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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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The Royal Perth women's pennant team that won 15 titles in 16 years from 1966 to 1981, is still producing outstanding results in Australian golf.
One crucial member was five time RPGC club champion Judy Francis, who until today, was the only Western Australian to win the Australian Women’s Senior Championship.
27 years on, a much younger member of that team has matched Francis’ achievement, with Sharon Dawson winning today’s final 2&1 against NSW’s Kim Burke at Gosnells Golf Club.
While Francis remains a Royal Perth member to this day, Dawson switched to Lake Karrinyup Country Club in her twenties. Dawson recalled being as young as 12 when she started playing with Francis at the club.
“Judy and I used to play a lot of golf when I was just starting out,” said Dawson.
“I remember our families being close, and we played each other in the club championships along the way, as well as the same pennant team.”
2015 was Dawson’s first appearance at the seniors, having just reached the qualifying age. The Lake Karrinyup member faced a similar debutant in Burke, and the pair were neck and neck until Dawson won the 17th with a par.
After qualifying ninth, Dawson admitted that she prefers matchplay, and it showed after defeating champions in Josie Ryan and Jacqui Morgan on the way to the final.
While Burke and Morgan both lost at the hands of the eventual winner, they played a part of the winning NSW state team alongside Nikki Haines, which dominated the interstate competition with a 21 stroke victory over runner-ups Western Australia.
It was a successful tournament for NSW despite missing out on the championship. Morgan won the strokeplay medal and secured first place in the national rankings for 2015, while Haines finished the season third in the rankings.
For Dawson, this is her biggest win from almost 45 years of playing golf, having lost the only major championship final she contested in 1982 at the WA Amateur.
“I’ve been runner up in lots of events, so to actually win is awesome,” said Dawson.
“I remember the WA Amateur final was 32 years ago, as my son is 32. He was four months old at the time and I had to breast feed him in the bathroom in between the morning and afternoon rounds!”
With her family all grown up, Dawson says the senior’s circuit is crucial to staying motivated so she can remain at the top of her game.
“Becoming a senior has revitalised me a bit, and I’ve got a lot more to play for now,” said Dawson.
“It gives you a reason to keep taking your golf seriously, and it adds more competition to local events which would otherwise feel exclusively for high performance golfers.”
The afternoon was a moment of celebration for the 40-strong WA contingent at Gosnells, who relished the end of a long drought for the state.
Every WA representative competed for the week dressed in black and gold, and Dawson said she loved the atmosphere they created.
“Everyone has been great and very supporting,” said Dawson.
“I played in some great matches all week and we all had a lovely time out there. There’s a few ladies out there who I think, wow, who are 86 and still looking fabulous, it’s an inspiration to anyone, so hopefully I’ll can keep turning up."
With her win, Dawson has earned an Australian team selection for the New Zealand Senior in February, an interesting turn of events for someone who used to sit on the Australian selection panel and manage the Queen Sirikit Cup team.
“I’ve gone from being a selector to being selected!” joked Dawson.
“I can’t have a Christmas holiday now. I don’t normally play golf in summer but I guess I’ll have to keep going.”
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Printable Match Play Results:
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> Download the Super Veteran Match Play draw
> Download the Super Veterans Plus Match Play draw
State Teams Event:
> Download the results from the State Team Event
Entries for the 2015 Australian Women's Senior Amateur are now CLOSED. Late entries are not being accepted
Online Entry Fee: $110.00 on-line (includes practice round, Presentation Function, Championship Gift and Championship Program)
Handicap Limit: Maximum GA handicap 21.0
Entries Close: 5.00 pm (AEST) Monday, 28 September 2015
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> View the list of entries received.
Sunday 25 October: Official Practice Round
Monday 26 October: Round 1 Qualifying
Tuesday 27 October: Round 2 Qualifying and Welcome Reception
Wednesday 28 October: Match Play - Round 1
Thursday 29 October: Match Play - Semi-Finals
Friday 30 October: Match Play - Finals and Presentation Reception
Download important competitor information including functions, draws, practice arrangements, carts, pull buggies, catering, requests, etc.
Bring a Friend Competition:
If a player brings a friend who did not play in the event in 2014, 2013 or 2012, 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 Gosnells Golf Club. To enter please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com) at the time of entry and no later than the closing date on 28 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 25 October once all players have registered.
Competition for Eliminated Players:
Gosnells Golf Club will run a competition on Thursday 29 October for players eliminated from the match play rounds. Play will be from the 10th tee from 11.15 am. Please see the pro shop to make a booking.
> Welcome Cocktail Reception - Tuesday 27 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 30 October at the conclusion of play (approx 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm):
Dress: golfing or casual attire (no jeans)
A practice round is available on Sunday 25 October. Tee times are available from 12.00 noon, and players must ring the Pro Shop on 08 9455 1917 to make a booking. Additional practice rounds may be available on Friday 23 October for a green fee of $35.00.
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.)
Local competitors and those travelling by car are requested to use their own pull buggies. Golf Australia will endeavour to provide a buggy to all players who require one, however players are encouraged to bring a light-weight bag in the case that a buggy is not available. Pull buggies will be available from the pro shop for $5.00 each.
Please advise GA at the time of entry if you do require a pull buggy to enable us to try and source sufficient buggies for all players.
Gosnells Golf Club will assist in sourcing electric buggies for competitors in the championship. Electric buggies are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to request an electric buggy. The cost is $10.00 per day
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 or email@example.com by 28 September. If bookings are not received by this time, it will be the player's responsibility to make their own arrangements. Carts are $40.00 each.
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.
Competitors are required to register between 11.00 am and 3.30 pm on Sunday 25 October at Gosnells 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.
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.
There is limited accommodation within close vicinity to Gosnells Golf Club however the following areas have a large range of accommodation options available and are within a 25-35 minute drive to the club
• South Perth – 25 minute drive
• Perth City Centre – 30 minute drive
• Fremantle – 35 minute drive
The following list provides some suggestions: Download Accommodation Options
Limited billet accommodation is available. Please contact Gosnells Golf Club directly.
For further information please contact Golf Australia:
Phone: +61 3 9626 5000