Coats takes 2nd senior match play title

Chris CoatsQUEENSLANDER Chris Coats has won his second Australian Senior Match Play Championship after narrowly defeated fellow Queenslander Col Hallam at the Thirteenth Beach Golf Club in Victoria.

The engaging final battle went down to the 18th hole when Hallam narrowly missed a two metre putt to hand the title to Coats 1 up.

Coats won the inaugural Australian Senior Match Play in 2007 and was very excited to win again.

He got over a big hurdle in the second round when he came up against defending champion Stefan Albinski, fresh after a first round bye.

Coats beat Australia’s top senior amateur golfer 2&1, then beat Ross Bockman 4&3 in the third round and accounted for Roy Vandersluis 1 up in his semi final.

Runner-up Hallam played some great tee to green golf over five days but was ruing some crucial missed putts.

In the play off for third place Vandersluis (NSW) edged out Queenslander Ian Read in a close battle that again finished on the final hole.
In other matches Bockman finished the week in 5th place with four wins after defeating Graham Bowen (6th) 2 up.

NSW golfers Denis Dale and Richad Greville finished their match all square and shared both seventh place and senior ranking points.
Australian representatives Albinski and Peter King also had a tough consolation match encounter with King finishing on top with a 1 up victory. King finished in overall 9th place and Albinski 10th.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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