Martin Pettigrew wins 2016 Australian PGA Senior Championship on debut

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Martin Pettigrew a winner at Mollymook. Photo: PGA of Australia

NEW ZEALAND’S Martin Pettigrew couldn’t have had a better start to his E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour career, winning the season’s premier event on debut.

The 50 year old claimed the Australian PGA Senior Championship at Mollymook Hilltop Golf Course on the NSW south coast by three strokes from veteran Aussie David Merriman.

Pettigrew finished 54 hole tournament at 2-under par after rounds of 72-72-70 on the tough but stunning Mollymook layout.

The Kiwi took a one stroke overnight lead over Merriman into the final round and played consistent golf with eight pars and a birdie through his opening nine holes. His only blemish came via a bogey on the difficult par-4 14th hole. 

“This win means a lot to me as I had no status for next year,” Pettigrew said after being presented with the winning trophy.

“I was a bit nervous down the stretch but once I hit it in close on 17 and made birdie, I was feeling comfortable.”

PGA Legends Tour Co-coordinator Andy Rogers gave praise to the organisers.

“I can’t believe what a good job the club has done. It is great to see Shoalhaven Council and the whole community behind the event. The improvements to the course over the past twelve months have really enhanced the tournament.”

E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour Order of Merit Leader Tim Elliott finished the tournament in a tie for third and maintains his lead over David Merriman with three events remaining.

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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