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EXCITING PLAY-OFF to decide the result of the ACT SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS for 2023

As occurred at Federal two years ago, a play-off was required at the final venue, Federal Golf Club, to determine the ACT Senior Championship MEN’S golfer for the year. The honour went to Mudgee’s +2 handicapped golfer, MARK HALE, who scored a par on the second play-off hole (the 18th) to defeat local Gold Creek golfer David Armstrong, who scored a 5. According to reports, Dave had lipped-out on the previous play-off hole (the 10th), for a birdie, to win, and Mark was just about to shake hands. It’s a fickle game golf — at all levels. Photo above shows Mark receiving the perpetual trophy and voucher from the event organiser, ACT Monaro DGA Captain, Jim Jackson.

Both players had finished on 3-round scores of 221; with rounds of 73, 76 and 72 for Mark and rounds of 70, 72 and 79 for Dave. Closely behind were a group of three players all on 222 — Shayne Walker from Launceston, Ian Bradley from the Australian and Rowan Easterbrook from Oatlands Golf Club.

Local Gold Creek golfer Simon Dunstone (h/c 6) took out the handicap honour and prize, with nett scores of 77, 66, 69 for a total of 212, just in front of Dave Armstrong (h/c 2) with a score of 213 with Royal Sydney’s Adam Cornell (h/c 2) in 3rd place with a score of 215.

In the WOMEN’s division, Shelley Beach’s Cath Stolz had a comfortable win (9 shots) over her nearest rival, Wendy Harrington (Monash Golf Club).

Just under 120 players had started the week at Gungahlin Lakes on Tuesday 21st. The field was dominated by ACT-Monaro golfers (35 players) and NSW seniors (55 players), but there were 11 from Queensland, a few representatives from Victoria and 1 from overseas (Tasmania). About half the men’s field played off a Golflink handicap of 5 or less, with 5 of them on plus handicaps — so this was the strongest field we have had in Canberra for this annual event.

Based on comments from the players, the 3 courses used — Gungahlin Lakes, Gold Creek and Federal — were all in magnificent condition and were a pleasure to play on. Despite ominous predictions from the BOM, during the week-before, the 3 days turned out to be warm and sunny with only gently winds and virtually no precipitation. Playing conditions were good.

For FULL RESULTS, for all players, from the DGA’s Golfbox system CLICK HERE. Just use the small box (top right) to change for the scores from the various divisions).

For a table showing the Men’s prize winners, in the various divisions CLICK HERE.

Photo of Jim with runner-up Dave Armstrong CLICK HERE

Photo of Jim with Nett winner Simon Dunstone CLICK HERE

Report from DGA captain Jim Jackson

Photos for DGA President Garry Heald.