AUSTRALIA’S leading senior amateur golfer, Stefan Albinski, has again shown his class in a come from behind win to take the 2009 Tasmanian Senior Amateur Championship.
After starting with a seven over par 78, Albinski snatched the title from a string of hopefuls with two final sub par rounds (69-70).
Keen observers are already likening the Sydney golfer to Tiger Woods, in that he seems to be able to pull out whatever it takes to win a title.
On the final hole at the Mowbray Golf Course when a birdie three was needed to clinch victory, Albinski played his second shot from under the trees to six inches from the hole.
With his putter running hot, the Mona Vale golfer averaged a birdie every three holes in the final two rounds.
Albinski, 55, has now played in seven Senior Ranking events for five victories and two fourth place finishes. He is a hot favourite to take out the NSW Senior Championship beginning next week and he can also start preparing a place on the mantle for his second Australian Senior Amateur Championship title. This event takes place on Bribie Island in May.
Tied for second two shots behind Albinski were Brian Sams (72-76-71), Grahame MacDonald (74-70-75) and Michael Leedham (73-72-74).
Sams again played well in the final round but a couple of early missed putts took their toll. Sams has finished second to Albinksi in several senior tournaments in recent times and is still looking for a chink in the armour.
MacDonald was very pleased with his best performance in a senior event and Leedham, who has won this event four times in a row, will no doubt be back next year at the same venue more determined than ever.
Fifth placegetter, South Australian John Beaumont (71-73-78) led the tournament after the first two rounds and was well in contention for most of the final day until a string of late bogies ruined his chances. Beaumont is one to watch for the future.
New South Wales regulars Tony Kennings (75-75-73). and Jack Parker (74-73-77) finished in 6th and 7th places. Kennings started the final round with a bogey and two double bogies but showed his grit and determination playing the final 13 holes in three under par.
Parker had his best tournament for some time. Two strokes further back in seventh place was South Australia’s Tony Mazzone (79-72-75), who bounced back after his early setback.
The Top 10 was rounded out with a five way tie between Greg Corben (NSW) (74-78-76), Pat Giles (VIC) (73-74-81), Denis Dale (NSW)(77-72-79), Lindsay Elliot (SA)(75-77-76) and Ian Read (QLD)(77-72-79).