Tasmanian Peter O’Keefe surged to a seven-shot win in the Australian Veteran Golf Championship in Launceston on Friday. And while Tasmanians had a day to celebrate in an event that attracted more than 400 interstate competitors, Western Australia’s Cath Bellemore won the women’s title. O’Keefe, from Iron Pot Golf Club south of Hobart, had led by a shot going into the final round of the men’s A grade championship. His 76 at Country Club Tasmania on Friday saw him finish with a three-round score of 237. John Ciezki, from Buninyong in Victoria, finished seven shots back, while Prospect Vale’s Rod Campbell, the first-round leader, had a final-round 85 on his home course to finish on 247. It was another home-state title in B grade, where Launceston’s Rob Sindorff held on to beat Queenslander Graeme Finn by a shot. Nedlands-based Bellemore’s final-round 85 gave her a three-round total of 252 as she became the first winner of the perpetual trophy for the women’s championship. Defending champion Helen Pascoe, of Buninyong in Victoria, finished on 253. Launceston’s Di Godfrey won the Division 1 stableford section with 100 points over the three rounds, one point clear of Smithton’s Jill Dixon. Riverside player Alison Henty was the Divison 2 gross winner while clubmate Margaret Bond was the overall women’s stableford champion with 101 points. Colebrook’s David Marshall won the men’s C grade stroke event. Barry Berwick, of Riverside, had the best stableford score. West Australian Peter Schilling gave the event its second hole-in-one when he aced the 17th at Country Club Tasmania. Tournament director Phillip Atkins said the event had run smoothly with no major problems “apart from the wind, which we couldn’t do much about’’. He said the feedback on the event from competitors had been sensational. “It’s been full-on, but it’s been a great, successful week, he said. “We’ve had more than 140 volunteers who have worked relentlessly all week to make it happen.” A presentation dinner on Friday night wrapped up the week-long event. Results _ Men _ A grade stroke: 237 P. O’Keefe (Iron Pot) 82 79 76; 244 J. Ciezki ; 247 R. Campbell (Prospect Vale) 77 85 85; 253 J. James (Vic.) 84 87 82; 255 J. Hogan (Qld) 81 87 87, G. Dodge (Claremont) 88 79 88. B grade stroke: 263 R. Sindorff (Launceston) 87 87 89; 264 Graeme Finn (Qld) 92 86 86. C grade stroke: 289 D. Marshall (Colebrook) 100 88 101; 299 P. Edmonds (Qld) 97 97 105. Stableford: B. Berwick (Riverside) 103. Women _ Div. 1: 252 C. Bellemore (WA) 83 84 85; 253 H. Pascoe (Vic.) 87 83 83. Stableford: D. Godfrey (Launceston) 100 points; J. Dixon (Smithton) 99; J. Jago (Launceston, B. Moxham (WA) 98.

West Australian Cath Bellemore has staked a strong claim to be the first name on the women’s perpetual trophy at the Regis Aged Care Australian Veteran Golf Championship in Launceston. However, Tasmanians are well in contention virtually all other divisions going into Friday’s final round. Bellemore, who plays at the Nedlands Golf Club in Perth, followed her opening-round 83 at Riverside on Tuesday with an 84 in the morning round on Thursday. She leads defending champion Helen Pascoe, from Buninyong in Victoria, by three shots going into Friday’s final round. Tasmanians fill three of the top five places in the men’s championship after the A grade round at Launceston Golf Club. Iron Pot Golf Club’s Peter O’Keefe shot a 79 to go a shot ahead of first-round leader Rod Campbell of Prospect. Campbell, who will play the final round on his home course, followed his opening 77 with an 85 on Thursday. Launceston’s David Hamilton was the third of the Tasmanians, Claremont player Geoff Dodge matched O’Keefe’s 79 to be third of the Tasmanians, just four shots from the lead. In men’s B grade, Launceston Golf Club’s Rob Sindorff repeated his opening-day 87 on Thursday to hold a three-shot lead overall after the morning round at Country Club Tasmania. Queenslander Peter Clarke was second with Graeme Finn, also from Queensland, shooting an 86 in the morning to be a further shot back. In women’s Division Two, Tasmanians Liz Young (Launceston) was the leader, one shot ahead of Riverside’s Margaret Bond. LEADERBOARDS (after two rounds) MEN A grade stroke: 161 P. O’Keefe (Iron Pot) 82 79; 162 Rod Campbell (Prospect) 77 85; 164 C. Rose (NSW) 78 86, S. Wharton (WA) 84 80; 165 D. Hamilton (Launceston) 78 87, J. Ciezki (Vic) 83 82; 167 G. Dodge (Claremont) 88 79, B. Worth (NSW) 87 80, J. Robertson (Vic) 83 84; 168 J. Hogan (Qld) 81 87. B grade: 174 R. Sindorff (Launceston) 87 87; 177 P. Clarke (Qld) 90 87; 178 G. Finn (Qld) 92 86. C grade: 188 P. Montgomery (WA) 90 96; 188 D. Marshall (Colebrook ) 100 88; 192 V. Rulewski (SA) 95 97. Women _ Div 1 leading scores: 167 Cath Bellemore (WA) 83 84; 170 H. Pascoe (Vic) 87 83; 173 J. Frost (NSW) 86 79; 179 D. Wolfe (Vic) 92 87; G. Hoskin (NSW) 92 87. Div 2 leading scores: 204 L. Young (Launceston ) 107 97; 205 M. Bond (Riverside ) 102 103; 207 V. Critcher (NSW ) 101 106; 208 A Henty (Launceston ) 106 102; T. Meyer (NSW ) 104 104.

