Australian senior amateur golfing wrap: September 2019

Darryl Hearsch wraps up all the latest senior golfing action from around the country.




Harvison wins the Newcastle Seniors

Greg Harvison (Grafton) playing off a handicap of one, lead a star-studded field with his victory in the Newcastle seniors with a good round of 77.  Overall the course was the winner with only five scores under 80 in difficult conditions. A good wind was blowing along with tricky greens and diabolical bunkers that bordered on being unfair with many plugged lies being the order of the day.

Warren Gorton (Hawkes Nest) was runner-up on a count back from the evergreen senior, Greg Stanford (Mona Vale), after both players carded 78’s. Equal third place went to Peter Good (The Lakes) and Clifford Fallan (Nelson Bay) on 79.

In the nett event, Peter Good won on a countback from Greg Stanford on 74. Greg Geise (Charlestown) and Warren Gorton were next with 75’s.

Gorton back in the winner’s circle in the Horizon Seniors

Warren Gorton (Hawkes Nest) has continued his good form, winning the Horizons seniors with an excellent round of 73.  Warren was runner-up the previous day at Newcastle, two wonderful days of golf. Fresh from their recent Master Pennant victory, Mona Vale members Greg Stanford and John Karren were next, with Greg runner up with 74 and John taking out third with 75 on a count-back. Ken Brewer (Lynwood) was fourth on 75. Stanford is having a great 2019 in senior events, with Horizons being his third runner-up finish, together with three wins. 

In the nett event, local member Ken Gibson, won with a wonderful score of 69.  Runners-up in the nett event were Gorton and Stanford on 70.

The Horizons course was presented in wonderful condition with quick, smooth greens together with couch fairways of great quality.  This is the second year Horizons have sponsored a senior event and the number participants has grown due to the outstanding quality of the course. 




Fowler and Barcelon win the first event of the Sand Belt challenge at Yarra Yarra in the “Ray Barned” Senior Amateur

Winners at Yarra Yarra Kay Barcelon and Frank Fowler

Playing in his first senior event, Frank Fowler (Thirteenth Beach) won at Yarra Yarra, after returning a two over par round of 74, to win on a count-back. Runner-up was Colin George (Rosebud) who also carded 74. Third place was shared by John Wheeler (The National) and Graeme Buckland (Lonsdale) with 76’s. In the men’s nett event, Graeme Buckland narrowly won by one shot after recording a nett 70. Runner-up on a count-back was Nasser Almatrah (Huntingdale) from Colin George and David Newman (Mt Broughton), who all returned scores of nett 71.

In the women’s Scratch Stableford, Kay Barcelon (Patterson River) had 18 points to narrowly defeat Melinda Crawford (Berwick Montuna) on 17 points. In the women’s Stableford event, Tina Cowie (Pakenham) won with 33 points from Melinda Crawford (Berwick Montuna) on 29 points.

 Valentine and Barcelon win at Kingston Heath

 Stephen Valentine (Kew) took the win in the Kingston Heath Senior Amateur after winning on a count-back from Ravi De Soysa (Metropolitan), after both players returned scores of 76. In third place was Sydney sider, Doug Cullam, who is now starting to play a lot of senior events after recently retiring. Brian Mc Redmond (Riverside) comfortably claimed the men’s nett event by firing a nett 70 and beating a host of players on 72. 

Kay Barcelon (Patterson River) has gone two from two at the ‘Sandbelt Swing’ taking home the women’s scratch event with 19 points to win by one point over Helen Drake (Dorset). In the women’s stableford event, it was a win to Elizabeth Alston (Winchelsea) who returned a fine score of 36 points.

Winners at Kingston Heath L to R: Ravi De Soysa, Brian Mc Redmond, Stephen Valentine, Kay Barcelon and Elizabeth Alston

Treloar and Crawford take the win at Commonwealth

Only two players broke 80 in a tough day at Commonwealth GC with Paul Treloar (Gisborne) beating Stephen Valentine on a count back after both returned scores of 79. Doug Cullam (Monash) contined his good form ending up in third place after finishing one shot back on 80. In the nett event, Stephen Pettyfor (Eastwood) won on a count back from Phillip Jeffery (Bowral) after both returned 74’s.

In the women’s scratch stableford event, Melinda Crawford (Berwick Montuna) had an easy win with 19 points and finished eleven shots ahead of runner-up Juliana Savage (RACV Cape Schanck) on 8 points. In the women’s stableford event, Saowapa McDowall (Growling Frog) won on a count back from Elizabeth Alston after both players finished with 24 points.

McCleary and Crawford take the honours at Huntingdale

Huntingdale showed its teeth and didn’t let any golfer master the course. Scoring was very difficult on a very windy day with some holes proving too long from the back tees in the strong winds. Ian McCleary (Kooringal) was the only player who bettered 80, after carding 79 to win by three shots from Ravi De Soya (Metropolitan). Equal third place went to talented South Australian senior, Kenneth Parker (Kooyonga) and Donald Parsonage (Monash) on 83.  In the nett event, John Sist (Kooringal) won on a three way count-back from David Cheeseman (The Ridge) and Donald Parsonage (Monash) who all finished on 75 nett.

