NSW golfer Rick Oliver has won the Australian Senior Order of Merit with an exceptional year of consistent golf.
Oliver posted an amazing record of 11 Top 10 finishes from 12 starts and takes the 2007-2008 title despite not winning an individual event.
He also finished tied for 11th in the Australian Seniors and was placed in the Top 5 in six events.
Runner-up in the AUSOOM was Denis Dale (NSW), who won the competition in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Dale also had a consistent year without winning a title finishing in the Top 10 in seven of the 10 events contested.
Third place went to Victorian Ross Percy. Percy contested eleven events and was placed in the Top 10 in six, including a fourth place in the 2008 Australian Seniors Championship.
New South Wales senior Tony Gresham won the Senior Order of Merit Medal for golfers aged 65 years and older. Gresham finished ahead of the West Australian pair of Alex Cleave and Mal Roberts.
Players will receive their medals as part of the presentations for the 2008 Australian Senior Matchplay Championships to be held at Barwon Heads from September 21-26.
The Men’s Senior Order of Merit is open to golfers aged 55 plus and runs annually from August 1, through to July 31 the following year.
Top 10 players on the Order of Merit
1. Rick Oliver NSW 1426 points
2. Denis Dale NSW 1241 points
3. Ross Percy VIC 1212 points
4. Brian Sams NSW 1104 points
5. Nigel Goodall WA 1090 points
6. Stefan Albinski NSW 1010
7. Grahame MacDonald QLD 961
8. John Beaumont SA 936
9. Ross Bockman NSW 780
10. Tony Gresham NSW 742
For full details see the Australian Senior Order of Merit website at www.ausoom.com