Prospect Vale’s Rod Campbell took the early honours in Regis Aged Care Australian Veteran Golf Championship on Tuesday. Playing with the rest of the men’s A grade field at Riverside Golf Club, Campbell shot a 77 to take a one-shot lead into Thursday’s second round. Chris Rose, from Ballina in NSW, and Launceston Golf Club’s David Hamilton, who played in the afternoon group, were one shot back after the first round of the championship. Hamilton won the stableford section on day one with 37 points on a countback from three players. In the women’s Division 1, West Australian Cath Bellemore shot 83 to lead overall, after playing in the morning group Riverside. Launceston Golf Club’s Rob Sindorff led the men’s B grade stroke event, which started on his home course, after shooting an 87 in the morning round. Sindorff was two shots ahead of West Australian Alan Goodall, who fired an 89 in the afternoon. South Australian John Dodd took the stableford honours in B grade with 37 points. Vicki Critcher, of St Georges Basin in NSW, led the women’s Division 2. Margaret Salotti took stableford honours with 36 points. Wednesday is a rest day for the championship although not necessarily a break from golf for the competitors. Transport and tee times have been arranged for them to play at Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm before the championship resumes on Thursday with the second round. The championship finishes on Friday. Results – MEN – A grade gross: R. Campbell (Prospect Vale) 77; C. Rose (NSW), D. Hamilton (Launceston) 78. Stableford: D. Hamilton 37 on countback. B grade gross: R. Sindorff (Launceston) 87; A. Goodall (WA) 89. B grade stableford: J. Dodd (SA) 37 points; P. Clarke (Qld) 36. C grade gross: P. Montgomery (WA) 90; V. Rulewski (SA), C. Thorniley (WA) 95. Stableford: B. Berwick (Riverside) 41 points;. WOMEN – At Riverside _Div 1 gross: C. Bellemore (WA) 83, J. Frost (NSW) 86. Stableford: B. Moxham (WA) 38 points. Div 2 gross: M. Hogan (Qld) 101; M. Bond (Riverside) 102. Stableford: R. Searle (Riverside) 31 points. At Launceston _ Div 1 gross: D. Hoschke (NSW) 89; D. Wolfe (Vic), L. Bansgrove (Qld) 92. Div 1 stableford: L. Bansgrove (Qld) 33 points. Div 2 gross: V. Critcher (NSW) 101; J. Muir (NSW). Div 2 stableford: M. Salotti (NSW) 36 points. At Country Club Tasmania _ Div 1 gross: M. Ciavarella (NSW) 90; M. Middleton (SA) 93. Stableford: L. Sumpton (Thirlstane) 34. Div 2 gross: H. Berryman (NSW) on countback from T. Meyer (NSW) 104. Stableford: M. Carter (WA) 31 points.

