Tasmania Senior Open 2009

Michael LeedhamVICTORIAN Michael Harwood has won the Tasmania Senior Open Championship for 2009 whilst local Michael Leedham (pictured) made it three in a row in the amateur section.

Harwood won the championship with rounds of 75 and 69, a 36-hole total of 144 (EV), from fellow Victorian Trevor McDonald and defending champion Garry Merrick, who were equal second on 146 (+2).

Leedham, from Mowbray Golf Club, took the amateur title with scores of 73 and 74, a total of 147 (+3).

The event was staged at the Launceston Golf Club, Kings Meadows from February 20-21.

The Senior Open includes both senior professionals and senior amateur golfers with the amateurs also competing in an Australian Senior Ranking System event.

Leedham won the amateur section by three shots from South Australian John Beaumont, who continued his climb up the senior golfing ladder with his second place score of 150.

Beaumont followed his opening 77 with an impressive round of 73.

One shot behind Beaumont was long hitting Tasmanian “Whippy” Wellington who returned consistent rounds of 75 and 76.

Tasmanian Duncan Grant claimed fourth place with a pair of 78s (156), two ahead of West Australian Nigel Goodall on 158. Goodall second round of 77 was a nice improvement on his opening 81.
Ian Read failed to recapture his round one putting form and slipped to an 82 after his opening 77.

Denis Dale improved with a second round 78 but his disappointing 82 in round one played him out of contention, eventually finishing in seventh place, tied with local player Tony Bailey (80-80).

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of 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 Australian Senior Golfer 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, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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