Third in a row for Banks at the NSW Senior Amateur

Bill BanksACT golfer Bill Banks has won the NSW Senior Amateur Championship for the third year in a row with a one stroke victory over New South Welshman Denis Dale at the Duntryleague Golf Club in Orange.

Queenslander Ken Glasson, back from the professional ranks, was third in his first senior amateur event.

In a tight and exciting final round, all four players in the final group were in it with a chance of victory.

It was the round two leader Glasson and Banks who looked to have it between them when their closest competitors, Dale and Ian Read (QLD), struck trouble early on.

But a late rally by Dale saw him join the lead with Banks and they were even standing on the par three 17th tee.

Showing all his experience and composure, Banks holed a lengthy birdie putt from off the green to reclaim a one stroke lead.

When both players parred the difficult 18th, the title deservedly went to Banks.

The long hitting Glasson showed enough to ensure he will win his fair share of future titles.

Fourth place was a three way tie between newcomers Richard Greviile and Noel Wood and the very experienced Brian Sams.
With this fourth place finish, Sams has moved to the head of the Australian Senior Ranking table with current Australian Champion Stefan Albinski dropping to second place.

The pair will resume their tussle at the end of the month in the West Australian Senior Amateur at Royal Perth.

(Photo Courtesy NSW Golf Association)

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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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