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Australian Women's Senior Amateur

27 - 31 October 2014

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The Australian Women's Senior Amateur Championship is open to players aged 55 years and over. Players contest 36-holes qualifying, with the leading 16 players progressing to elimination match play. The leading eight players in four separate age divisions also qualify for age flights. A Welcome Reception is held on the evening of the second qualifying round, with a Presentation Reception held on the afternoon of the final day.

The first Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship was played in 1987 for players aged 50 years and over. From 2007, players had to be 55 years and over to be eligible to participate.

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News

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Final Update
Queensland’s Robyn Puckett has won the 2014 Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Riverside Golf Club, Tasmania.

Robyn defeated seven time champion Sylvia Donohue from NSW to secure her second Australian Women’s Senior Amateur title.

Puckett last won the Championship back in 2010 and since that time has been a semi-finalist on two occasions.

The match remained close throughout the opening nine holes, with Puckett and Donohoe all square as they teed off the 10th hole.

However it was then Puckett made her move winning the next 3 holes to take her to 3 up through 12.

Donohoe continued to put up a tough fight the however Puckett was too strong, taking the match 3 and 1.

The Championship is not Puckett’s first National title in Tasmania. She won the Australian Junior Championship at Kingston Beach Golf Club in 1964.

Puckett was thrilled with her second Women’s Senior title and cannot believe she has done it again.

“I’m absolutely over-the-top. When I won in 2010 at Commonwealth it was fantastic but to win this year, I just can’t believe it. As you get older, it gets harder and I didn’t think I could do it again.”

Next year’s event will be played at Gosnells Golf Club in Western Australia on 26 – 30 October 2015.

> Championship – Robyn Puckett (Qld) bt Sylvia Donohoe (NSW) 3&1
> New Age Veterans Flights – P Jeffery (ACT) bt L Urquhart (Qld) 2up
> Veterans Flight – J Harley (Vic) bt T Hoile (WA) 7&6
> Super Veterans Flight – L Proud (Tas) bt D Lloyd (WA) 3&2
> Super Veterans Plus Flight – S Pappas (Vic) bt M Leary (Tas) 1up

Day 4 Report
The finalists have been decided for the Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Riverside Golf Club, Tasmania.

Two former champions, Sylvia Donohoe (NSW) and Robyn Puckett (Qld), will face each other in the final after downing their opponents in this afternoon’s semi-final.

Puckett had a convincing 3 and 2 win over defending champion Josie Ryan (Qld) whilst Donohoe’s match against Robyn Boniface (NZL) went down to the wire with Donohoe winning on the 18th hole.

Puckett and Donohoe have faced each on two previous occasions in this event, the 2010 and 2011 semi-finals. Puckett went on to win the 2010 Championship whilst Donohoe went on to win the 2011 Championship so it promises to be an exciting final.

Play commences at 8.00 am tomorrow morning.

Day 3 Report
Players were greeted with improved weather conditions today for the third day of the Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Riverside Golf Club, Tasmania. Blue skies and light winds made for perfect golfing conditions for the start of the Match Play rounds.

In the Championship Match Play, 2012 Champion and leading qualifier Jacqui Morgan (NSW) had a convincing win over local player Yvonne Harrison (Tas) winning 7&6. She will now face seven time champion Sylvia Donohoe (NSW) in the quarter finals who downed fellow New South Welshman Jill Blenkey 2&1.

2010 Champion Robyn Puckett (USA) also won in convincing style, defeating Shirley Van Der Brugghen (WA) 6&5, whilst Glenys Ferguson had tight tussle with Nicky Moon (ACT) taking the match on the 21st hole. Defending champion Josie Ryan (Qld) also proceeds to the quarter finals after defeating Ros Fisher (WA) 2&1.

In other matches Liz Smyth (ACT) defeated Brenda Chalmers (NSW) 3&1; R Boniface (NZL) defeated Lyn Bennett (WA) 2&1; and Helen Pascoe (Vic) defeated Rosemary Paton (Tas) 2up.

Day 2 Report
Jacqui Morgan (NSW) shot the round of the day, a 6-over par 79, to finish the number one qualifier in the Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Riverside Golf Club, Tasmania.

Jacqui finished with a total of 160 for the 36-holes qualifying, two shots ahead of Robyn Puckett (Qld) and joint overnight leader Nicky Moon (ACT).

Brenda Chalmers (NSW) was the next best placed competitor a further two shots behind on 164, with joint overnight leader Robyn Boniface (NZL) finishing in fifth place on 165.

In the State Teams Event in which the best two scores from a team of three counted for each of the qualifying rounds, the NSW team of Jacqui Morgan, Sylvia Donohoe and Jill Blenkey was victorious with a total of 327. The next best team was Victoria on 345.

Competitors were again faced with challenging weather conditions today and with wind gusts reaching over 70 km per hour, low scoring proved difficult.

Play continues tomorrow with the leading 16 players contesting elimination match play. Another eight players in four age divisions will contest match play flights (55-59 years, 60-64 years, 65-69 years and 70 plus years).

Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Qualifiers:
J Morgan (NSW) 160, R Puckett (QLD) 162, N Moon (ACT) 162, B Chalmers (NSW) 164, R Boniface (NZL) 165, J Ryan (QLD) 166, H Pascoe (VIC) 166, J Blenkey (NSW) 167, S Donohoe (NSW) 169, R Paton (TAS) 171, R Fisher (WA) 171, L Bennett (WA) 171, L Smyth (ACT) 173, G Ferguson (WA) 174, S Van Der Brugghen (WA) 174, Y Harrison (TAS) 175

Day 1 Report
Early thunderstorms and torrential rain delayed the start of round one of the Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Riverside Golf Club in Launceston today.

Play was suspended for nearly 5 hours before resuming under blue skies this afternoon.

Nicky Moon from the ACT and Robyn Boniface from New Zealand lead the qualifying rounds after shooting a 6-over par 79 in blustery conditions.

2010 Champion Robyn Puckett (Qld) and Jacqui Morgan (NSW) are the next best placed competitors after rounds of 81.

Play continues tomorrow morning with the second qualifying round before elimination match play on Wednesday. The leading 16 players will qualify for the major championship, with another eight players in four age divisions qualifying for match play flights.

Player Information

Results:
> Download the Match Play Results.
> Download the Round 1 & 2 Qualifying Results.
> Download the State Team Event Results.
> Download the Net Results.

Entry Details:
Online Entry Fee: $110.00 on-line (includes practice round, Presentation Function, Championship Gift and Championship Program)
Handicap Limit: Maximum GA handicap 20.0
Entries Open: Entries are now open
Entries Close: Entries are now CLOSED - Late entries will not be accepted.

Bring a Friend Competition:
If f a player brings a friend who did not play in the event in 2013, 2011 or 2010, or introduces a new friend to the championship, both players will go into a draw to win a $200 voucher for the pro shop at Riverside Golf Club. To enter please email championships@golf.org.au

Schedule:
> Sunday 26 October: Official Practice Round
> Monday 27 October: Round 1 Qualifying
> Tuesday 28 October: Round 2 Qualifying and Welcome Reception
> Wednesday 29 October: Match Play - Round 1
> Thursday 30 October: Match Play - Semi-Finals
> Friday 31 October: Match Play - Finals and Presentation Reception

Competitor Information:
Download important competitor information including functions, draws, practice arrangements, carts, pull buggies, catering, requests, etc.

Draw & Requests:
A DRAFT draw will be available approximately one week prior to the event. If players are travelling together and would like similar tee times, this must be advised to GA (emilym@golf.org.au) at the time of entry and no later than the closing date on 29 September. (NB every attempt will be made to place players at similar times.) Requests after this time will NOT be accommodated.

Although it is unlikely to change, the FINAL draw will be released at approximately 5.00 pm on Sunday 26 October once all players have registered.

Player Services:
Download Local Services including physiotherapy, dental and shopping centres etc.

Accommodation:
Download accommodation & car rental options in proximity to Riverside Golf Club.

Functions:
> Welcome Cocktail Reception - Tuesday 28 October; 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm:
Dress: smart casual; entry to the Reception (finger food plus beer, wine & soft drinks) is included in the entry fee.
> Presentation Drinks and Cheese & Fruit Platter -Friday 31 October at the conclusion of play (approx 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm):
Dress: golfing or casual attire (no jeans)

Practice:
A practice round is available on Sunday 26 October. Tee times are available from 12.00 noon, and players must ring the Pro Shop on (03) 6327 4043 to make a booking. Practice may be available outside these times by contacting the pro shop.

Play must be from the daily tee markers only – one ball only – competitors only. (Competitors in breach of these practice conditions are liable to face action under GA’s Code of Conduct.)

Motorised Carts:
Players are permitted to use Motorised Transport on the production of a Medical Certificate. The Medical Certificate must be received by Golf Australia prior to the event. Players requiring a motorised cart MUST book this with Golf Australia on 03 9626 5050 by 29 September. If bookings are not received by this time, it will be the player's responsibility to make their own arrangements. Carts are limited and will have to be sourced externally, therefore the cost will be approximately $40.00 - $50.00 each.

Please Note: Riverside Golf Club is a relatively flat and easy walking course. Temperatures will be mild in Launceston so players should not experience too much difficulty walking the course.

Distance Measuring Devices:
Please be advised that the following Local Rule will be effect:

In this competition a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect their play (eg gradient, windspeed, temperature, etc), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

Registration:
Competitors are required to register between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Sunday 26 October at Riverside Golf Club. Failure to register may result in disqualification from the Championship. If it is impossible to register in person, competitors must contact the Championship Office on 0418 426 613 on registration day.

Competitors are not required to register each day. Score cards, Local Rules and hole placement sheets will be distributed by the starter on the starting tee. Players will not be called to the tee – players must make their way to the tee 5-10 minutes prior to their tee time.

Smoking:
Players are NOT permitted to smoke cigarettes or the like during the stipulated round of a Golf Australia National Championship. Competitors in breach of this condition are liable to face action under GA’s Code of Conduct.

For further information please contact Golf Australia:
Phone: +61 3 9626 5059
E-mail: championships@golf.org.au

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