2012 Australian Men's Senior Amateur champion Sam Christie. Photo: Hamish Jones
Queenslander Sam Christie won his first Senior Ranking event on debut with a two stroke victory at the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship in blustery conditions at Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Melbourne.
The Indooroopilly member finished with rounds of 77 and 74 (151) to beat fellow Queenslander Peter King, New South Welshman Graham Blizard and Victorian Greg Welsh.
Christie said he was thrilled and surprised by the result.
“I’ve always wanted to play in the Senior Amateur and I thought this year I’d do it. Yarra Yarra is a wonderful golf course and I decided I’d come down,” Christie said.
“I honestly had no expectations at all so it’s fantastic to win,” he added.
The championship was shortened to 36 holes after gale force winds forced the cancellation of play on Wednesday.
Victorian Barry Tippett and West Australian John Wanless finished a stroke further back in fifth place.
American Kemp Richardson was the leading international player in a tie for 10th place.
Defending champion and the number one ranked senior golfer Stefan Albinski, finished in 22nd position.
Teams event winners:
Victoria on 471
Alan Bullas, Michael Jackson, Ross Percy and Barry Tippett
Under 60 years - Barry Tippett (Vic) 154
60-64 years – John Wanless (WA) 165
65-69 years – Roy Vandersluis (NSW) 155
Over 70 years – Tony Gresham (NSW) 162