Current Australian Senior Amateur Golf Champion Stefan Albinski has confirmed his class with a sizzling win in the 2008 North Sydney Seniors Championship.
The Senior Order of Merit event was played over four days on four of Sydney’s best courses and Albinski has set an unbeatable record by posting the best score on each day.
Albinski, who won the Australian men’s national senior title in Perth in April, blitzed the field by 15 shots in winning 72-71-73-75=291.
The 72 hole tournament was played at Pymble, Pennant Hills, Avondale and Manly, all reasonably close to Albinski’s home course at Mona Vale GC.
Second place went to fellow NSW golfer Rick Oliver (76-79-73-78=306), who currently leads the AUSOOM points table.
NSW’s Tony Gresham (80-71-75-82) took third place, as he did in the national title. Fourth was Vince Clark (74-76-83-76=309) followed by Denis Dale (79-73-79-79=310).
High winds and fast greens on the final day at Manly made it hard for all competitors and Albinski’s grip on the tournament looked in jeopardy when he fell to be six over par on the front nine. However, he came back with a stirring two under on the final nine to make it a comfortable win.
The North Sydney Seniors Golf Championship is a major event in the NSW Senior Order of Merit as well as a point scoring event in the Australian Senior Order of Merit.
Top 10 scores.
1. 291 Stefan Albinski 72-71-73-752. 306 Rick Oliver 76-79-73-78
3. 308 Tony Gresham 80-71-75-82
4. 309 Vince Clark 74-76-83-76
5. 310 Denis Dale 79-73-79-79
6. 314 Greg Stanford 80-82-74-78
7. 316 Richard Greville 77-76-80-83 Ross Bockman 82-74-79-81
9. 317 Greg Corben 84-79-74-80
10. 319 Jack Parker 77-83-80-79 Ted Johnson 85-76-79-79
See a YouTube video of Stefan’s swing here