THE EZ-GO PGA Legends Tour has hit South East QLD with the inaugural City of Ipswich Legends Pro Am at Sandy Gallop Golf Club on Friday.
After a successful Darling Downs swing in Toowoomba, Dalby and Chinchilla, the professionals will now make South East QLD their home for the next 2 weeks.
Friday’s event marked the return of professional golf to Sandy Gallop where the last Pro Am was staged in 1990. Tournament organiser Rod Daniel’s talked about the energy round the club.
“Having the professionals back playing at Sandy Gallop is great for the club and is a real reward for our members who have had a tough start to 2011 with the impact of the floods”
This week’s swing of events on the Gold Coast will certainly be one to watch with more than 60 professionals taking part in events at Surfers Paradise, Helensvale and Sanctuary Cove Golf Club’s. With the likes of Ossie Moore, Michael Ferguson, Lyndsay Stephen and Rodger Davis taking part in events during the week, scores are sure to be low.
New Zealand Legends Tour Professional and currently sitting second place on the Order of Merit Jim Lapsley, talked about the tournaments on the Gold Coast.
“We all really love coming to one of the best stops of the tour and to have the events all in a row this year means that we can put on a show for the locals whilst enjoying everything that the region has to offer”
In the coming weeks the professionals will play with more than 1000 amateurs competing for over $135,000 in prizemoney. Below is the schedule of the remaining events on the EZ-GO PGA Legends Tour:
Date Tournament Prizemoney
22nd July City of Ipswich Legends Pro Am (Sandy Gallop GC) $10,000
25th July Lifestyle Asset Management Legends Pro Am (Surfers Paradise GC) $15,000
26th July Gold Coast Senior Open (Helensvale GC) $10,000
27th-28th July Mercedes-Benz Sanctuary Cove Legends Pro Am $17,500
1st August Ken Barton Memorial Legends Pro Am (Wynnum GC) $15,000
5th-7th August Fraser Coast Classic (Hervey Bay GC) $30,000
9th August Tewantin Noosa Legends Pro Am $10,000
10th August Amalgamated Pest Control Carbrook Legends Pro Am $10,000
11th-12th August QLD Senior PGA Championship (Redland Bay GC) $25,000
After the event’s first staging in 2010, the professionals are really looking forward to getting back to Carbrook Golf Club, and club manager Scott Wagstaff is looking forward to the club reaping the benefits of the Legends being in town.
“The Legends Tour is a really good fit for the Carbrook Golf Club not only because of the great experience everyone has, but also due to the fact that each of the 60+ professionals act as ambassadors for the club which makes the event a great marketing tool for our facility.”
The EZ-GO Legends Tour is an opportunity for amateurs to play with some of our game’s great players and unlike many other sports, most of the Legends Tour Professionals are still playing just as good in their later years, as they did in their prime.
Entry to all EZ-GO Legends Tour events is free and spectators are welcome. Any amateurs who wish to participate in any of the Legends Tour events are encouraged to contact the respective clubs for more details.
Original information courtesy of PGA of Australia