GREG CORBEN from the Twin Creeks Golf Club in NSW has gone wire to wire to win the 2011 Queensland Senior Men’s Amateur Championship at the Southport Golf Club.
Corben was a model of consistency throughout the three-day tournament with rounds of 73, 72 and 74 on the par 71 course seeing him win by six shots.
Corben went in to the third round with a one shot lead and after a birdie on the second hole was never headed.
Roy Vanderslvis (The Lakes) found himself in the final group after a consistent second round of 74 (+3) to join his first round of 75 (+4). Although Vanderslvis was unable to put any pressure on the leader his final round of 5-over par (76) was enough to finish in outright second place.
Defending Champion John Beaumont (Mt Gambier) was unable to maintain his form from the first and second rounds, finishing out the tournament with a third round 8-over par (79).
Robert Lewis (Windsor) won the Nett Championship on a count back with nett scores of 71, 68, 70 to finish four shots better than his handicap. The Nett Runner up trophy went to Joseph Scopacasa (The Grange) with nett rounds 0f 69, 70 and 70.
National member Paul Lulofs aged 71 was the only player to shoot under par over the tournament after a solid one under-par final round of 70. Lulofs round produce the rare accomplishment of a player shooting less than his age in a State Senior Championship event.
219 Greg CORBEN ( NSW ) 72 – 74 – 73 Twin Creeks
225 Roy VANDERSLUIS ( NSW ) 75 – 74 – 76 The Lakes
226 John BEAUMONT ( SA ) 73 – 74 – 79 Mt Gambier
Greg COLLINS ( QLD ) 77 – 75 – 74 Tewantin
Michael PEECK ( QLD ) 76 – 74 – 76 Dalby
Rory SLADE ( QLD ) 74 – 73 – 79 Surfers Paradise
227 Rodney BARLTROP ( NZ ) 75 – 78 – 74 Royal Wellington
228 Ian DONALDSON ( NZ ) 72 – 77 – 79 Waitikiri NZ
229 Alan BULLAS ( VIC ) 75 – 76 – 78 Commonwealth
230 Trevor BOX ( QLD ) 76 – 78 – 76 Hills
Peter KING ( QLD ) 80 – 73 – 77 Windaroo
AUSSIE SENIORS BEAT KIWIS IN ANNUAL GRUDGE MATCH
EARLIER this month the Australian Senior Amateur Golf Team defeated the arch rival Kiwi senior squad to take the 2011 Sanctuary Cove Trophy.
In a tense final day of individual matchplay, with the results in the balance right to the end, the Australians matched the New Zealanders for a 6 all result in the individual games. Added to the overnight 3 point lead gained after the foursomes and fourball matches this gave the 2011 trophy to Australia by 13.5 points to 10.5.
This victory gives Australia a three series to two lead over New Zealand. The 2012 challenge is currently scheduled for February in Christchurch and is sure to be another great contest between these two friendly rivals.
The Australian team included Stephan Albinksi, Paul Maslen, Col Hallam, Chris Coats, Peter King, John Beaumont, Grahame MacDonald, Ross Percy, Greg Corben, Denis Dale, Rick Oliver and Roy Vandersluis.