22 Nov 2023 | Amateur golf |

Australians lead Asia-Pacific champs

by Contributor

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James Lavender on his way to the first-round lead in Vietnam. Photo: APGF

Australians Gemma Dooley and James Lavender have taken the early lead in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation Senior Championships in Vietnam.

Meanwhile both Australian teams are on top in the teams competition.

On his first trip to Vietnam, 62-year-old Victorian Lavender fired six birdies enroute to a four-under-par 68 to soar to the summit in a high- quality field at Vinpearl Golf Nam Hoi An.

Going into Wednesday’s second round in the 54-hole event, Lavender holds a three-stroke lead from Indian Sandeep S. Sandhu, the only other player to better par on a warm day when preferred lies were in play following heavy recent rain.

Lavender is making his debut in the APGC Seniors having had to withdraw from last year’s event due to work commitments. Having scaled down his company, Lavender is now able to focus more on his golf, the fruits of which were evidenced by a second successive triumph in the Australian Senior Amateur last month.

Club champion at the Northern Golf Club in Victoria on no fewer than 24 occasions, Lavender has quickly made himself at home in Vietnam.

“I like the course. It’s quite similar to some of the courses I play in Victoria where you have to get into the right position in the fairways,” said Lavender, whose six birdies came in two batches of three – holes five, six and seven on the front and 13, 14 and 15 on the back.

Such was the accuracy of his approach shots that the longest putt he made was from 15 feet.

Meanwhile, Australia is also setting the pace in the men’s team tournament in which they are the defending champions.

In the event in which the best three daily scores in each four-man team are counted, the Australian quartet of Lavender, Rhodes, Mark Allen and Ian Frost sit atop the leaderboard on even-par 216.

India is second on 221 followed by New Zealand (223), Korea 2 (226), Korea 1 (227) and Hong Kong, China (229).

Gemma Dooley from New South Wales Golf Club had an excellent opening day producing a 2-over-par 74 to take the women’s lead, one shot ahead of fellow-Aussie Sue Wooster, the individual runner-up last year,.

With the two best daily scores in each three-strong line-up being counted, Australia has leapt into a six-stroke lead in the team tournament from New Zealand with Hong Kong, China a further nine shots back in third.


68 – James Lavender (Australia) 71 – Sandeep S. Sandhu (India) 72 – Brent Paterson (New Zealand); Jang Heong-soo (Korea) 73 – Greg Rhodes (Australia) 74 – Duong Ngoc Duong (Vietnam); Kim Dong-sub (Korea); Syren Johnstone (Hong Kong, China) 75 – Andrew Ng (Singapore); Lai Chee Weng (Singapore); Gaurav Ghosh (India); Mark Allen (Australia); Kim Yang-kwon (Korea); Stuart Duff (New Zealand); Jaideep Singh (India) 76 – Chin Teck Chuan (Singapore); Stuart Murray (Hong Kong, China); David D’Souza (India); Kim Yeon-gi (Korea); Tony Chettleburgh (New Zealand) 77 – Amit Luthra (India); Doug Williams (Hong Kong, China); Chung Hwan (Korea) 78 – Ian Frost (Australia); Jimmy Aw (Singapore); Hoang Mai (Vietnam); Pushpendra Singh Rathore (India) 79 – Daryl Poe (Guam); Tony Melloy (Hong Kong, China); Ryo Ki-ro (Korea); Nguyen Huy Tien (Vietnam); Peter Hargreaves (Australia); Charles Beay Seng Giap (Singapore); Malcolm Gullery (New Zealand); John Ball (Hong Kong, China) LEADING MEN’S TEAM SCORES 216 – Australia (James Lavender 68; Greg Rhodes 73; Mark Allen 75; Ian Frost 78) 221 – India (Sandeep S. Sandhu 71; Jaideep Singh 75; Gaurav Ghosh 75; David D’Souza 76) 223 – New Zealand (Brent Paterson 72; Stuart Duff 75; Tony Chettleburgh 76; Malcolm Gullery 79) 226 – Korea 2 (Kim Dong-sub 74; Kim Yang-kwon 75; Chung Hwan 77; Lim Nae-rack 87) 227 – Korea 1 (Jang Heong-soo 72; Kim Yeon-gi 76; Ryo Ki-ro 79; Jung Gyeong-ho 81) 229 – Hong Kong, China (Syren Johnstone 74; Stuart Murray 76; John Ball 79; Yoshihiro Nishi 82)

LEADING WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL SCORES 74 – Gemma Dooley (Australia) 75 – Sue Wooster (Australia) 76 – Louise Mullard (Australia); Lisa Herbert (New Zealand) 78 – Bui Kim Oanh (Vietnam) 79 – Yukiko Hirahara (Singapore); Robyn Pellow (New Zealand); Lam Thi Mai (Vietnam) 80 – Diana Syer (New Zealand) LEADING WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES 149 – Australia (Gemma Dooley 74; Sue Wooster 75; Louise Mullard 76) 155 – New Zealand (Lisa Herbert 76; Robyn Pellow 79; Diana Syer 80) 164 – Hong Kong China (Loida Arnold 81; Cathy Chung 83; Felicia Louey 86) 165 – Vietnam 1 (Lam Thi Mai 79; Nguyen Thi To Uyen 86; Hoang Thi Tam 102)

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