Three legends of Australian golf, Rodger Davis (NSW), Bob Shearer (VIC) and Brian Jones (QLD) are among 58 senior golf professionals set to compete in the QLD Senior Open starting on Tuesday 22nd July at Nudgee Golf Club.
In addition to these legends, leading players from the Australian PGA Senior Order of Merit including John Clifford (NSW), Garry Merrick (SA) and 2008 Victorian Senior Open Champion Queenslander Michael Ferguson, will also be vying for the lion’s share of the $20,000 purse.
Davis, winner of more than 21 titles world wide, will be looking to achieve a hat trick of QLD Senior Opens after winning in 2006 and 2007.
The QLD Senior Tour kicks off next week with QLD Senior Open at Nudgee Golf Club, players will then travel to the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Darling Downs and Brisbane where the tour will conclude at the QLD Senior PGA Championship at Redland Bay Golf Club on the 22nd August. In all the tour will stretch over 14 events for approximately $165,000.
Queensland PGA Executive Officer Ian Hepburn said, “The QLD Senior Tour is very popular amongst the Senior Professionals with many interstate and overseas players competing in almost every event in the five week schedule. Importantly this popularity is complemented at a club level with strong participation from amateur golfers in all Senior Pro Am events held throughout the QLD Senior Tour”
The QLD Senior Open is one of nine events in the 2008 Living Choice Senior Series. The series will be decided by the total aggregate scores over the nominated rounds of the Tour.
Rodger Davis wins Queensland PGA Senior Championship with a red hot 66 at Redland Bay
A final round six under par (66) has sealed victory for Rodger Davis (NSW) at the 2008 QLD PGA Seniors Championship at Redland Bay Golf Club. Davis made eight birdies in his round with only two bogeys.
The QLD PGA Senior Championship was Davis’s fourth victory on the 2008 QLD Senior Tour.
“Four seasons in one day” was how Redland Bay host professional Len Beck described conditions with dangerous weather stopping play twice in the afternoon round. Players stuck out the conditions returning on both occasions and still managed to post some low rounds. Davis expressed his thanks to the amateur players who persevered despite the conditions and aided in the completion of the round.
First round leader Mike Ferguson (QLD) finsihed the Championship in outright second with rounds of 66 and 70 for a two day total of eight under par.
Ferguson wasn’t too upset with the second place as his round left him in outright first place on the 2008 Living Choice Senior Series with a total of 866. In outright second place for the series was 2008 Gold Coast Senior Open winner Garry Merrick (SA) who’s total came to 868.
Davis was not in contention for the Living Choice Senior Series due to an injury that occurred before the QLD Senior Open.
Living Choice Senior Series Leaderboard – Final Standings1. Michael Ferguson – 866
2. Garry Merrick – 868
3. Craig Owen – 869
4. Glen Moss – 871
5. Allan Cooper – 878