THE 2009 Victorian and NSW Senior Orders of Merit are underway with the first two events decided.
In Victoria, scratch marker Thomas Warren from Queenscliff GC won the 36 hole Lonsdale Senior Amateur with 75 – 72 (147) for a convincing three shot margin in the first event of the year.
Warren, in only his second appearance in Senior OOM events, kept his unbeaten record intact. His other appearance was when he won in 2006 at Port Fairy.
Played in very windy conditions, Round 1 saw a bunched leader board with Warren, Cam Muller (The Sands) and Richard Froebel (Cranbourne) all with 75’s and only 4 shots separating 11 other players. Round 2 was played in perfect conditions and challenges came from the consistent Muller (75 -75) and Colac’s Greg Welsh (77 – 73) but they could not close the gap on Warren.
The next event is the Cranbourne Seniors over 36 holes from March 16 – 17.
In NSW, Liverpool golfer Peter McGregor and Richmond’s Alan Wilson recorded even par rounds of 70 to share top Order of Merit points in the opening event for 2009, the Wollongong Seniors.
The first place trophy went to McGregor on a countback.
One shot behind this pair with 71 were regular senior event competitors Denis Dale and Geoff Everett with Everett’s round beating his age by two shots.
The Wollongong event was a great success with a strong field of more than 70 players entered. The Wollongong course and clubhouse has undergone a major revamp in recent years.
The next event is at NSW Golf Club on Monday March 16 with a capacity field entered.
Original material and photo courtesy AUSOOM