Top senior amateur golfers fight out national title this week

Australia's top ranked senior amateur golfer Stefan Albinski will be looking for his fourth national title this week in WA
Australia’s top ranked senior amateur golfer Stefan Albinski will be looking for his fourth national title this week in WA

THE 2014 Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship takes place this week at the Mandurah Country Club south of Perth.

A top field has assembled for what is the premier event on the senior amateur calendar, 54 holes of strokeplay to determine the national champion.

Top chances include three-time winner Stefan Albinski from Mona Vale in Sydney and fellow New South Welshman Denis Dale, a two-time winner. They are sure to face some tough competition, particularly from the likes of West Australian locals Ian McPherson and Graham Bowen, who will be looking for their first national titles in their home state.

A number of other top ranked senior players will also be contenders with recently selected Asia-Pacific Senior Team members Roy Vandersluis (NSW), Vince Clark (NSW) and Gordon Claney (Vic) also competing.

Of course, there is always the possibility of the title once again heading across the ditch, as it did last year when New Zealand visitor Murray Martin snatched the Kerry Packer Trophy.

The championship, which is in its 34th year, tees off Tuesday September 30 and concludes Thursday October 2.

Aussie team selected for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship

Meanwhile, Golf Australia has announced the Australian team to contest the 2014 Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship to be played at Discovery Bay Golf Club in Hong Kong.

The six-man team, a mix of experience and new faces, comprises Stefan Albinski (NSW), Gordon Claney (Vic), Vince Clark (NSW), Denis Dale (NSW), Paul Maslen (NSW) and Roy Vandersluis (NSW)

Albinski is Australia’s number one ranked senior golfer and leads fellow experienced performers Dale, Maslen and Vandersluis.

The newcomers are Claney, who has been in great form this year with five top-five finishes in Australian Senior Amateur ranking events including runner up in the recent SA Senior Amateur, and Clark, who won the ACT Senior and had three top-five finishes in Senior amateur ranking events over the past 12 months.

The Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship is played over 54-holes stroke play, and comprises an individual event with the team event in conjunction.

Australia has a great record in the championship, with team victories in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. They were beaten by New Zealand in Vietnam last year and will no doubt be itching to return the favour when the championship gets underway November 19 – 21.

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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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