Blizard storms 2012 National Senior Masters

NSW golfer Graham Blizard has been shaking up the Australian Senior Amateur Golf scene with his third title from four starts.

Blizard won the just completed 2012 National Senior Masters by five strokes, making his only recent loss the NSW Seniors where he was just a stroke away from the leaders.

The Twin Creeks Golf Club member played with great control and confidence on all three of the testing National courses with his scores of 72-78-72=222 giving him a clear victory over fellow Twin Creeks member Greg Corben (79-71-77=227).

Corben had a good start to the final round and established an early lead but Blizard’s power and touch soon had him in control.

Third place went to the regular top performer, West Australian Ian McPherson (73-81-76=230) while fourth place belonged to South Australia’s top senior John Beaumont (73-79-78=231).

NSW senior Roy Vandersluis (77-74-81=232) had yet another top five finish while popular Victorian Alan Buckley showed a glimpse of his previous top class form with an easy win in the 54 hole net championship.

This top placing saw Buckley leap straight into the Top 10 in the 2012 Australian Senior Ranking Net Competition. This is the first year for the event and the competition for medals awarded at the end of the year is hotting up.

Final Scores:

222   Graham BLIZARD   72 – 78 – 72 NSW

227   Greg CORBEN   79 – 71 – 77 NSW

230   Ian MCPHERSON   73 – 81 – 76 NSW

231   John BEAUMONT   73 – 79 – 79 SA

232   Roy VANDERSLUIS   77 – 74 – 81 NSW

233   John RADEMAKERS   77 – 77 -79 NZ

233   Chris COATS   81 – 74 – 78 QLD

234   Paul MASLEN   83 – 75 – 76 NSW

235   Chris GORDON   76 – 81 – 78 NSW

235   Tham CHIN   79 – 80 – 76 VIC

235   Michael JACKSON   76 – 80 – 79 VIC

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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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