Entries Open for 2016 Men’s Senior Amateur Championship

Greg Rhodes_final round Manly 595

GOLFERS aged 55 and over with a handicap less than 9.4 are eligible to enter this year’s Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship to be played at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide this October.

The championship will see many of the country’s top amateur golfers competing for the main trophy but it does have a nett component and eligible golfers could have a whale of time at the three day 54 hole event.

We attended the championship last year at Manly Golf Club in Sydney and the competitors were certainly a  friendly and accessible bunch.

The event, to be played 11-13 October 2016, has been staged since 1981 and is in it’s 36th year.

Defending champion and current holder of the Kerry Packer Trophy is Victoria’s Greg Rhodes (pictured above competing in the 2015 championship), who continues to be in great form and leads the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur rankings.

Strong rivals include fellow Victorian and 2014 champion Gordon Claney, who recently took out the Australian Men’s Senior Match Play Championship at Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Golf Club.

Other top contenders include another Victorian in Ian Frost,  who has had a number of wins in Australian Senior Amateur Ranking events this year including The National Senior Masters, Queensland Senior Amateur and SA Senior Amateur, and three time winner Stefan Albinski from NSW who won the championship in 2011, 2010 and 2009.

Kiwi Rodney Barltrop is also likely to join the field after recently finishing runner-up in the Australian Men’s Senior Match Play Championship, and with three Australian Men’s Senior Amateur titles already to his name in 2004, 2005 and 2009, he will determined to add a fourth.

More information and full entry details here: http://www.golf.org.au/eventdisplay/australian-mens-senior-amateur/9612

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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