Date: October 22, 2012
Author: Golf Australia

Senior Women’s Amateur begins next week

The Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship tees off at Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club in Canberra on Monday. A field of 90 players will tee off, with defending champion and seven-time winner, Sylvia Donohoe from Narooma Golf Club on the NSW South Coast, a strong favourite. Donohoe will be hoping to claim her eighth title, to go with her victories in 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2002 and 2001. Donohoe will face fierce competition from fellow New South Welshwoman Jacqui Morgan from Monash Country Club on Sydney s northern beaches, who currently sits at number two on the Senior Rankings, while New Zealand s Robyn Boniface is also sure to be in the mix. Former champions Josie Ryan (Qld) and Wendy O Connell (Qld) are also sure to be competitive, as will Western Australia s Ros Fisher and Qld s Vicki Laws. Home town favourites are Nicky Moon and Liz Smyth. The Gungahlin Lakes course will provide a true national championship test, with the 5,361 metre, par 72 layout, sure to impress. Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club is not unknown to national championships, having hosted the 2004 Australian Boys Interstate Teams Matches an event which included current PGA Tour players Jason Day and Matt Jones. Players will contest 18-holes stroke play qualifying on each of Monday and Tuesday, with the leading 16 players advancing to the Championship Match Play Rounds. A further 32 players will qualify for their respective age division matches. The event is in its 26th year, having been played since 1987, and is Australia s premier women’s senior event.