Victorian Senior Amateur heads to East Gippsland

Bairnsdale Golf Club
An aerial view of Bairnsdale Golf Club.

Golf Victoria is pleased to announce that the 2017 Victorian Men's and Women's Senior Amateur Championships will be played at the Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance Golf Clubs from Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 September.

Thanks to the appreciated and generous support from the East Gippsland Shire Council, approximately 200 players aged 55 and over will be competing in Victoria's premier event for senior players.

First played in 1995, the Victorian Men's Senior Amateur is played over 54-holes stroke play and is one of three Golf Australia National senior ranking events played within the State.

The Victorian Women's Senior Amateur was first played in 1931 and consists of 36-holes of stroke qualifying followed by match play rounds. Four players qualify for the overall Women's Senior Championship which is the decided by 18-hole semi-finals and final. An additional four women players will qualify for respective 18-hole semi-finals and finals in the 55-64 year and 65 and over age groups.

First established in 1926 and located at its current site since 1962, Lakes Entrance presents a picturesque, gently undulating "links" type course with spectacular ocean views. Natural lakes, sand dunes and an abundance of native trees and vegetation also characterise the impressive layout.

Looking out over the Gippsland Lakes, Bairnsdale Golf Club is located on the Paynesville road at Eagle Point. The layout is set on undulating bushland with the narrow fairways framed by native trees, particularly gums. Quality couch fairways, subtle ponds and excellent putting surfaces complete the genuinely attractive course.

Entries open July 17 for the Championships which are sure to attract strong interest from players within Victoria and Interstate.

Golf Victoria's Chief Operating Officer, David Greenhill commented "We're excited to be returning to Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance with the 2017 Victorian Senior Amateur Championships and are extremely grateful for the wonderful assistance provided by the East Gippsland Shire.

“The area is a tourism haven with the beautiful lakes system and all manner of scenic attractions and activities. It’s sure to be popular with senior golfers from Victoria and interstate. When the Men's championship was last played here in 2006, it attracted a near record entry from 170 players from 91 different golf clubs. Now with the Women's title played concurrently, Golf Victoria is expecting even higher participation."

East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Joe Rettino said he looked forward to the Victorian Men’s and Women’s Senior Amateur Championships returning to the region.

“East Gippsland lends itself well to a wide range of sports, including golf. Council is proud to be able to support this year’s Championships and I’m sure all competitors will enjoy their time here. Hopefully we can give the record for the number of entries another nudge,” Cr Rettino said.

The 2017 Victorian Senior Amateur is supported by the East Gippsland Shire Council.

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