Melinda Crawford’s (Berwick Montuna) great run continued as she won the women’s scratch stableford event with 21 points from Cheryl Disher (Rossdale) on 16 points. In the stableford event, Jen Le Cerf (Clifton Springs) won with 30 points from Lisa Kent (Cerebus) on 24 points.

Gerrard and Stoettrup brave the brutal conditions at Victoria GC

What was possibly the worst of the weather for the Sandbelt week, all players who finished deserved a medal as they survived the rain, very strong winds and cold. William Gerrard (Tocumwal) off a handicap of eight, played a superb round finishing with 74. One shot behind was Michael Doutch (Woodlands) who also posted a great round of 75. Equal third place went to Kenneth Parker (Kooyonga) and Mark Abeyaratne (Penisula-Kingswood) on 78.  In the nett event, Marcus Padley (Yarra Yarra) won with a fine score of 70 from three players Jun Zhang (Yering Meadows), Ken Bruton (Glen Waverley) and Donald Parsonage (Monash) who all finished on 72.

In the women’s scratch stableford event, Marianne Stoettrup (Gisborne) won with 21 points from Kerrin Biddle (Thirteenth Beach) on 18 points. In the women’s stableford, it was a win to Colleen Warfield (Safety Beach) with 32 points from Linda Fredricson (Safety Beach) on 31 points.

Gray and Crawford take the honours in the Metropolitan Plate

Winners at Metropolitan L to R: Tina Cowie, Chris Gray, Donald Parsonage and Melinda Crawford.

On a cold day around 5 degrees and with an expectation of lightning, the foul weather missed the field and the temperature rose to 12 degrees but accompanied strong winds. Beware of the sick golfer was the order of the day as Chris Gray limped around the courses last week, but not today.  Chris Gray pulled out a strong round to win the 2019 Metropolitan Plate with 79 to beat the top golfer of the Sandbelt week, Stephen Valentine on a countback. Gray’s birdie on 16 gave him the win on a countback.

It was Valentine’s second loss on a countback in a week however it was enough to see him move into first place on the 2019 Doug Bachli order of Merit with an impressive week’s work with one win and two seconds on a countback. Tied for third on 80 was John Owen (Barwon Heads), Donald Parsonage (Monash) and Frank Fowler (Thirteenth Beach).

In the men’s nett event, Donald Parsonage won with 73 from Thomas Hislop (Sanctuary Lakes) on 75.

In the women’s scratch stableford event, it was another win to Melinda Crawford (Berwick Montuna) who had an outstanding sandbelt week, winning on three occasions. Crawford’s 21 points was enough to win from Marianne Stoettrup (Gisborne) on 17 points. Also continuing a good patch of form was Tina Cowie (Pakenham) who won her second women’s stableford prize for the week.

Edwards and Morgan win at Royal Melbourne

Winners at Royal Melbourne L to R,  Lei Cai, John Hoare, David Edwards and Jacquelin Morgan.

David Edwards (Pennant Hills) has been crowned the Royal Melbourne Seniors Classic Champion for the second year running, after returning a seven over par score of 79. Two birdies from Edwards on the back nine were enough to separate him from Michael Doutch (Woodlands) to take home the trophy for the second year in a row. Edwards has played little senior golf these last few months and excels on fast paced greens which are the norm for Royal Melbourne.

In the nett event, there was a three-way tie between John Hoare (Pakenham), David Edwards and Steven Graham (Qantas) on nett 73, with Hoare winning on a countback.

In the women’s event, Jacquelin Morgan (Monash) scored 28 scratch stableford points to win by fifteen shots over Lei Cai (Spring Valley) on 13 points. Lei Cai picked up the women’s stableford with 26 points.




Dowling and Griffith win at the Nudgee Masters

The first event on the 2019-2020 PresCare QSOOM calendar, the Nudgee Masters was played over 36 holes. Brad Dowling (Southport) returned to the winner’s circle with his win at Nudgee after retuning scores of 77-72 to finish three shots ahead of local player John Costello, who returned scores of 75-77. In the men’s nett event, it was an easy win by another local, Grahame MacDonald who returned two great rounds of 68-67 to win by eight shots over runner-up, Scott Nambour (Nambour) on 143.

In the women’s scratch event, Kathleen Griffith (Hervey Bay) won with scores of 79-82 to finish three shots ahead of Wendy O’Connell (Wantima) with scores of 84-80. In the women’s nett event, two local Nudgee players battled it out over the 36 holes. Betty Kaluschke won with scores of 71-77 from Deniese Vera on 70-80.

 Halam and O’Connell take the win at Gailes

Winner at Gailes Col Halam


A field 64 players played Gailes which was presented in pristine condition. Col Halam (Redcliffe) won on a count-back from Brad Dowling (Southport) after both players carded 75’s. In the nett event, Graham Coutts (Nudgee) had a superb round amassing 43 points to finish 3 points ahead of Noel Godbold (Nudgee) on 40 points.

