MacDonald shines in Alice Springs

Queensland senior golfer Grahame MacDonaldQUEENSLAND senior golfer Grahame MacDonald has won the 2009 Northern Territory Seniors Championship after a final day tussle with Sydney’s Denis Dale at the Alice Springs Golf Club.

The two players were equal overnight after 36 holes but MacDonald shone through over the closing holes to win by two strokes.

It was his first win on the Australian Senior Amateur Ranking calendar.
MacDonald and Dale were close all day on the challenging and testing Alice Springs layout, which has been rated as one of the world’s top desert courses.

Dale began his round with a string of pars and held a one stroke lead at the turn.

MacDonald lifted on the back nine, hitting every green from ten to fifteen and putting precisely to open a two stroke lead.

MacDonald opened the door when he bunkered on 16 but Dale missed his birdie putt on the very slick Alice Springs greens and ended up bogeying the hole.

was on the green in two but his birdie putt edged over the hole and ran 5 foot past on the very slick greens.

On the difficult 17th the tournament was virtually decided when Dale’s drive finished under the steep lip of a newly renovated bunker. Forced to play well away from the green with his second he could not make par.

MacDonald played the hole safely to avoid the greenside lake and when he matched Dale’s bogey he had maintained his two stroke lead with a hole to play.
The Queenslander finished with a rock solid par on the 18th to claim victory.
Third place was a tie between South Australia’s John Beaumont and Victorian Steve Cann, who had his best Order of Merit finish. West Australian Bob Gamsby rounded out the top five.

Final Results

NT Senior Champion: Grahame MacDonald – Nudgee   229
Runner Up: Denis Dale – Asquith   231
Nett Champion: Robin Jeggo – Palmerston   219
Nett Runner Up: Steve Cann – Bright   219
65 Years Gross: Norm Way – Gailes   242
65 Years Nett: Murray Martin – Palmerston   221
55 Years Gross: John Beaumont – Mount Gambier   234
55 Years Nett Peter Varley – Arundel hills   219 1    229   Grahame MacDonald 79 – 74 – 76 Qld
 2    231   Denis Dale 76 – 77 – 78 NSW
 3    234   John Beaumont 77 – 77 – 80 SA, Steve Cann 77 – 80 – 77 Vic
 5    237   Bob Gamsby 83 – 74 – 80 WA
 6    239   Sandy Small 79 – 78 – 82 SA
 7    240   Peter Varley 82 – 78 – 80 Qld
 8    241   Ken Glasson 85 – 77 – 79 Qld
 9    242   Ross Percy 84 – 77 – 81 Vic, Norm Way 79 – 80 – 83 Qld
11   243   Dave Morrison 82 – 84 – 77 NSW
12   245   Peter Wright 86 – 78 – 81 ACT
13   246   Lindsay Elliott 81 – 82 – 83 SA
14   247   Gary Gracie 82 – 85 – 80 NSW, Tony Mazzone 82 – 79 – 86 SA
16   248   Brian Baker 85 – 80 – 83 NSW
17   251   Muzza Martin 84 – 81 – 86 NT
18   252   Cliff Chidlow 86 – 79 – 87 NSW
19   254   Ken Lamb 85 – 86 – 83 NSW
20   259   John McEwen 86 – 86 – 87 NT
21   261   Graeme Altmann 92 – 85 – 84 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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