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