Darwin golfer Tom Harold gave himself one of the best possible starts to the week on day one of the Regis Aged Care Australian Veteran Golf Championship on Monday. Playing in the four-ball best ball event that kicked off the week, Harold scored the first hole-in-one of the championship and the first of his golfing career. Playing at Riverside Golf Club, Harold holed out on the 150m par-three fourth. It helped Harold and his playing partner, fellow Darwin competitor Tom Cummings, finish third with 41 points in the morning section at Riverside. The Riverside morning event was won by NSW players Alf Buckley and Andy Richmond with 43 points. The best score of the day came at Country Club Tasmania, where Queensland pair Maureen and Jeff Hogan, from Redland Bay, won on that course with 48 points. At Launceston Golf Club, locals dominated the morning event. Sally Gibb and Jenni Jago won on their home course with 46 points from Rex Greenberg (Prospect) and Phil McArthur (Riverside), who had 44 points. Monday’s four-ball event was a lead-in to the first round of the 54-hole championship on Tuesday. Course staff and more than 150 volunteers started work across the three courses from as early as 4.30am on Monday to make final preparations. The championship, which is hosted by the Tasmanian Veteran Golfers Union, will see more than 450 players rotate around three Launceston golf courses over the rest of the week. Results _ Riverside _ Morning: A. Buckley (Singleton, NSW)-A. Richmond (Penrith, NSW) 43 points 1; on countback from B. Brown (NSW)-N. Watler (NSW) 43 points 2; T. Harold-T. Cummins 41 3. Afternoon: J. Enkelaar (Riverside)-C. Thorniley (WA) 45; B. Boyd (Qld)-G. Browning (Qld) 45; J. Green (Qld)-N. Mitchell (Qld) 42. Launceston _ Morning: S. Gibb (Launceston)-J. Jago (Launceston) 46; R. Greenberg (Prospect Vale)-P. McArthur (Riverside) 44; L. Godfrey (Launceston)-D. Godfrey (Launceston) 43. Afternoon: P. Cooper (Riverside)-M. Fisher (Riverside) 47; T. McCann (Vic)-R. Delaland (Vic) 41; P. Brown-N. Brown (WA) 39. Country Club Resort _ Morning: M. Hogan (Qld)-J. Hogan (Qld) 48; V. Caruso (WA)-T. O’Loughlin (Qld) 46; P. Clarke (Qld)-T. Palham (Qld) 45. Afternoon: T.Puckering-P.McKenna (Iron Pot, Tas.) 44; J. Ciezki (Vic)-K. Robinson (Vic.) 42; R. Kowald (WA)-J. Kowald (WA) 42.

WHAT: Regis Aged Care Australian Veteran Golf Union National Championship WHEN November 11-15 2019 WHERE: Country Club Tasmania, Riverside Golf Club, Launceston Golf Club More than 450 competitors, over 100 non playing partners, 150 volunteers and a canny bit of scheduling will next week play their part in pumping $1 million-plus into the Northern economy. Three Launceston golf courses will jointly host the Australian Veteran Golf Championship – an annual event played in each state on a rotational basis. On Sunday (November 10) a registration day and mini-taste of the region at Country Club Tasmania will kick off a week that has been three years in the planning. Tournament director Phillip Atkins said “We’ve still got a few i’s to dot and t’s to cross but we’re getting there,” Mr Atkins said. Mr Atkins and organising committee member Sue Shea attended last year’s event in Port Stephens in NSW on a fact-finding mission. They came back armed with more knowledge about the daunting task ahead. Along the way, they’ve made some decisions that appear to be paying off, not the least in scheduling. “We had a bit of flexibility in October-November as to when we held the event. We went for this particular week to try to fit in with interstate people who might be travelling to the Melbourne Cup,’’ he said. That appears to have worked, with entries capped around 450 and almost 90 per cent of competitors – and their partners – travelling from interstate. “We’ve even got about 100 coming from Western Australia,” he said. With more than 450 players and their partners spending at least a week in the city, and many taking time before and after the championship to tour the state, the organisers are also going out of their way to give the event a uniquely Tasmanian flavour. Sunday’s registration event will feature home-grown produce like wine, seafood, cheese and spirits. The Launceston Visitor Information Centre will also offer advice on regional attractions. And just another thing to organise - four half day tours for over 60 non playing partners exploring Launceston, visiting the Cataract Gorge, touring the Tamar Valley including wine tasting and highlights of the city featuring the City Park and Queen Victoria Art Gallery at Inveresk. These tours will be hosted by Riverside lady golfers. And the local flavour even extends to prizes, with the Kings Meadows Men’s Shed making many of the trophies that will be presented at the end of the week. The championship will be jointly hosted by Riverside, Launceston and Country Club Tasmania. Championship events start on Monday before the three rounds of the championship proper are played from Tuesday-Friday. A rest day is scheduled for next Wednesday and even then there are two coaches of players heading up to experience Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm courses with others going on a tour of wineries, the Bridestowe Lavender Farm and Bridport. A presentation dinner at the Tailrace Centre at Riverside wraps up the week on Friday, November 15.





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