Date: July 31, 2008

Rick Oliver and Tony Gresham come out on top

Rick Oliver, from Young in country NSW, has been victorious in this year s Australian Senior Order of Merit, comfortably defeating the champion of the first two Australian Senior Order of Merits, Denis Dale. Oliver s consistent form throughout the season saw him victorious finishing on 1426 points from the 13 events that made up the 2007 2008 Australian Senior Order of Merit (with the best 9 events to count). Oliver was unable to defend his Australian Senior Amateur title this year, yet he consistently finished in the top 10 of the Australian Senior Order of Merit events ensuring a comfortable win on the points table. Oliver s solid performances through the year proved too good for his closest rivals in Dale (1241 points) and Ross Percy (1212 points) who took out third place. Brian Sams was one of the in-form players throughout the year winning three state/ territory senior amateur championships throughout the course of the event. Another in-form player was newly eligible senior Stefan Albinski, who won three titles in the latter part of the event, including his debut win at the Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Royal Perth Golf Club in April. Albinski will be ready to challenge Oliver, Dale, Sams and the other competitors of the Australian Senior Order of Merit in 2008-2009. Former Australian Amateur champion Tony Gresham was successful in the Australian Senior Order of Merit (65+) category finishing on 742 points. West Australian Alex Cleave, who was second at the Australian Senior Amateur Championship at Royal Perth finished just behind Gresham on 485 points. Mal Roberts, also from Western Australia, finished the season in third place in the 65+ category on 478 points. Overall Gresham finished 10th, having played just 4 events for the year, including his victory (tied with Bill Banks) at the NSW Senior Amateur. The 2007 – 2008 Australian Senior Order of Merit consisted of 13 events which included the Australian Men’sSenior Amateur Championship which was held at the picturesque Royal Perth in April, seven state or territory amateurs and a further five secondary state events. Golf Australia congratulates Rick and Tony on their fantastic golf over the course of the year, as well as all other competitors who have participated in the events. Golf Australia would also like to thank the state associations and host clubs for assisting with the conduct of the different events that make up the Australian Senior Order of Merit.