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Australian Senior
Order of Merit


Royal Melbourne Golf Club January 21-23 2013

Course Photo Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Course Photo Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Course Photo Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Course Photo Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Course Photo Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Course Photo Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Course Photo Royal Melbourne Golf Club

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2013 Champion

        Rick Oliver

      2013 Champion

2014 Champion


      2014 Champion

Rick Oliver Wins the 2013 Royal Melbourne Seniors Classic


  Round 3 Report  

From the Golf Victoria Website:
Following a trio of perfect summer’s days, Rick Oliver has claimed the inaugural Royal Melbourne Senior Classic after a nail biting playoff victory. The world renowned composite course played havoc for many, as players struggled through the cavernous bunkered - tee-tree lined fairways created by MacKenzie and Russell.

Royal Melbourne Hailing from Young, 60-year-old Oliver (right) belied the challenging course design and confirmed his status as one of Australia’s leading senior golfers with a final round 82 for a three round total of 236 to tie fellow New South Wales compatriot Denis Dale (Twin Creeks) who fired the low round of the day with a two-over 74.

The sudden death playoff commenced on the 18th hole where Oliver hit first and finished on the fairway in perfect position while Dale pushed his drive into rough on the right hand side. Oliver pulled his iron shot left of the putting surface into the greenside bunker while Dale’s approach from a heavy lie landed short of the green. After Dale pitched to 12 feet Oliver stuck a sensational bunker shot from 30 metres to have a modest three foot putt to save par. After Dale failed to make his up and down for par it was a test of nerve for Oliver who made the putt to have his name etched on the cup.

Oliver was thrilled to win after narrowly losing last year’s Victorian Senior Amateur in a playoff to Peter King. King finished tied 9th on 242. After leading into the final round, Stephen Gibson closed with an 87 to finish at 240 and tied 5th. Spring Valley’s Gary Easte fired a final round 83 to be tied 3rd with Brad Oliver, both finishing two shots behind the champion on 238.

Robert Burford from Devil Bend took the honors in the overall Nett after the 3 marker fired rounds of 81-75-75 for a 54-hole total of 231 nett. Second place was taken home by Gary Easte off a handicap of 2 while David Taylor of Commonwealth finished in third position two shots adrift. The best nett aged over 65 component was won by Dale following his three round total of 236. Steady play saw off his nearest competitor, Michael Jackson, by seven strokes.

1. 236 OLIVER Rick  81-73-82 NSW
2. 236 DALE Denis  80-82-74 NSW
3. 238 OLIVER Brad  81-77-80 QLD
3. 238 EASTE Gary  78-77-83 VIC
5. 240 BARLTROP Michael  75-82-83 NZ, BURFORD Robert  84-78-78
5. 240 GIBSON Stephen  78-75-87 NSW
8. 241 GREVILLE Richard  81-78-82 NSW
9. 242 HOARE Stuart  76-86-80 WA, KING Peter  83-79-80 QLD
9. 242 PEECK Michael  74-86-82 QLD, ROGERS Russell  80-83-79 NSW
9. 242 TAYLOR David  81-84-77 VIC, WRIGHT Geoff  81-78-83 NSW

  Round 2 Report  

Round 2 saw a near perfect day with a gentle breeze that only added to the quality of the course and the competition. Once again the Royal Melbourne course was the winner with the East course only providing a handful of scores under 80.

As was the case yesterday the senior players struggled with the very hard greens and the tight pin positions. It was very hard to hit shots well enough to land near the pin and still stay on the green. A couple of NSW seniors did manage this with the day's best score going to Rick Oliver with a wonderful round of 73. His 36 hole total of 154 sees him just a single stroke behind St Michael's senior Steve Gibson who followed his opening round of 78 with a hard working 75 and a 36 hole total of 153.

Victorian Gary Easte (Spring Valley GC) is in third place after consistent rounds of 77-78=155.Round one leader Mike Peeck (74) slipped with a score of 86 as did second placed Michael Barltrop who returned a score of 83 after his opening 76.

The tournament concludes tomorrow with 18 holes on the world famous composite course - an experience much anticipated by everyone in the field.

From Golf Victoria Web Site:

Players shifted to the East Course at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in quest for the coveted Royal Melbourne Senior Classic title. Players were presented with fine and sunny day with a gentle southerly breeze in the second round of the event. Although conditions were near perfect, players once again struggled on the firm greens – with the veritable marble surfaces claiming more than one prisoner.

