NEW ZEALAND has had a convincing win in the 2009 Trans Tasman Senior Championship played over two days at the Sanctuary Cove Golf Club.
The Kiwis won the singles matches 9-3 and including the Fourball and Foursome events the overall result was 16 to 8.
It was the third time the event had been staged between the two countries and the first win by the Kiwis.
Australian team member Denis Dale, writing on the AUSOOM website, said the event is the pinnacle for senior amateur golfers in Australia and New Zealand.
“The Kiwis were clearly a better team and are now first time and very proud holders of The Sanctuary Cove Trophy,” a gracious Dale said.
“In a very convincing performance the New Zealander’s played great golf, especially over the all important closing holes.”
Many of the matches were very close, with a number of Australians coming to grief on the 18th hole when the matches went right down to the wire.
In the number one singles battle, Australia’s Stefan Albinksi played excellent golf to beat New Zealand’s star player Phil Mosley 6&5.
It was something of a consolation for Albinski, who last week failed to defend his Australian Senior Amateur Champion title on Bribie Island.
In a worrying trend, that title also went across the ditch to New Zealand’s Rodney Barltrop.
For full match details seen the AUSOOM website.