roy Vandersluis. The team also features some fresh faces including Greg McKay who joins the team after performing well in recent events including the ACT Senior, Sal Ballard who is emerging as a top contender in all the events he plays and Greg Stanford who has performed well for several years at both the national and state level. The two 12-man teams contest Foursomes and Four-ball Match Play on day one, followed by Singles Match Play on day two. The event has been played seven times previously, with New Zealand taking a 4 3 lead over Australia. The Sanctuary Cove Trophy continues to grow in popularity and although a very competitive event, the camaraderie that exists between the players from both countries makes it enjoyable on and off the course.