In the women’s scratch event, it was another win to Wendy O’Connell (Wantima) with a fine score of 78 with Josie Ryan (Headland) finishing second with 81.  In the nett event, Theresa Tatham (Twin Waters) posted a fine score of 38 points to finish one shot ahead of O’Connell on 37 points . 

Curren and Belonogoff too good at Palmer Gold Coast

Sean Curren (Redcliffe) was too good at Palmer Gold Coast after he fired an even par round of 71. Runner-up was the consistent Brad Dowling (Southport) who carded 74. In the nett event, Terry O’Keeffe (Redcliffe) won on a count-back from Eugene Nix (RACV Royal Pines) after both players posted 36 stableford points.

In the women’s scratch event, it was another win to Alex Belonogoff  with 85. In the stableford event, Marie Voorma (Laidley) was too good on the day and won with 36 points. 





McPherson wins the Mandurah Seniors

Winner at Mandurah Ian McPherson

Veteran Ian McPherson (Joondalup), played great golf to shoot 72 and win the Mandurah seniors. Ian had four consecutive birdies on the front nine to turn in 33 which set up the win. Second was John Ryan (Mt. Lawley) with a very good 73. Third place was shared between John Banting (Royal Perth) and local Barry Squires.

Another local, Graham Bowen won the best nett. The Mandurah course was in good shape, played on a beautiful winter’s day. Thanks to Mandurah Country Club for again hosting the final event of the season.

Trevor Hughes and Sharon Dawson win the West Australian Senior Order of Merit for 2019

Winner of the 2019 WA SOOM Trevor Hughes

Trevor Hughes has edged out fellow Hartfield member Mike Dunsmore to the win the WA SOOM.
Trevor finished 5th in the Mandurah Seniors which gave him enough points to move past Dunsmore, who was overseas. John Ryan finished third and John Banting fourth.

The WA team for the Australian Seniors to be played at Maroochy River, Queensland from the 8th to the 10th October is Trevor Hughes, Mike Dunsmore, John Ryan and Evan Sewell. Evan was the leading WA player in the WA Seniors played back in April.

Sharon Dawson (Denmark) took out the WA Women’s Seniors Order of Merit from Carmen Palframan (Lake Karrinyup). In third place was another Karrinyup member, Robyn Lamb with Janine Northrop (Melville Glades) finishing fourth with Jo Jones (Bunbury) rounding out the top 5.

The WA women’s team for the Australian Seniors to be played later in the year will be Dawson, Palframan and Lamb.

WA reports by John Banting




September 08                  SOOM Shelly Beach Seniors (NSW)

September 09                  SOOM Magenta Shores Seniors (NSW)

September 09                  Keperra PresCare QSOOM (QLD)

September 09-10            Bendigo Senior Amateur (VIC)

September 10                  SOOM Wyong Seniors (NSW)

September 11                  SOOM Kooindah Waters Seniors (NSW)

September 12                  SOOM Gosford Seniors (NSW)

September 13                  SOOM Everglades Seniors (NSW)

September 16-18            Victorian Senior Men Amateur at Barwon Heads and Thirteenth Beach (VIC)*

September 16-18            Victorian Senior Women Amateur at Barwon Heads 
                                           and Thirteenth Beach (VIC)*

September 19                  SOOM Port Kembla Seniors (NSW)

September 20                  Maroochy River PresCare QSOOM (QLD)

September 21-22            SOOM Shelly Beach Seniors (NSW)

September 24                 SOOM Liverpool Seniors (NSW)  CANCELLED

October 01                       SOOM Camden Seniors (NSW)

October 03                       SOOM Monash Seniors (NSW)

October 03                       Brookwater PresCare QSOOM (QLD)

October 04                       Lang Lang Senior Amateur (VIC)

October 08-10                 The Australian Men’s Senior Amateur at Maroochy River, Qld (GA)*

October 13                       South Pacific PresCare QSOOM (QLD)

October 14                       SOOM Windsor Senior Foundation Shield (NSW)

October 14                       Wanneroo Senior Open (WA)

October 15                       Warwick PresCare QSOOM (QLD)

October 16                       City PresCare QSOOM (QLD)

October 17                       Middle Ridge PresCare QSOOM (QLD)

October 22                       SOOM Dunheved Seniors (NSW)

October 22                       Melville Glades Senior Open (WA)

October 26-27                 SOOM Moruya Senior Open (NSW)

October 28-29                 Melbourne Senior Classic (VIC)

October 31                       SOOM Twin Creeks Seniors (NSW)

November 04-06             ACT Seniors (GA OOM) *

November 17-18             SOOM Mollymook Seniors & SOOM Presentation (NSW)

November 26                   SOOM Cromer Seniors (NSW)

November 19-20             Warrnambool Senior Amateur (VIC)

November 21-22             Moyne Senior Classic (VIC)

November 04                  Virginia PresCare QSOOM (QLD)

November 26                  McLeod PresCare QSOOM (QLD)

November 15                   Lake Karrinyup Senior Open (WA)

November 26                   Joondalup Senior Open (WA)

*Part of the Golf Australia Order of Merit (GA OOM) previously known as the Australian Amateur Ranking System.


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