Corben takes 2010 SA Senior Amateur

Greg CorbenNSW senior golfer Greg Corben has taken the 2010 South Australian Senior Amateur Championship with a two stroke victory over tour veterans Rick Oliver and Denis Dale.

Corben (75-75-76) continued his recent highly consistent form and shared the championship lead at the 18 and 38 hole stages of the event, played over three days this week at The Grange Golf Club West Course.
Corben produced some great golf in the in the final round and was under par playing the 15th. He dropped some shots in the closing holes to finish with a 76 and a total of 226.

Corben, from the Twin Creeks Golf Club in Sydney, is a former state hockey player and Sydney grade cricketer who didn’t take up golf til he was 33.

The 57 year old, who has also won the Queensland Senior Amateur for the past two years, was delighted with his performance but said he was lucky Australia’s leading senior golfer Stefan Albinski was not at its best for the tournament.

“He has just had a hernia operation and he will improve for future events,” Corben said.
Perennial combatants Rick Oliver (77-77-74) and Denis Dale (77-76-75) continued the battle that seems to have been unabated since they shared the 2007 Australian Senior Championship title.

At the end of the day they again could not be separated and took out equal second place on 228.
South Australian newcomer Deane Harris, joint leader after the first and second rounds, finished alone in fourth with a 229 total.

Current Australian Senior Amateur Champion Stefan Albinski (76-77-79), West Australian Graham Bowen (76-79-77) and senior circuit stalwart Brian Sams (76-76-80) shared fifth place.

The SA Championship, which is part of the Golf Australia Senior Men’s Ranking tour, attracted 69 entrants from 50 clubs with 40 players travelling from interstate.

Australia’s elite senior amateur golfers will now be setting their sights on the year’s second national senior title – the 2010 Australian Men’s Senior Match Play Championship, to be played at the Thirteenth Beach Golf Club in Victoria from October 25 to 29.

Final Top 10 Scores:
1    226    CORBEN Greg    NSW    75  –  75  –  76
2    228    DALE Denis    NSW    77  –  76  –  75
               OLIVER Rick    NSW    77  –  77  –  74
4    229    HARRIS Deane    SA    75  –  75  –  79
5    232    ALBINSKI Stefan    NSW    76  –  77  –  79
               BOWEN Graham    WA    76  –  79  –  77
               SAMS Brian    NSW    76  –  76  –  80
8    235    BOCKMAN Ross    NSW    77  –  80  –  78
9    236    ANGUS Bob    NSW    79  –  78  –  79 (Handicap Winner)
               GOVER Tony    ACT    78  –  81  –  77


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