Date: April 19, 2011

Seniors head for Barossa battle

Visit the Event Page One of the strongest fields in recent times is set to travel to Tanunda Pines Golf Club in South Australia s stunning Barossa Valley for the 2011 Australian Men’sSenior Amateur Championship from 3-5 May. Over 70 players will contest the Championship, which has been played since 1981 with the winner lifting the Kerry Packer Trophy. Defending champion Stefan Albinski from NSW will headline the field, vying for his third title in four years. Albinski is the number one ranked senior amateur golfer in Australia and currently holds three State Senior Amateur titles. One of New Zealand s finest senior players, Rodney Barltrop, will also be in contention. Barltrop has won the championship three times since 2004. Flying the flag for South Australia will be John Beaumont from Mount Gambier Golf Club. Beaumont was part of the winning Australian Team that won the teams event at the 2010 Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship in Bangkok. One of the oldest players in the field is 71 year-old Tony Gresham from NSW. Gresham, one of Australia s greatest ever amateur golfers with wins in the 1975 Australian Amateur Championship and NSW Open, and the 1976 South Australian Open. He was also a member of the Eisenhower Trophy Team from 1968-1980, and is the only Australian player who produced a counting score in the team score for every one of his 28 rounds. The event will be played from 3-5 May over 54-holes stroke play and with all players from the top 20 of the Australian Men’sSenior Ranking System competing, the competition will be fierce.