REIGNING Australian Masters champion Peter Senior finished his year on a high note by winning the inaugural Sunshine Coast Masters in his home state of Queensland.
The 56 year old shot a final round 5-under par at the Twin Waters Golf Club to finish on 14-under for the tournament, which ended the 2015 season for the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour.
The unique event, largely organised by fellow competitor and now high profile golf commentator Ian Baker-Finch, was contested over four rounds, with the first three comprising of individual Pro-Ams at Noosa Golf Club, Peregian Springs Golf Club and Twin Waters, with the final round returning to Twin Waters.
The win marked a very successful summer for Senior, who returned home from his US Champions Tour battles to firstly narrowly miss winning the Australian Senior PGA Championship in Sydney in a playoff against Rodger Davis, then famously win the Aussie Masters at Huntingdale to make it a “Triple Crown” of Australia’s three major championships in his 50’s, then to also narrowly miss winning the Australian Legends Championship at Byron Bay in a playoff with Tod Power.
Senior then won the Sunshine Coast Masters “1st Round” event, the Noosa Legends Pro-Am, before securing the overall title in the final round on Friday.
“This has been a great week for me and I can only congratulate all the players on the performances this week in making it a wonderful series of events,” Senior said after accepting the title.
“It’s great to have golf on the map in the area again and thanks has to go to Ian Baker-Finch for his efforts in getting this off the ground with the host golf clubs.”
Senior will take a break over the Christmas period before returning to the US at the end of January to compete on the Champions Tour for likely his final season.
Allan Cooper won the Peregian Springs Legends Pro-Am while Richard Backwell took out the Twin Waters event.
The 2016 E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour will kick off with Qualifying School at the Sandhurst (Champions Course), Sandhurst, in Victoria from January 6 to 8.