Albinski wins 5th national senior amateur title

AUSTRALIA’S top senior amateur golfer Stefan Albinski has won his fifth national title after a resounding victory at the 2011 Men’s Senior Match Play Championship this week.

In challenging conditions at the Thirteenth Beach Golf Links on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, Albinski beat fellow Sydneysider Greg Corben 7&5 in the final.

Albinkii, who also won the title in 2009, took the lead after the second hole and although Corben fought back gamely the champion was never really challenged, finishing three under par for the 13 holes.

Both players has some tight matches to secure their place in the final, with Albinski being taken to the 18th hole in two of his previous four matches.

Corben needed to get past New Zealand’s Rodney Bartrop in the semi-final and last year’s runner up, Colin Hallam, in the quarter-final to make it to the last two.

Last year’s Champion, Chris Coats, was knocked out in the quarter-finals.

With his two national match play titles added to three wins in the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship in 2011, 2010 and 2008, Albinski has had a stranglehold on the senior circuit since turning 55 and winning the national stroke championship in his rookie year.

In the play off for third place, Barltrop defeated Queenslander Dave Morrison 6&5.

The inaugural Super Senior Section of the Championship (65 plus) went to West Australian Alex Cleave who was 2-under par in his 15 holes, defeating Victorian Denis Long 5&4.

The 2012 Australian Senior Match Play Championship will move to the Twin Creeks Golf Club in Sydney and will again be played at the end of October.

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