Denis Dale over arch rival in senior match play

Denis Dale (left) and Rick Oliver

Denis Dale (pictured left) has beaten arch rival Rick Oliver to take out the 2008 Australian Men’s Senior Golf Match Play Championship at Barwon Heads.

The two NSW golfers have had some epic battles over the years and a show down between the two top seeds had loomed all week as 32 entrants battled each other as well as some uncertain weather conditions.

Oliver and Dale finished one two in that order in this year’s Men’s Senior Amateur Australian Order of Merit and Dale was delighted to reverse the tables.

In perfect conditions today, he won 6/4 on the 14th hole in a match many expected would go right down to the wire. Dale played excellent, golf missing just one green in regulation and was one under the card when the match concluded.

Oliver played solidly but narrowly missed a few vital putts on the tricky Barwon Heads greens.

The photo below of the outcome of their first two tee shots shows just how evenly matched they are.

Seeded one and two respectively, Oliver and Dale both won tightly contested semi-finals 2/1. Oliver had a close tussle with John Beaumont (SA) with the match all square after 13 hole whilst Dale established an early advantage over Norm Way (Qld) but was only 1 up after 15 holes.

First tee shots

Final Result:

Rick Oliver (NSW) vs Denis Dale (NSW)
Score: Denis Dale has won 6/4


Hole 1 (par 4): Halved
Hole 2 (Par 3): Denis had a par to go 1up
Hole 3 (par 4): Halved
Hole 4 (par 3): Halved
Hole 5 (par 5): Denis had a birdie to go 2up
Hole 6 (par 4): Halved
Hole 7 (par 4): Halved
Hole 8 (par 3): Denis had a par to go 3up
Hole 9 (par 4): Denis had a par to go 4up

Hole 10 (par 4): Halved in birdies
Hole 11 (par 4): Denis had a par to go 5up
Hole 12 (par 4): Rick had a par to close the gap and go 4 down
Hole 13 (par 3): Denis had a par to go 5up
Hole 14 (par 5): Denis had a par to win 6&4

Denis Dale with Championship Trophy

Photos courtesy Golf Australia

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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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