King wins back to back NSW senior amateur titles

QUEENSLANDER Peter King has successfully defended his NSW Senior Amateur Championship taking the 2012 title in an exciting playoff at the Lynwood Golf Club in western Sydney.

In a tournament oft threatened by heavy rain, King finished in a tie with Coolangatta Tweed Heads golfer Rod Dale after 54 holes.

On the first playoff hole both had good tee shots but when Dale’s second missed the green and ended up with a difficult lie King’s par was enough for him to claim successive titles.

King, from the Windaroo Lakes Golf Club, is proving something of a bane to the Dale family, defeating brother Denis in a matching playoff for the same title last year.

Dale was comforted by the fact that he took home not just the runner up trophy but was also the winner of the concurrently held 2012 NSW Senior Country Championship.

King is now gaining a reputation as a sudden death playoff specialist, having late last year defeated Roy Vandersluis in a playoff for the 2011 Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship.

Finishing just one stroke out of the playoff at Lynwood were NSW seniors Stefan Albinski and Graham Blizard.

Albinski has had a stellar senior amateur golfing career but the NSW championship is the only senior state title that continues to elude him.

The Sydney golfer had a very out of character final round 80 in admittedly tough going conditions but was still in contention on the last when a missed short putt put him out of the playoff.

Blizard is at the other end of the senior golfing spectrum, playing in his first NSW Senior Championship his final round 72 was just a whisker away from providing him with a debut come from behind victory. That sort of form augurs well for a very successful senior career.

The next big event on the senior amateur golfing circuit is the 2012 West Australian Seniors Championship at the Cottesloe Golf Club March 21 – 23.

Final Results 2012 NSW Senior Amateur Championship:

223 Peter KING 74-72-77  , Rodney DALE 73-74-76

224 Stefan ALBINSKI 71-73-80  , Graham BLIZARD 78-74-72

228 William BANKS 71-79-78  ACT, Trevor BOX 73-78-77

229 Richard GREVILLE 74-75-80  , Roy VANDERSLUIS 76-76-77

230 Ross BOCKMAN 77-73-80  , Denis DALE 78-77-75

231 Vince CLARK 74-82-75  , Greg STANFORD 78-74-79

232 John MACPHERSON 78-81-73

233 Denis DAY 77-84-72  , Robert STEELE 71-80-82

234 Gary BATMAN 75-79-80  , David EDWARDS 77-76-81

234 David LIMBACH 76-76-82  , Greg MCKAY 77-75-82

234 Russell ROGERS 79-78-77

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little 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 ASG 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, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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