ONE of the strongest fields in recent times will fight out the 2011 Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship in South Australia this week.
Over 70 players will contest the 54 hole event at the picturesque Tanunda Pines Golf Club in the Barossa Valley from May 3 to 5.
Defending champion is Stefan Albinski from NSW who will be vying for his third title in four years.
Albinski is the number one ranked senior amateur golfer in Australia and currently holds three State Senior Amateur Titles.
Another serious contender for what is Australia’s top senior amateur title will be New Zealand’s Rodney Barltrop.
Barltrop has claimed three Australian Senior titles since his first in 2004.
Flying the flag for South Australia will be John Beaumont from Mount Gambier Golf Club. Beaumont was part of the winning Australian Team that won the team event at the 2010 Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship in Bangkok.
One of the oldest players in the field is 71 year-old Tony Gresham from NSW. Gresham is one of Australia’s greatest ever amateur golfers, having won the 1975 Australian Amateur Championship and NSW Open, and the 1976 SA Open. He was also a member of the Eisenhower Team from 1968-1980, and is the only Australian player whose score counted in the team score for every one of his 28 rounds.
With all players from the top 20 of the Australian Men’s Senior Ranking System competing, competition is sure to be fierce.