ENTRIES are open for three of the big events on the Australian senior amateur golfing calendar, the Men’s Senior Amateur Championship, Men’s Senior Match Play and Women’s Senior Championship.
Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship.
Entries close on 6 August for the 2013 Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship to be played at Royal Queensland Golf Club September 3 – 5.
Entries have been received from competitors from all over Australia and New Zealand, including defending champion Sam Christie, three time champion Stephan Albinski, Kiwi three time winner Rodney Barltrop and 2007 champion Denis Dale.
The event, in its 33rd year, sees players contest 54-holes stroke play over three days. The handicap limit for 2013 is 9.4, and with the event not having been played in Queensland since 2009, it is sure to reach it maximum field size of 144 players.
The entry fee is $160 which includes a player gift, practice round, 3 rounds of golf and presentation reception.
Australian Men’s Senior Match Play Championship
Entries are open for the 2013 Australian Men’s Senior Match Play Championship, to be played from 28-30 October.
The Championship, in its seventh year, will be played at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. The event will be played over two and a half days (36 holes on Monday and Tuesday, and 18 holes on Wednesday) and play will be in golf carts.
The match play draw will be based on the player’s position on the 2013 Australian Men’s Senior Ranking System after the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship (3-5 September), with entries closing on Thursday 5 September. This will allow the final field to be determined well in advance, so that players can make appropriate travel plans.
Three time champion Stefan Albinski from NSW (2012, 2011 & 2009) will be a top contender along with Chris Coats from Queensland (2009 & 2007).
Australian Women’s Senior Championship
Entries are also open for the 2013 Australian Women’s Senior Championship to be played at Tanunda Pines Golf Club in the Barossa Valley from 21-25 October.
The Championship is open to women aged 55 years and over (as at 21 October), with a maximum handicap of 22.4.
It is played over 36-holes qualifying, followed by elimination match play. The leading 16 players will qualify for the major championship, with another eight players in four age divisions qualifying for match play flights.
The State Stroke Teams Event will again be played in conjunction with the qualifying rounds, with three players representing their state in the aggregate scratch competition. A Handicap Competition will also be held over the first two days.
Tanunda Pines Golf Club is a stunning 18 hole, par 74 golf course, measuring 5,339 metres for ladies.
The Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship is in its 27th year, and seven time winner, Sylvia Donohoe from Narooma Golf Club on NSW’s south coast will again be a top contender along with defending Champion Jacqui Morgan (NSW).
Off the course, players will be able to renew friendships at the Welcome Cocktail Reception on Tuesday evening, and conclude with the Presentation Reception on Friday afternoon, all included in the entry fee.
Once again, any player who introduces a friend to the Championship for the first time will go into the draw to win a prize for one nights’ accommodation and dinner for two at the Novotel Barossa Valley and a round of golf at Tanunda Pines Golf Club.