QUEENSLANDER Grahame MacDonald has taken advantage of a day of perfect weather from his home state to build a commanding three stroke lead heading into the final round of the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship at Bribie Island Golf Club.
The overnight joint leader revelled in the sunshine and shot a solid second round even-par 72 to lead the championship at one under par.
New South Welshman Rodney Dale started his second day of senior competition as joint leader but had and up and down day to card a three over 75.
Dale’s three birdies were outweighed by six bogeys. He finished in a pack of four in second place at two over.
This group includes former champion Rod Barltrop and fellow Kiwi Arther Parkin, along with Victoria’s Chris Tatt.
Tatt is being bolstered by the company of a very special caddie, his daughter Angela Tatt, a professional golfer who competed in the Women’s Australian Open at Metropolitan Golf Club earlier this year
The fight back round of the day went to Queenslander Ray Geary, who after opening with a tough 88, surged back up the leaderboard with a one over par 73 in his second round.
New Zealand’s Murray Martin shot an even par 72 to sit at five over.
Martin is part of the New Zealand team to compete in next week’s Sanctuary Cove Trophy.
Victorian John Taylor bounced back from an opening round 77 to card an even-par 72 to be level with Martin.
Defending champion Stefan Albinski hit a second round 80 and is languishing nine shots shy of the leader.
ROUND 2 LEADERBOARD
Pos Name State Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 MACDONALD, Grahame (Qld) 71 72 143
2 BARLTROP, Rodney (NZ) 72 74 146
3 DALE, Rodney (NSW) 71 75 146
4 PARKIN, Arthur (NZ) 73 73 146
5 TATT, Chris (Vic) 74 72 146
6 CORBEN, Greg (NSW) 73 76 149
7 TAYLOR, John (Vic) 77 72 149
8 WEBBER, Martin (NZ) 74 75 149
9 MARTIN, Murray (NZ) 77 72 149
10 MCPHERSON, Ian (WA) 76 74 150
11 LEITCH, Michael (NZ) 74 76 150
12 BOWEN, Graham (WA) 74 77 151
13 MAHER, Michael (Qld) 76 75 151
14 CLEAVE, Alex (WA) 73 78 151
15 SHANNON, Barry (NZ) 77 75 152
16 STANFORD, Greg (NSW) 74 78 152
17 ALBINSKI, Stefan (NSW) 72 80 152
18 BANKS, Bill (ACT) 76 76 152
19 GAMSBY, Bob (WA) 73 79 152
20 GREVILLE, Richard (NSW) 77 75 152
Round One Report
NEWCOMER Rod Dale and recent Top End seniors winner Grahame McDonald share a one stroke lead after the opening round of the 2009 Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship at Bribie Island Golf Club.
Dale is from the Tweed Heads Coolangatta club and is playing in his first Australian seniors event. He is the younger brother of long time tour stalwart and former champion Denis Dale.
He played great golf to break par in his opening seniors round and be one under with McDonald, who won the recent Northern Territory Senior Amateur Championship.
Looming just one stroke away is current Australian senior champion Stefan Albinski, who is still hot favourite to take the title in his second year.
Albinski has shown an uncanny ability to be able to do whatever it takes to come from behind and snatch tournaments.
He is sitting on par along with NSW senior Ross Bockman and New Zealand’s Rodney Barltrop, a two-time former champion.
A further shot back is a group of six including 2008 runner-up Alex Cleave (WA), former Australian Men’s Senior Match Play champion Chris Coats (QLD) and Asia Pacific Golf Confederation Senior Amateur team member Brian Sams.
Also in this group finishing on 73 were Greg Corben, Bob Gamsby and Arthur Parkin.
The Australian Senior Interstate Strokes Team Event is also determined in conjunction with the Senior Amateur.
The New South Wales team, lead by Stefan Albinski, holds a one shot lead over the Western Australian team lead by Alex Cleave and Bob Gamsby. Grahame McDonald led the opening day charge for Queensland into third place.
The second round action continues today (Wednesday).
2009 AUSTRALIAN MEN’S SENIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND ONE LEADERS:
Pos Name State Rd 1
1 DALE, Rodney (NSW) 71
2 MACDONALD, Grahame (Qld) 71
3 ALBINSKI, Stefan (NSW) 72
4 BARLTROP, Rodney (NZ) 72
5 BOCKMAN, Ross (NSW) 72
6 CLEAVE, Alex (WA) 73
7 COATS, Chris (Qld) 73
8 CORBEN, Greg (NSW) 73
9 GAMSBY, Bob (WA) 73
10 PARKIN, Arthur (NZ) 73
11 SAMS, Brian (NSW) 73
12 BOWEN, Graham (WA) 74
13 LEITCH, Michael (NZ) 74
14 MUSGRAVE, Frank (NSW) 74
15 STANFORD, Greg (NSW) 74
16 TATT, Chris (Vic) 74
17 WEBBER, Martin (NZ) 74
18 BULLAS, Allan (Vic) 75
19 KING, Peter (Qld) 75
20 ROBERTS, Peter (Qld) 75
21 STEPHENS, John (NSW) 75