The National Senior Masters Championship

4 - 6 April 2017

The National Senior Masters Championship is a 54 hole stroke event open to male amateur players who hold a Golf Australia Handicap at an affiliated club and are 55 years of age or older.

The National Senior Masters Championship has quickly established itself as one of the premier events on the Senior calendar. It is a Victorian Senior Order of Merit Event for the Doug Bachli trophy as well as a Golf Australia sanctioned Senior Rankings event.

The winner of this event will receive the Green Jacket and be crowned The National Senior Masters Champion.

Championship Honour Roll

2017 Group Shot
L:R- John Hodson, Tom Harold, Chris Walker & Gary House

Player Information

Date: Tuesday 4 - Thursday 6 April 2017
Venue: The National Golf Club (Cape Schanck)
Format: 54-Hole Stroke (Men) - GA National Ranking Event
Age Limit: 55 years and above as on Tuesday 4 April 2017
GA Handicap Limit: 18.0 at date of entry
Entry Fee: $275.00 - inc. GST & $2 charity donation
Inclusions: Golf Cart for all days (compulsory); lunch pack for all 3 rounds
Optional: Wednesday Gourmet Buffet Dinner (inc. Rd 1&2 Trophy Presentations) - $40pp
Entries Close: 5:00pm - Friday 17 March
Dress Code: The National Dress Code

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News & Results

CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERBOARDS:To view either Gross or Nett leaderboards, click the 'class' drop down at the top right of the leaderboard.

2017 The National Senior Masters Full Results

Photo Gallery

2017 Winners
L-R: Rex Suckling (Nett Champion) & Kym Olsen (Champion)

Thursday 6 April- Final Round (Ocean Course)
The final round of the 2017 edition of The National Senior Masters Championship has concluded on yet another spectacular golfing day at Cape Schanck. More ideal conditions could not have been planned for the duration of the championship, with brilliant sunshine lighting up the undulating links across all 3 days.

Kym Olsen has secured himself the coveted Green Jacket on the Ocean Course today following a dominating display of artistry out on the links. Using his home ground knowledge, Olsen carded 3 sub-par rounds for a record breaking 54-hole total of 5 under par which included 15 birdies in total for the championship.

The current Australian Senior Amateur champion rolled in a seven-shot victory over fellow National member Mark Limon at 2 over par. Rounding out the top 3 positions and trio of local winners at 5 over par was 2016 runner-up Simon Bracegirdle.

Nett honours was awarded to NSW visitor Rex Suckling who finished strong today with a nett 71 for a total of 1 over par. Following a strong start on day 1, the Belmont member found the Old course a challenge yesterday but rallied home in the final round to finish a mere shot ahead of runner-up Ian Donaldson of Yering Meadows. Claiming third place on a count-back a further shot back was fellow New South Welshman Paul Dickinson of Wyong.

Across on the Moonah course in the Consolation field, the best scratch score was carded by Steven Davies with a 77 off the stick. In the nett section it was Henk Van de Ven of Howlong who enjoyed his first win in 8 years with a solid nett 70. Shot of the day went to another ace on the par 3 hole 13th by Metropolitan’s Frank Newton, backing up the hole in one on the same hole from Rob Coxon of Green Acres in round 1.

The championship is one of three National Senior ranking events in Victoria, consistently attracting a high calibre field of the top local, interstate and international senior male players since its inception in 2010. The 54-hole stroke format consists of a 36-hole cut for the top 75 gross players (plus ties) rounded out with the next best 25 nett players.

Dates of the 2018 championship are locked in for Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 April. Golf Victoria wishes to thank The National Golf Club for the first-class hospitality provided to all players and guests.

2017 Day Two Pic
Bruce Nunn (Thirteenth Beach) - Old Course 7th Hole

Wednesday 5 April- Second Round (Old Course)
The 2017 National Senior Masters Championship continued today, as round two commenced for both the morning & afternoon fields on the testing Old Course layout. Both fields once again enjoyed ideal scoring conditions, with the trademark Mornington Peninsula coastal winds remaining relatively calm for the duration of the second round.

Kym Olsen is capitalising on his local knowledge and will lead the field going into the final round tomorrow. The National member has posted scores of 70 and 71 for a two-round total of three under the card 141, and leads the duo of fellow member Simon Bracegirdle and Martin Minogue of Lakelands (WA) by 4 shots. A further shot back and hot on their tails is the number one ranked Australian senior Greg Rhodes of Coomealla and local Mark Limon, both tied at 145.

Olsen and Minogue are also leading the nett charge at 3 under par scores of nett 141. They are joined by Ian Donaldson of Yering Meadows on nett 142 to be the only players in the field of 192 starters to better their handicaps over 36 holes. With the forecast set for another pearler day on the Peninsula, scores in the red are predicted for the final round.

It is shaping up as an exciting finale in both the nett & gross championships, with play commencing via two shotgun starts at 8:00am. The Peter Thomson designed Ocean Course will host the top 100 players who survived the second round cut, whilst the remaining 92 players will take to the host layout of the opening round, the Moonah course.

2017 Day One Pic
L-R: Former Champions - Rick Oliver, Ian Frost, Roy Vandersluis & john Wheeler

Tuesday 4 April- Opening Round (Moonah Course)
The 2017 National Senior Masters Championship kicked off this morning, as 192 senior golfers from interstate & overseas made their way on to the Greg Norman designed par 72 Moonah layout. With picture perfect golfing conditions greeting the field, low scores were the order of the day with six players breaking par into red numbers.

In the nett championship, Concord’s (NSW) Michael Gordon has set the pace with a brilliant opening nett round of 67 from a daily handicap of 9 shooting a gross round of 76. Hot on Gordon’s heels is tied gross championship leader Martin Minogue (Lakelands WA) & The Metropolitan’s Stephen Enright who both returned nett rounds of 68.

In the race for the ‘Green Jacket’, as mentioned, Minogue finds himself in a three-way tie at -2 (70) with the two most recent Australian Senior Amateur champions, Greg Rhodes (Coomealla) & local The National member Kym Olsen. Keeping the trio honest is another three-way tie at -1 (71) which features another The National local Simon Bracegirdle, Greg Stanford (Mona Vale NSW) & Queensland visitor Ian Watkins (Toowoomba).

Highlight of the day came from Green Acres member Rob Coxon, who aced the 159m 13th hole to cap off an exciting start to this year’s event.

Second round play will now move to the famed Robert Trent Jones Jnr Old Course tomorrow, as the field moves through to the halfway mark of this year’s championship. With another fine day predicted, the low scoring of today’s opening round is expected to continue.

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