New South Welshman, Stephen Gibson, leads at the 36 hole mark of the 2013 Royal Melbourne Senior Classic. The St Michaels member followed his form from the opening round firing a solid four over-par 75 for a two round total of 153. His nearest challenger is fellow statesman Rick Oliver (Young) who shot a two-over 73 to be one-stroke behind at 154.

Gary Easte from Spring Valley is a further stroke adrift after a second day 77 left him at 155 with one round remaining. Still in the chase for the 2013 title is New Zealander Michael Barltrop sitting on 157, while Brad Oliver from Oxley managed 77 today to sit five shots behind the leader.

Round one leader Michael Peeck struggled with 86 today to find himself 7 shots behind Gibson.

The nett component of the championship is tightly contested with the scratch leader, Gibson, tied with Gary Easte on 151 nett at the 36 hole mark of the tournament. Kingston Heath member Robert Murphy shares second with Rick Oliver on 152 nett.

15Leading Round 2 Scores:

Royal Melbourne 153   GIBSON Stephen   78 - 75
154   OLIVER Rick   81 - 73
155   EASTE Gary   78 - 77
157   BARLTROP Michael   75 - 82
158   OLIVER Brad   81 - 77
159   GREVILLE Richard   81 - 78
159   WRIGHT Geoff   81 - 78
159   DAY Denis   78 - 81
160   MURPHY Robert   81 - 79
160   PEECK Michael   74 - 86
161   CLEAVE Alex   83 - 78
161   BROWNE Les   80 - 81
161   MASLEN Paul   80 - 81
161   WILLIAMSON Geoff   76 - 85

  Round 1 Report  

The Royal Melbourne course was definitely the winner as the large field of senior golfers struggled with the hard greens and challenging pin positions. In a field of 116 only 8 golfers managed to break 80.

Leading the way is Queensland senior Mike Peeck who played some exceptional tee-to-green golf to record four birdies in a round of 74. He leads by a single stroke from New Zealand's Michael Barltrop.

The tournament continues tomorrow with 18 holes on the East course.

From Golf Victoria Web Site:

The inaugural Royal Melbourne Senior Classic teed of today in sunny yet extremely gusty conditions. 116 of the nation’s finest senior golfers, including three international players, assembled this afternoon to compete in one of the most anticipated senior golf events in Victoria’s history.

Three rounds of golf will be played over the West and East courses before the final round concludes on the Composite course at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Today’s opening round was contested of the West course and Michael Peeck (Dalby GC) shot an impressive 74 against a par of 72 to lead the way from Michael Barltrop in tough playing conditions. Many were challenged on tee tree-lined MacKenzie layout with only eight players breaking 80 this afternoon.

Peeck had an up and down outward nine, with three bogies and one double bogie but steadied with birdies at the 5th, 7th and 9th holes for an outward nine of two-over par 38. An early bogie on the par 4 11th hole was Peeck’s only blemish coming in but managed to balance with a birdie on the challenging 18th hole for a lever par 36.

Trailing close behind and in outright second sits New Zealander Michael Barltrop after a three-over 75, while Stuart Hoare (Royal Perth) and Geoff Williamson (Beerwah) are a further stroke in arrears after returning rounds of 76 today. Also notable was Penrith member Denis Day and Victorian Gary Easte (Spring Valley) with rounds of 78.

Australia’s highest ranked senior amateur playing this week, Peter King (pictured), will need to make up some ground on the leaders after 83 today. Four time Doug Bachli champion, Ross Percy, is five shots adrift after 79 this afternoon.

Tomorrows round will commence from 8:00am on the East course at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Leading Round 1 Scores:

Royal Melbourne 74 Peeck Michael Dalby
75 Barltrop Michael Royal Auckland
76 Hoare Stuart Royal Perth
76 Williamson Geoff Beerwah
78 Day Denis Penrith
78 Easte Gary Spring Valley
78 Gibson Stephen St Michaels
79 Percy Ross Cobram-Barooga
80 Browne Les Long Reef
80 Dale Denis Twin Creeks
80 Evans Alan Royal Melbourne
80 Maslen Paul Concord
80 Rogers Russell Tura Beach

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