First up victory for Sam Christie at 2012 Australian Men’s Senior Amateur

Sam Christie wins the Australian title in his debut senior ranking start. Photo: Hamish Jones. Golf Australia.

NEWCOMER Sam Christie has had a magical start to his senior golfing career with a two stroke victory at the 2012 Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship in blustery conditions at Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Melbourne.

The Indooroopilly member finished with rounds of 77 and 74 (151) to beat fellow Queenslander Peter King (76-77), New South Welshman Graham Blizard (78-75) and Victorian Greg Welsh (80-73).

Christie said he was thrilled and surprised by the result.

“I’ve always wanted to play in the Senior Amateur and I thought this year I’d do it. Yarra Yarra is a wonderful golf course and I decided I’d come down,” Christie said. “I honestly had no expectations at all so it’s fantastic to win.”

The championship was shortened from 54 to 36 holes after gale force winds forced the cancellation of the second round on Wednesday.

Wind played a big part in the second round too, with the forecast very strong winds holding off in the morning but certainly battering the afternoon starters.

Victorian Barry Tippett and West Australian John Wanless finished tied for fifth three strokes behind the winner, while America’s Kemp Richardson was the leading international player in a tie for 10th place.

Defending champion and the number one ranked senior golfer Stefan Albinski, finished in 22nd position.

Round one leader Roy Vandersluis from NSW was alone in seventh place following his opening 75 with an 80 in the difficult afternoon conditions.

Teams event winners:

Victoria on 471

Alan Bullas, Michael Jackson, Ross Percy and Barry Tippett

Age Division winners:

Under 60 years – Barry Tippett (Vic) 154

60-64 years – John Wanless (WA) 165

65-69 years – Roy Vandersluis (NSW) 155

Over 70 years – Tony Gresham (NSW) 162

Final Leading Scores

151    Samuel CHRISTIE  77-74  NSW

153    Peter KING  76-77  QLD, Graham BLIZARD  78-75  NSW

Greg WELSH  80-73  VIC

154    Barry TIPPETT  77-77  VIC John WANLESS  78-76  WA

155    Roy VANDERSLUIS 75-80  NSW

156    Richard GREVILLE  80-76  NSW, Greg STANFORD  82-74  NSW

157    Alan BULLAS  79-78  VIC, Kevin SKEHAN  80-77  VIC

Ian MCPHERSON  78-79  WA, Kemp RICHARDSON  80-77 USA

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